Green Purchasing

tulane green purchasingAll Tulane departments are now required to purchase ENERGY STAR labeled appliances, lights, and electronics. ENERGY STAR is a program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy that identifies the most energy efficient models of most electronics and appliances. More details can be found at the ENERGY STAR Purchasing Policy website.

Tulane has a decentralized purchasing system where departments and offices bear responsibility for their own operating supplies. It is up to a large number of individuals to make environmentally responsible purchasing decisions. Tulane encourages purchasers to follow green purchasing guidelines recommended by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building operations and maintenance criteria. For more information about Tulane’s LEED purchasing guidelines, click here.

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences has a developed a plan for sustainable operations, including many purchasing recommendations.

What You Can Do
If you are responsible for ordering supplies and equipment for an office or department, look for products that meet the ENERGY STAR and LEED purchasing guidelines.

  1. How to Shop for ENERGY STAR at Tulane University
  2. LEED Green Purchasing Guidelines
  3. EES Greening Plan 2012
  4. Guide to Green Labels