Green procurement

University of Miami strives to purchase environmentally and socially responsible materials and products. Learn more about our Environmentally Preferred Products and Services Guidelines

green procurement

Our Purchasing Department is committed to purchasing products that have earned the Energy Star label, and have met the Energy Star specifications for energy efficiency, wherever possible and practical.

Visit Energy Star for complete product specifications and updated lists of qualifying products.

Our Custodial Companies are required to follow those guidelines and many of the products that they use have one of the following Sustainable/Green labels



In July 2019, a Sustainable Procurement Survey was sent to our vendors to assess broad environmental considerations in our supply chain. Among the 384 answers we received, here are some highlights:

  • 41% offer a line of reusable products
  • 28.5% offer products that are recyclable in SE Florida.
  • 44% are shipping from less than 500 miles from our main campus.
  • 13.5% have prepare and publish their own Corporate Social Responsiblity report.
  • 22.5% of vendors appeared to have a formal Environmentally Preferred Products and Services policy. 

    You can find the complete results here.

Here are the top 22 third party certification most commonly used among our vendors for EPP:

1- Forest Stwarship Council (paper, forest products)
2- Sustainable Forestry Initiative (paper, forest products)
3- Energy Star (EPA - energy efficiency products)
4- Scientific Certification Systems SCS Global Services (EPP, Sustainable Choice and Indoor Advantage Gold - furniture, carpet...)
5- National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA - premium-efficiency motor)
6- WaterSense (EPA - water efficient products)
7- Green Seal (cleaning, building, restaurant products)
8- Ecologo (UL - products, services and packaging certified for reduced environmental impact)
9- Greenguard (UL - low emission chemical products)
10- Safer Choice (EPA - chemical products)
11- BioPreferred (USDA - biobased products)
12- CRI green Label (carpet and rugs)
13- Biodegradable Products Institute compostable (food services)
14- Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (electronic equipment)
15- Carbon free product (Carbon Fund)
16- Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool - EPEAT (GEC - electronics)
17- Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (paper, forest products)
18- USDA Organic (food products)
19- R2 (Sustainable Electronics Recycling International - electronics)
20- Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (EU - electronics)
21- CARB (California Air Resources Board - formaldehyde emissions in composite wood products)
22- Oeko-Tex (International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile and Leather Ecology)