EXECUTIVE ORDER 4
Governor David A. Paterson signed Executive Order 4 (EO4) on April 24, 2008. EO4 establishes a state green procurement and agency sustainability program. The goals of EO 4 include the conservation, improvement and protection of natural resources, the promotion of effective methods to reduce energy and resource consumption and the procurement of commodities, services and technology that minimize the potential environmental and health impacts of these activities. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the Executive Order.
On October 7, 2008, the University distributed a list of general guideline and to begin the process of implementing them in to the normal course of campus operations. Those guidelines include the following:
- The use of copy paper, janitorial paper and other paper composed of 100% post-consumer recycled content and processed chlorine-free to the extent practicable.
- The use of 100% post-consumer recycled content paper to the extent practicable in all University publications.
- The implementation of programs to separate recyclable materials.
- The implementation of programs to reduce waste.
The Office of Purchasing & Contracts has developed a list of products that the campus community can consider when purchasing commodities include in the Executive Order. The list is not exhaustive, updated periodically and identifies vendors from whom we are currently doing business. Please spend some time reviewing the list. We are always happy to add to it if you have discovered another commodity that complies with the Executive Order.
Additionally, the Rapid Copy Center (located in BA-B26) uses a wide range of papers that contain the maximum percentage of post-consumer recycled content that is currently available. Please consider Rapid Copy for your copying needs. They can be reached at 442-3245. You can also submit your copying jobs via Digital StoreFront.
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