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Sustainable Purchasing Program

Serve the University community by educating, advising, and engaging students, faculty and staff in the application of ecological principles to achieve Sustainable Purchasing solutions.

What is Sustainable Purchasing?

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) or Sustainable Purchasing refers to the procurement of products and services that have a reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose. This comparison may consider raw materials acquisition, production, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, reuse, operation, maintenance or disposal of the product or service.

Program Goals

Sustainable Purchasing Guidelines

The Sustainable Purchasing Guidelines are some of the various commodity identifiers that the University may consider when purchasing goods or services.

Current Initiatives

Sustainability Council

Established in 2008, the Sustainability Council develops methods to implement the goals and initiatives of the Sustainable Purchasing Program for the benefit of CU System and its campuses. The Council is comprised of representatives from the CU System and all campuses:


PSC Sustainability Officer

Jeff Darling