Purchasing: Social Sustainability 

  • ISU Procurement Services has a goal in place of developing a used equipment website that will allow students, faculty and staff to buy and sell items.
  • ISU Procurement Services won the 2016 National Purchasing Institute Excellence in Procurement Award, recognizing excellence in public procurement through evaluating procurement efforts on the basis of efficiency, staffing, e-commerce, among others.
  • Procurement Services supports the sustainability of local businesses and producers by purchasing (when feasible and effective) locally-produced and -provided products and services.
  • Iowa State specifies a particular vendor code of conduct related to procurement and sustainability, seeking to do business with suppliers who share concerns for and commitment to sustainable business practices. This code requires suppliers to meet all applicable environmental rules, regulations and laws in the countries where they do business, as well as to consistently look for new and better ways to conserve resources, reduce pollution and waste and enhance the communities in which they operate.


“We handle a lot of items that keep the city of Iowa State running: manhole covers, pipes, supplies for our maintenance shop, fertilizers, grass seeds, copy paper, toilet paper, office supplies, any and all recurring things that keep this place operating.”

-Norm Hill, Logistics and Support Services Director