Carleton University is dedicated to embedding sustainable procurement into our campus operations and strategies. As outlined in our sustainability plan, Goal 4.3 showcases Carleton Universities commitment to develop the capacity for all departments and faculties to include sustainability in the procurement of goods, services and in the supply chain. This includes the following:


  • Establish policies, procedures and guidelines that promote sustainable procurement.
  • Embed the principles of sustainability within procurement activities to ensure the selection of products and services that provide value for money on a whole life cycle basis and achieve wider economic, social and environmental benefits.
  • Adopt an institution-wide preference to purchase environmentally preferable products where appropriate.
  • Ensure that employees, contractors, suppliers and vendors act both in accordance with the university‚Äôs commitment to sustainability and support sustainability principles.
  • Establish a system that increases the use of surplus goods by departments and Faculties.

The Importance of Sustainable Procurement

As a large campus with over 30,000 students, faculty, and staff, Carleton University has the power to work with suppliers to provide more sustainable products across campus. Done well, this aligns Carleton with SDG goal 12 – Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns, and supports the following:

  • Helps reduce Carleton Universities overall environmental impact
  • Limits the consumption of single use plastics and e-waste on campus
  • Minimizes the chance to purchase from suppliers with a poor environmental track record
  • Directs support to suppliers and companies that are providing green product solutions

Sustainable Purchasing Guide

So, how does Carleton University purchase sustainably? While every product and purchase is unique, the following tips can help ensure that sustainability is always at the forefront of our purchasing decisions.

Buy Green Certified Products

Look for reputable products or suppliers with Green certifications or standards. Usually issued by a third-party and accompanied by an Eco-logo, these products have significantly less environmental impacts, if any, compared to non certified products.

Limited Unnecessary Purchases

Always try to use surplus products before ordering more. Check out our upcoming surplus sales program “CUrb” program here.