To support the University of Utah's community of approximately 32,000 students, the campus annually purchases nearly $2 million in paper and office supplies, more than $10 million in computers and IT equipment and spends several million dollars on lab equipment and supplies. Sustainable purchasing demonstrates the University's commitment to buying goods, materials and services that reflects our core values of fiscal responsibility, social equity, community and environmental stewardship. We have an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Guideline for campus that is based on federal standards.
Individuals at the University of Utah who make purchasing decisions, whether faculty, staff or students, must follow existing university policies and procedures and be careful stewards of financials resources. In most cases, products or services that are environmentally preferable will save energy and reduce waste, both of which save our institution money.The Purchasing Department supports Environmentally Preferable Purchasing practices and can offer advice on procuring products with less impact. Our on-campus providers, the Campus Store, General Stores and Receiving, Surplus and Salvage and University Print & Mail Services all offer green purchasing options. Additional questions about EPP practices can be addressed to the Sustainability Resource Center.