Environmental Purchasing Report 2017
Recycling Programs (Diverted from Landfill)
326,132 pounds of Office Waste Paper were shredded through contract with Shred-It.
- Represents 1,631 trees saved
13,505 pounds of Electronic Scrap was recycled through contract with Powerhouse
2,166 Toner Cartridges were recycled through contract with Clover Technologies.
2,215,220 pounds recycled through Single Stream Recycling Program through QRS.
- Increase of 15% from 2015
Office Supplies and Printing Services
Over 17,000 Office Supplies items are offered with a recycled content of 30% to 100%.
- 14.2% of all Office Supply Products purchased by UofL Departments had a recycled content. This represents a total of 6,634 items.
- 58% of all Core List (945 items) contain a recycled content
385 Recycled Toner Cartridges were purchased in 2016.
- All Toner Cartridges are required to be remanufactured if available
67,280 Reams of recycled Copy Paper was purchased in 2016.
- Savings: 749 trees (2 American Football Fields); 74,510 lbs. of waste (3 garbage
trucks); 728,100 gallons of US water (1 Olympic swimming pool); 688,202 lb. of
CO2 (emissions of 105 cars per year); 311 lb. of NOx (emissions of one truck
during 450 days); 611 MMBTU (energy consumption of 6 households per year)
1,171 Cartons of recycled paper used in University Print Shop had a recycled content of at least 30%.
- Contract with outside Printing Firms required the use of a minimum 30% recycled content.
UofL Stores Department
Paper Products (Towels, Tissue, Envelopes, etc.) carry a Recycled Content from 30% to 50%.
Carpet from Mohawk meets Carpet and Rug Institute Indoor Air Quality Program and contains a recycled content.
All Cleaning Chemicals and Products are Green Seal Certified by both University Physical Plant Department and Contract Vendors.
Other products with a recycled content: Trash Can Liners, Trash Cans, Microfiber Mop Heads, Brooms, Buffing Pads.
LED Lighting added in 2015 to replace Incandescent Bulbs.
Other Environmental University Reporting
New Construction and Major Renovation Projects are designed for LEED Certification.
Construction Firms required to recycle construction waste.
- Stricter requirements being developed for Contractor compliance
All purchases of Computer Equipment and Appliances are required to be Energy Star Compliant.
- New University purchase practices being considered for stricter requirements
All materials (Dorm Furniture and Convector Units) removed from dorms during Mold Remediation at Miller and Threlkeld Halls were recycled or donated to Habitat for Humanity. Nothing was sent to landfill.
All new purchases of Vehicles other than Emergency Vehicles and Grounds Equipment are required to be Flex Fuel Compliant under DOE directive.
Partnership for a Green City