Business Services

West Chester University

201 Carter Drive, Suite 200
West Chester, PA 19383


Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Business Practices

Environmentally Preferred Purchasing (EPP) is the procurement of goods and services that have a lesser or reduced impact on human health and the environment as compared to other goods and services serving the same purpose.

By implementing an Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Program, West Chester University can:

• Reduce pollution and conserve resources, including water and energy.
• Improve its environmental footprint on our local community, as well as the global community.
• Reduce costs by optimizing the supply chain, avoiding waste and conserving resources.
• Reduce the amount of toxic substances disposed or consumed.
• Lesson the impact to public health.

The objectives of the Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Program are:

1. Educate all West Chester University employees on the Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Program, their role in the process, and the opportunities to purchase environmentally preferred goods and services.
2. Increase purchases of environmentally preferred goods and services consistent with the mission of West Chester University while still remaining cost-effective and in compliance with procurement policy.
3. Reduce consumption of energy and natural resources.
4. Increase the use of recycled content products where possible.
5. Create a model program for successfully purchasing environmentally preferable products that encourages other PASSHE universities and the local community to adopt similar goals.
6. Help make the “green choice” the easy choice.

The Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Program will strive to promote the purchase of products that reduce the environmental impact by the way the products are made, transported used and disposed of.

Where practical and cost effective, procurement activity will include and/or promote the purchase of products that:

• Are durable, long lasting, reusable and/or refillable.
• Reduce waste, resulting in the purchase of fewer products.
• Request that vendors eliminate or reduce packaging and that all packaging be reusable or recyclable.
• Are energy efficient (Energy Star).
• Are low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
• Are manufactured by carbon negative companies.
• Use less polluting alternatives such as natural gas, bi-based fuels and hybrids.
• Are biodegradable.