The SEED Initiative


The University is committed to the environmentally responsible use of resources and sustainability. Purchasing practices of 'buying green' support the University's initiative of minimizing the effects our institution has on the environment by using procurement methods that are socially and economically responsible.

Environmentally Preferred Purchasing (EPP) or green purchasing attempts to reduce environmental impact and maximize resource efficiency. To reduce our carbon footprint, Purchasing also works with suppliers who make regular deliveries to our campuses to reduce the number of delivery days needed yet meet the needs of our customer base.

Categories for sustainability that all employees should be aware of when making purchases are:

energy star
  • Energy Star products
  • Energy efficient alternatives for interior/exterior lighting
  • Products with recyclable content
  • Remanufactured toner cartridges
  • Use of biodegradable materials for packaging
  • Use of renewable resources
  • Bio-based fuels, hybrids, electric batteries (less polluting alternatives for vehicles purchases)
  • Cleaning solvents (no ozone depleting substances, reduced flammability, no added dyes, fragrances, skin irritants)

List of presently used products bearing Green Seal certification at UT:

  • 3M General Purpose Clean Concentrate #8
  • 3M Glass Cleaner Concentrate #1
  • 3M Neutral Cleaner Concentrate #3
  • 3M 3 in 1 Floor Cleaning Concentrate #24
  • Spartan Graffiti Remover SAC- Bio Renewable, soybean and corn esters, no petroleum solvents are added
  • Lite'N Foamy Citrus Fresh Hand Soap- Bio- RenewableBay West Roll Rowels 45800
  • Bay West Tissue 14000


Last Updated: 3/28/17