Purchasing: Environmental Sustainability 

  • Iowa State University emphasizes a lighter impact on the environment throughout purchasing operations and opportunities. When it comes to shipping and receiving, the university uses recyclable materials and prioritizes the reduction of waste by consolidating shipping to save on packaging and reduce gas emissions, as well as using reusable packing and packaging. In addition, when available and applicable, recycled-content products are utilized for campus projects and needs. The university's bookstore also offers a diversity of recycled consumer products, such as binders, graduation gowns, as well as reusable water bottles and mugs. Many materials utilized by university staff are made from recycled content, too, such as Custodial Services' mops and 94%-recycled-content biosafety cabinets used throughout campus.
  • When it comes to purchasing equipment, Iowa State saves energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by choosing ENERGY STAR-rated and EPEAT-certified products.
  • Through local purchasing (when feasible), Procurement Services and other university departments, such as ISU Dining, lowers environmental impacts through minimizing transportation costs, as well as gas emissions.
  • ISU Custodial Services exclusively uses green cleaning products that are free of harsh chemicals (both for custodial staff and building occupants) to clean all campus buildings. The only exception (of which Custodial Services is actively seeking a green alternative) is a chemical-based product that strips floors of wax and debris, used once every few years in any given building.