St. Lawrence's Purchasing Department uses the following sustainable procurement practices:

  • Sustainability Evaluation - Vendors who respond to requests for proposals (RFPs) are asked how they incorporate sustainability into their operations and how they will support SLU's sustainability goals
  • Recycled Content -  The standard copier/printer paper used on campus is 50% post-consumer recycled content, our toilet paper and paper towels are 100% post-consumer recycled content 
  • Reduced Packaging -  Many orders received by the warehouse are bulk orders and packaged minimally, for example the SPLOX copier paper is delivered in 2,500 sheet box rather than in reams
  • Environmentally Friendly Packaging - Office supply boxes are taken back by the vendor to be reused for other orders, the Dining Center uses compostable bags
  • Less Toxic Chemicals - Whenever possible we evaluate the feasibility of less toxic product substitutions
  • Small Business & MWBE Program - Purchasing as mechanism to further economic and social development