Gordon’s Computer Purchasing Department is committed to sustainability around computer purchasing. In fact, Gordon prefers to purchase Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Silver (or higher) computers and monitors. The typical system often carries the EPEAT Gold rating and is Energy Star compliant.
Gordon consistently ensures that the purchasing policy, its directives and guidelines are adhered to by doing the following:
Gordon’s preferred vendors list for computer purchasing includes:
Cleaning Products Purchasing
Institutionally, Gordon prefers to purchase Green Seal or EcoLodge certified cleaning products. In fact, Gordon has switched and continues to switch to the green alternatives for all cleaning chemicals. Chemical use has been reduced with the use of premixed packets and increased training in chemical-use reduction. The chemicals used in floor finishing have been replaced with the green equivalent.
Products are purchased at:
Expenditures on Green Seal and/or EcoLogo certified cleaning products:
Office Paper Purchasing
Gordon College is committed to using paper that is sourced and manufactured sustainably. Paper with FSC certification, SFI certification, significant post-consumer recycled content, or is manufactured in a plant powered by renewable energy will be given priority when ordering.
The papers Gordon uses most are:
Finch Opaque - FSC®-certified, SFI® certified, contains up to 10% PCW
Lynx Opaque - FSC® Certified, Rainforest Alliance Certified, SFI® Certified
Mohawk Options - FSC® Certified, GreenSeal® Certified, Green-e® Certified, 100% PCW, manufactured with renewable energy
Strathmore Writing - FSC® Certified, Made Carbon Neutral, manufactured with renewable energy
Mohawk Bright Hue - manufactured with renewable energy, contains up to 30% PCW
Accent Opaque - FSC® Certified, contains up to 30% PCW
Hammermill - FSC® Certified
Navigator Premium - FSC® Certified, PEFC Certified
Food and Beverage Purchasing
Gordon’s Dining Services department purchases food and beverages that are both grown and processed within 250 miles of the institution and are third-party certified (USDA Certified Organic, Marine Stewardship Council Blue Ecolabel, Food Alliance, Fair Trade, Certified Humane Raised and Handled). The percentage of food expenditures that meet these criteria is 15%. The percentage of food expenditures that goes toward local, organic or other environmentally preferable food is 5%. This represents food that is procured from our broadline vendors that is either grown, canned or produced in New England.
Given Gordon’s short growing season and the fact that most of the school year occurs after growing season has ended, Dining Services still tries to buy locally whenever product is available. A lot of these products are supplied by a variety of vendors and many give Gordon the option of buying local products when they are available.
Gordon has included environmental performance requirements in procurement contracts for the following (with a requirement or preference for green supplies):
Gordon College is a member of the following purchasing co-ops:
Gordon’s preferred vendors list includes: