Office Practices .
Sustainability Certification . . .
Sustainability Certification is
a comprehensive certification program that analyzes
work place activities within the following
categories: energy, materials and resources,
transportation, indoor air quality, water, and
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This is a voluntary self reported assessment
program designed to assist in the education of
faculty and staff about how individual practices can
simultaneously advance economic vitality, ecological
integrity, and social welfare.
Sustainability Policy . . .
generally defined as meeting the needs of the
present without compromising the needs of future
As a signatory of
the Talloires Declaration and an institutional
member of the Association for the Advancement of
Sustainability in Higher Education, Winthrop
University is committed to sustainability and to
serving as a positive example through sustainable
This policy will guide the
University in incorporating sustainability into
decision making, simultaneously advancing economic
vitality, ecological integrity, and social welfare.
To reach this end,
Winthrop University will:
- Create mechanisms for
input and advice on implementation of this
- Establish measurable
sustainability goals within the university
- Communicate and promote
awareness of sustainability goals;
- Foster an understanding
of the University’s impact on sustainability at
local, regional, and global scales;
- Establish and maintain
strategic partnerships with community
organizations to develop and promote sustainable
- Where practical, exceed
all applicable sustainability standards and
- Report results of this
policy on an ongoing basis and celebrate
Sustainable Procurement Policy . . .
The purpose of the
Winthrop University Sustainable Procurement
is to support the statewide
Initiative per the SC Senate
Bill 1497 by purchasing products that minimize the
harmful effects of their use and final disposition
upon the environment. Winthrop University recognizes
that the purchasing decisions of our employees can
make a difference in favor of environmental quality.
We prefer the purchase of environmentally preferable
products whenever they perform satisfactorily and
are available at a reasonable price.
Procurement Services also
recommends the use of
remanufactured printing supplies
where possible and economical. Winthrop's Staples
contract site has a special shopping list for
“Staples Sustainable Earth” inkjet cartridges and
Making Your Office Sustainable . . .
Reduce . . .
Reuse . . .
- When sending correspondents, use email whenever
possible to reduce paper use.
- Create personal
online folders instead of printing and filing all
- Share magazine and
journal subscriptions within department.
- Notify vendors who send
each of us the same catalog to send only one
publication to one designated staff member.
- Request only one or
two FYI copies to be shared by office staff.
- Whenever possible, avoid using paper, plastic
and Styrofoam plates as well as plastic utensils for
- Use reusable water bottles
our cups in place of disposable.
- Reduce office lamp
usage. Replace light bulbs with CFL bulbs.
- Check HVAC units to
make sure they aren't running when they don't need
- Because screen savers are
as important with todays monitors, they can be
turned off because they can use as much energy as
- Unplug all electrical
equipment off when it is not in use including phone
- Avoid using personal
heaters and fans; heaters can cost as much as $25 a
day to operate. Turn off monitors, copiers
and printers at night and on weekends; turn off
computers over the weekend.
Recycle . .
- Copy document front
- Reuse one-sided paper
on personal printers.
- Whenever possible, use re-usable plates, utensils and
mugs for office celebrations.
- Use reusable water
bottles our cups in place of disposable.
- Use rechargeable
batteries instead of disposable ones. Recycle all
- Recycle all materials that
can be recycled. Click on Recycling on Campus
for a list of materials that can be recycled on
- Purchase office supplies
with high recycled content when available and
products are meet quality standards. Click on
finance and Business for information about the
Sustainable Purchasing Policy for more details.