Sustainable Purchasing Policy


Faculty and Staff

Policy Statement

Syracuse University is committed to the purchase and use of environmentally and socially responsible materials, goods, and services that conserve energy and natural resources and minimize damage to the environment and human health. This encompasses all stages of a product’s life cycle, including production, use, and disposal.

Individuals expending University funds should select ecologically friendly products whenever reasonably practical, meaning that (1) a sustainable product is readily and reliably available; (2) the sustainable product can perform its intended function generally as well as a non-sustainable one; and (3) the cost of the sustainable product is either approximately similar to that of a non-sustainable product or is higher but can be justified on the basis of long-term savings.

The Purchasing Office will recommend appropriate goods and services to all departments.

Policy Administration

Date: November 2009