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/products 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. Campus toilet paper, paper towels, and napkins are 100% post-consumer recycled content.

Reduced Packaging

Many orders received by the warehouse are bulk orders and minimally packaged. Cardboard boxes are reused whenever practical.

Less Toxic Chemicals

The purchasing department evaluates the feasibility of less toxic product substitutions.

Small Business & MWBE Program

The University uses purchasing as mechanism to further economic and social development

Carbon Neutral Laundry Program

As part of the service contract, all carbon emissions associated with operating laundry washers and driers on campus are offset.