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There are many ways to change an office into a more environmentally friendly space. Sustainable office changes can save money, energy, and improve personal health. The following certifications and standards can help guide sustainable procurement options:

Certifications and Standards

Certification Description Logo
Cradle to Cradle Certifications standards examine the health effects of construction materials, whether materials can be recycled and repurposed, and consumption of water and other resources, as well as, issues of social fairness. Cradle to Cradle logo
UL ECOLOGO The UL Environment ECOLOGO program certifies products, services and packaging for reduced environmental impact. ECOLOGO Certifications are voluntary, multi-attribute, lifecycle based environmental certifications that meet the ISO 14024 standards for eco-labeling. UL ECOLOGO logo

Things to Consider:

Book iconBuy credibly certified products

  • Make sure to request options that are third party certified such as Cradle to Cradle, and UL ECOLOGO.

Circular iconBuy circular

  • How long is the product and its components meant to last?
  • Does the product contain recycled components or materials? Have efforts been made to limit excess packaging and resulting waste?
  • Does the product and/or packaging contain reusable/replaceable parts? 
  • Does the vendor offer an end-of-life takeback program? If no, can the product and/or packaging be disposed of through existing UW waste programs? Refer to the A-Z Sorting Guide if unsure.

Green iconBuy from green suppliers

  • W-Store has integrated many sustainable options in their product catalogue for students and employees. Visit the Sustainable Options of the W-Store website for office supplies and more.
  • Browse through the Staples E-Way “Green Option” for procurement choices.