The NYU Environmental Purchasing Guide serves as a companion to the Sustainability Task Force’s 2009 Environmental Purchasing Policy.  It is designed to facilitate environmentally-responsible procurement decisions by decision-makers in administrative and academic departments across the university. 

The Environmental Purchasing Guide is divided into thirteen categories of goods and services.  These sections correspond to those within the Environmental Purchasing Policy.  Each section of the Guide includes an description of the related Policy, ideas for waste-reducing alternatives, a discussion of issues to consider and what to look for when sourcing, and a list of possible vendors in the New York City metropolitan area. 

This Guide was compiled by the Sustainability Task Force Food & Purchasing Working Group, and is not an official University document. The inclusion of specific vendors or brands in any section does not constitute an endorsement by either the Sustainability Task Force or by NYU.

Before making the decision to purchase a new product, purchasers are encouraged to repair, adapt, upgrade or retrofit existing products.  It is always more sustainable to reduce and reuse before purchasing new products.  For more information on Lifespan Analysis as a method of determining the sustainability of a product, click here.  

What is Environmentally Friendly Purchasing?

Environmentally Friendly Purchasing refers to the practice of buying products with attributes that make their environmental impact less than that of comparable products, such as minimal packaging, reusability, energy efficiency, recycled content, and rebuilt or remanufactured products.

Purchasing decisions should be based on an evaluation of environmental criteria in addition to product performance, price and availability. Many environmental costs associated with the use of a product, such as production-related emissions or toxicity of disposal, are not factored into its purchase because they are “invisible” to the purchaser. By understanding all the hidden costs of a product, individuals are able to make decisions that not only incorporate performance standards but environmental concerns as well.

Additional Resources and Information

New York City’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Guide


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