Responsible Purchasing Resources for Academic Institutions
Auburn University Sustainability Initiative has gathered this short list of
resources for Purchasing and Procurement professionals. If you know of an additional resource
that should be included here, please feel free to email
You can also download a pdf copy of the presentation that
was given at the TAGM regional purchasers conference at AU in October 2007.
Responsible Purchasing in the Southeast: Buying for Now and the Future [PDF]
An excellent resource
group developed by procurement professionals around the country.
The RPN is a non-profit group and resources are provided for a
reasonable membership fee, which allow it to operate.
RPN purchasing guides
This guide provides an in-depth analysis of individual products and purchasing options.
In the fall of 2007 the RPN worked with the
US House of Representatives to help them switch to 100% post-consumer waste recycled
paper for all Congressional printing!
- US EPA Environmentally
Preferable Purchasing Site
One of the best sets of resources in terms of calculators and information
(see the links in the menu on the left on their site).
of the Federal Environmental Executive (OFEE)
A Federal office that deserves
much more recognition than it has. An incredible resource for large institutions to learn by
seeing what the US Government is doing to incorporate sustainability in its activities. The
link for their Green Purchasing information at the top of the home page.
- US Energy Star
An excellent collection of information and tools for institutional purchasers.
- American College and University Presidents
A national movement gathering commitments from the leaders of the
nation's higher learning institutions to reduce and eliminate greenhouse gas emissions over time.
National Educational Procurement
The National Association of Educational Purchasers has a complete microsite
dedicated to sustainability and green purchasing.
The organization's monthly journal consistently publishes articles related to
Educational Procurement Journal
- Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in
Higher Education (AASHE)
Check their Resource Center in the menu on the left for
information on green purchasing on campuses. Anyone who is at a member school can register for
access to all locked information.
The AASHE Bulletin
This is an great free weekly e-newsletter that summarizes sustainability
news from campuses across the country.
Probably the most comprehensive listserve available to
"responsible procurement" professionals around the country. Allows you to
communicate with peers who are working toward the same goals, or have already
encountered something you are dealing with.
Green Schools List
An excellent resource for a wide variety of sustainability issues
on campuses across the country.
Southeastern Academic Resources
Third Party Certifications
Books for Purchasers
Buying for the Future: Contract Management and the Environmental Challenge
Kevin Lyons. 1999. University of Michigan Press
"Drawing on his experience as the head of purchasing for a major American university,
Kevin Lyons offers a practical guide to responsible purchasing. Working for a university
with a population of 60,000 Lyons faced the challenge of how to reduce damage to the
environment while still meeting the needs of this community."