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Purchasing

Smart Product Choices

In summer 2013, the Purchasing Department, Buildings and Grounds and Vassar Sustainability teamed up to bring brand new paper products to restrooms and kitchens across campus. Our new dispensers use towels made from 100% unbleached recycled fiber, which require 80% less water usage in production and are chlorine free.

To go along with this change in paper products, we’ve installed new soap dispensers that deliver a Green Seal certified, all-natural and biodegradable hand washing experience.

Green Seal Certification

Green Seal is the leading industry standard in product certification. They have been leading the charge since 1989 to help businesses and institutions of all types green their purchasing, operations and services. Our new paper products and hand soap fit right in with our commitment to using only Green Seal certified cleaning products in all of our facilities on Campus.

Supporting Women and Minority Owned Businesses

From our Purchasing policy -

“Vassar College recognizes the value of diversity in our community and is, therefore, committed to actively developing supplier diversity by supporting Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) and Women Business Enterprises. Vassar College is committed to providing opportunities to certified Minority & Women-owned vendors for procurement of goods and services. A variety of approaches will be utilized to increase participation such as outreach, participation in vendor fairs, partnering with other educational institutions, and invitation to participate in all bid and quote invitations.”