Responsible Purchasing

shopping cart

Purchasing goods and services that are socially just whenever possible and have minimal impacts on the environment helps us in the long run ensure that future students inherit a healthy world. It also helps to support companies that have a strong commitment to sustainability.

What is UAF doing?

  • Rasmuson Library is serviced with 100 percent recycled paper projects and Green Seal certified cleaning products.
  • The university purchases locally processed coffee, baked goods, and ice cream, as well as some organic food.
  • Blue trash cans for paper recycling for public use are provided by the Custodial Department.
  • Dining Services uses napkins that are 90 percent post-consumer recycled paper and are interfolded so that they dispense one at a time to help reduce waste.
  • The Facilities Services greenhouse only uses organic fertilizers and pesticides.
  • There are now five hybrid vehicles in the UAF Transportation Services fleet including two dump trucks.
  • UAF has a strong green building educational program engaging the students, staff, faculty and larger community. This takes the form of publications, public lectures and demonstration projects, just to name a few.
  • UAF became a member of Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) in 2010. RPN was founded in 2005 and is an international network of buyers dedicated to socially responsible and environmentally sustainable purchasing.

Green products may include, but are not limited to, those which contain recycled contents, reduce waste, conserve energy or water, or use less packaging or less toxins.


Helpful links:

Responsible Purchasing Network: Because every purchase matters.


blue recycle bin full of shredded paper
Back to Top