Creighton University gives preference to environmentally superior products whose quality, function, and cost are equal or superior to conventional products. We require that products and packaging materials contain a prescribed minimum post-consumer recycled content and be minimized and/or substituted with more environmentally appropriate alternatives whenever possible. All products are chosen based on efficient use of energy, natural resources, and potential for safe, non-hazardous disposal. A potential supplier's own sustainable policies and practices are serious criteria for final award of University business.
Read more on the Strategic Sourcing website. Purchasing-related policies can be found here, with Policy 2.9 outlining Sustainability Practices and Policy 2.10 outlining Fair Trade at Creighton.
Creighton spent more than $400,000 on office supplies in 2013... That's a lot of purchasing power! Here's how to make a big impact by buying sustainable (green) products and purchasing less.
- Paper purchasing
- Simplifying and saving
- Going paperless
- How greener is healthier
- True cost vs. price of buying something
- Recycling plastics and toner cartridges
- Purchasing recycled-content office supplies
- Styrofoam vs. Paper: The Coffee Cup Challenge
- Paper towels
- "Green certifications" and what they all mean
- Inventory control
- Why we should buy green
During the academic year of 2014-2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and UNO’s Nebraska Business Development Center conducted a study with five universities in Omaha, including Creighton. Check out the environmental benefits of green purchasing below in the Final Report and see more findings in the Executive Summary.