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Sustainable Purchasing

NYS Executive Order 4 (EO4)

Executive Order 4 established an interagency committee on sustainability and green procurement. This committee creates lists and specifications for environmentally preferred products. These specs and products are focused on the following elements:

  • Reduce or eliminate the health and environmental risks from the use or release of toxic substances

  • Minimize risks of the discharge of pollutants into the environment

  • Minimize the volume and toxicity of packaging

  • Maximize the use of recycled content and sustainably managed renewable resources

  • Provide other environmental and health benefits

State agencies are required to purchase commodities, services and technology that meet the approved green procurement specifications. ESF is a state agency, therefore must abide by these regulations. Contact Lauren Dennis or Amber Calogero with questions and for assistance identifying products that meet EO 4 specifications.

The GreenNY website lists approved specifications and also features a searchable list of products that meet EO4 specifications that are available through preferred sources or centralized contracts. The GreenNY website also features a robust Resources section that includes annual GreenNY progress reports, webinars, case studies and much more.

The complete list of approved specifications can also be seen below:

Electronics and Appliances
  • Commercial Clothes Washers
  • Commercial Dishwashers
  • Computers and Displays
  • Domestic Clothes Washers
  • Domestic Dishwashers
  • Domestic Fridges
  • Electric Hand Dryers
  • Imaging Equipment
  • Room Air Conditioners
  • Food Services
  • Food Service Containers and Wrappers
  • Single Use Food Service Utensils
  • State Funded Food
  • Packaging
  • Model Packaging Language
  • Office & Buildings Operations
  • AAA, AA, and D Batteries
  • Acoustical Ceiling Tiles and Panels
  • Adhesives
  • Floor Coverings
  • Composting Toilets
  • Disinfectants and Sanitizers
  • Drinking Fountains
  • Floor Finishes and Floor Removers
  • Furniture
  • General Purpose Cleaners
  • Hand Cleaners, Hand Soaps, Consumer Antiseptic
  • Ink
  • Janitorial Paper Products
  • Lighting Fixtures, Ballasts, and Lamps
  • Lubricants
  • Monochrome Toner Cartridges
  • Motion Sensitive Wall Light Switches
  • Mulch
  • Outdoor Furniture and Playground Structures
  • Paint
  • Pest Management for Indoor Spaces
  • Pest Management for Outdoor Spaces
  • Photovoltaic (PV) Systems
  • Printing
  • Pre-Packaged Snowmelt and Deicing Products
  • Solid Waste Recycling and Management Services
  • Reusable Bags
  • Showerheads
  • Solar Thermal Systems
  • State-Funded Lodging
  • Sustainable Landscaping
  • Toilets
  • Trash Bags
  • Vacuum Cleaners
  • Transportation
  • Brake Pads
  • Engine Block Heaters
  • Hydraulic Oil, High Detergent
  • Lubricating Oil, High Detergent
  • Passenger Cars
  • Pavement Marking Paint
  • Pavement Sealer
  • Traffic Message Boards
  • Traffic Safety Products
  • Treated Road Salt
  • Vehicle Wheel Weights and Continuous Wheel Balancers
  • A list of tentatively approved specifications can be seen below:

    Water Bottle Ban

    Executive Order No. 18 was issued in 2009 and eliminates New York State's purchase and use of bottled water in state facilities. Bottled water is costlier than tap water and is not necessarily safer. State funds should never be used to purchase plastic water bottles and members of the campus community should avoid providing them (and all single use bottles) at events, meetings and conferences to the greatest extent possible. Individuals should also prioritize use of reusable water bottles in their day to day activities on campus!

    Discounts on Low/Zero Waste Items

    ESF is a member of the Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN). The Post-Landfill Action Network cultivates, educates, and inspires the student-led zero waste movement. They inform students about the waste crisis and equip them with the necessary skills and resources to implement solutions to waste in their campus communities. As a member campus, ESF students, faculty and staff have access to a variety of resources in PLAN's Member Hub. This Hub contains manuals, digital resources, workshops, trainings, a discount directory and much more. The discount directory offers deals on brands such as Bee's Wrap, Ecovative, Klean Canteen, World Centric and much more!

    Anyone with an esf.edu email address can access the Hub

    Click the image below to access a handy guide to exploring the PLAN Member Hub

    post landfill action network flyer

    Purchasing Contact

    Lauren Dennis
    Purchasing Coordinator