Sustainable Purchasing
Welcome to Sustainable Purchasing

In keeping with Penn's Climate Action Plan (2.0), Purchasing Services promotes an environmentally sustainable supply chain.  In collaboration with Penn’s Green Campus Partnership, Purchasing Services works with its suppliers and the Penn community to actively identify and promote products and processes that make a positive sustainability impact. Purchasing Services is a member of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council - a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and recognize purchasing leadership that accelerates the transition to a prosperous and sustainable future. The Council’s programs and community of practice will help institutional purchasers to: prioritize opportunities to influence the social, environmental and economic life cycle impacts of purchased goods and services, identify existing leadership standards and approaches that address these priorities, benchmark progress toward goals, and receive recognition for advancement.

Purchasing Services helps drive sustainability in Penn's supply chain by:

  • Identifying, enabling, and/or promoting green product solutions
  • Working with suppliers to implement green solutions
  • Recognizing green purchasing champions in the Penn community
  • Tracking individual impact to Penn's sustainability efforts among its staff

Purchasing Services also lives green.  Its suite maintains Level 4 Green Office Certification while its staff includes zero single-passenger vehicle commuters.  Further, the organization continually strives to implement efficient, electronic processes, thus removing paper from daily purchasing transactions.