AU buys green cleaners, ENERGY STAR electronic equipment and fair trade coffee.
Responsible purchasing is a key component of AU's sustainability program. We buy a number of greener products and have adopted a formal sustainable purchasing policy to further advance these practices.
What AU Is Doing to Buy Green
In 2010, AU adopted a Sustainable Purchasing Policy. Click on the Related Link at right to download the policy.
AU buys EPEAT certified laptop and desktop computers. In 2012, 99.9% of computers and monitors met EPEAT Gold criteria. For more information, click the link on the side.
We purchase Green Seal Certified cleaning chemicals where they are available.
We purchase ENERGY STAR-rated electronic equipment, such as office printers.
Inline water filters are available to replace bottled water.
A portion of the food sold on campus is local and/or sustainably produced. According to a survey completed by Bon Appetit in fall 2010, 36% of food purchased by the university was grown and processed within 250 miles of campus and/or certified as a sustainable food by a third-party certification organization (USDA Certified Organic, Marine Stewardship Council Blue Ecolabel, Food Alliance, Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, Protected Harvest).
Fair trade coffee is available in select locations on campus.
AU is a member of the Responsible Purchasing Network.
AU supports small, local, and disadvantaged businesses with contracting goals and requirements. See “CBE Purchasing Policy” in related links.