Sustainable Purchasing 

At Cornell University, sustainable purchasing is a top priority. Sustainable buying practices can promote our long-term prosperity, contribute to good jobs for people in our community, and help protect the living environment.

Big Red Bear in front of the Cornell Store

Buy Smart, Shop Sustainable

Sustainable purchasing is integrated into the Campus Sustainability Plan, a guiding document for sustainability in our campus and community. The updated plan details goals and key tactics for 2019-2026, including the following purchasing goals:

  • Double the annual sustainable expenditures by 2025.

    • Double the number of approved vendors which support sustainable business practices, social and economic equity, and diversity in business ownership, such as women, minority, and veteran owned businesses, local sustainable businesses, and B-corp certified by 2025.

    • Expand the existing Cornell sustainable purchasing guidelines to new products by doubling the available selection of verified sustainable products by 2020.

Purchasing Decisions

Do you need to make purchasing decisions for your department or workspace? Cornell made finding sustainable products easy with e-SHOP.

Similar to "wish lists" on sites like Amazon, e-SHOP's Fast Tracks offers two ways to find items you order often:

  1. A pre-defined list of items frequently purchased at Cornell, listed by category – computers, office supplies, lab supplies, paper and toners.

  2. Create your own Fast Tracks list of items you order on a regular basis or just store items you'd like to order. You can also share personal Fast Tracks folders with others. Explore institutional resources below.

Sustainable Purchasing Resources at Cornell

e-SHOP Quick Guide

Division of Financial Affairs Sustainable Purchasing

Green Seal logo

Green Seal is a non-profit organization that identifies and promotes products and services that cause less toxic pollution and waste, conserve resources and habitats, and minimize ozone depletion.

EPEAT logo

EPEAT is a system that helps purchasers in the public and private sectors to evaluate, compare, and select computers and peripherals based on their environmental attributes. EPEAT also provides a clear and consistent set of performance criteria for the design of products, and an opportunity for manufacturers to secure market recognition for efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its products.

Energy Star logo

ENERGY STAR is a government-backed program that helps businesses and consumers protect the environment through energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR provides a trustworthy label on thousands of products.

""

The Purchasing Focus Team is one of the 10 President's Sustainable Campus Committee Focus Teams. Each purchasing decision represents an opportunity to choose environmentally and socially preferable products and services and support companies with strong commitments to sustainability.

""

e-SHOP Showcases feature local suppliers and minority, woman, and veteran-owned businesses. Each purchasing decision represents an opportunity to choose environmentally and socially preferable products and services and support companies with strong commitments to sustainability.