Sustainable Purchasing Resources

Sustainable purchasing is an evolving practice, as new vendors and technologies adjust to customer demand and markets. Please utilize the below resources to help you make your sustainable purchase.

Sustainable purchasing is the practice of purchasing products and services that have a reduced impact on the environment and human health, as compared to competing products or services with similar functions. Sustainable products benefit the local and global environment, improve human health, and often save money immediately or in the long-term.

SMC-specific Resources

Bid Specification Language

Saint Mary’s College is committed to buying products with recycled content or environmentally sustainable alternatives. Please offer any alternatives that you feel are available for this product and supply all relevant specific information about the product.

Purchasing Resources 

  • Eco-Label Index (make sure the green label is a verified standard)
  • SF Approved (search engine for products approved by SF Dept. of the Environment).

Office Depot Green Purchasing