Here at UMass Lowell, sustainable purchasing means working hard to procure the most economically, socially, and environmentally responsible products available.

Through practices like these, we can support small, local businesses who are taking it upon themselves to produce goods in a sustainable fashion, so that they are not forced out of business by less sustainability-focused competing corporations. As a result, we can do our part in helping develop a sustainable economy and, through local purchasing, ensure that there are plentiful reliable jobs adhering by sustainability guidelines in the Lowell community.

These are the steps we are taking to reach sustainability through our procurement of products for the University. To continue the story, we ask you to join us in this endeavor! Try to purchase products with the same certifications that we do, and if you have any questions about whether a product helps or hurts the world, please feel free to reach out and ask us!

What We're Doing

We are doing our best to purchase ethically, while also ensuring that what we purchase is not too expensive, is durable and is non-toxic. There are also specific categories of procurement that are looked at more closely: