University of California, Riverside





UCR completes approximately 65,000 purchasing transactions annually. Roughly 90 percent of these purchases are executed through the campus’s online procurement system, UCR eBuy. This system is capable of tracking product characteristics and generating custom reports, a feature that will be enhanced in the future to populate UCR’s chosen sustainable procurement metrics. This will provide the university with a robust understanding of its purchasing behavior and enable it to observe the effect of new procurement policies.

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UCR is currently developing a sustainable procurement policy for all campus purchases that will support our Green Office Package and Certification.

The Green Office Certification will offer instruction, guidance and recognition for offices and departments that wish to implement a complete environmentally preferred purchasing and operations program.

UCR recycles 100% of its toner cartridges through an agreement with HP.

Offices and departments can purchase 30%, 50% or 100% post-consumer recycled paper for printing/copying.

Printers and copiers are being reset to print double-sided as the default setting.

The majority of writing instruments are refillable, such as Pilot's refillable dry erase marker; for those that are not Material Management offers a free recycling program for pens and mechanical pencils to the entire campus.

Housing cleaning supplies are 75% Green Seal.

Housing and dining use biodegradable trash liners for a rubbish bins.

Paper products for bathrooms, kitchens and restaurants are made from 100% postconsumer recycled paper

The Material Management department runs a very successful Excess Surplus Program. The operation recycled 1,890 items in fiscal year (FY) 2009/10, including furniture, equipment and computers. In FY 2015-2016 the program sold over 24 tons of furniture to be reused!

UCR’s Climate Action Plan requires the campus buy Energy Star compliant appliances when replacing or installing new equipment, to purchase at least Silver rated EPEAT computers, and offer non-travel options for business and collegial communications.

The campus will be installing carpet tiles in newly constructed buildings and residences.

Only low or no VOC paints are used across the campus.

Recycle Pens

Sustainable Industries Green Office Guide


Responsible Consumerism - November

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Office of Sustainability
University Village
1223 University Avenue, Suite 200P

Tel: (951) 827-1270
Fax: (951) 827-3890

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