What role does USNH Purchasing and Contract Services play in advancing sustainability on campus?
Because the Purchasing Office touches so many areas of campus, we are in a unique position to work on projects that benefit not only individual departments, but the larger campus community as well. For example, since the implementation of the more energy-efficient multi-function devices (MFDs) of the PrintSmart Program, UNH has been able to reduce the energy consumption of its printers and copiers by almost 44% and has saved over a thousand trees. We’re very proud to have been part of that success.
What sustainability advice would you give to people in departments or offices who make purchasing decisions?
The cost of “being green” has really come down, and sustainability is more mainstream than it was even five years ago. Learn about other options, think about new ways to do things, consider how each purchase you make impacts the “bigger picture” outside your door.
What motivates you personally to be involved in sustainability?
It is something I brought forward from my childhood. My mother was a huge proponent of frugality and sustainability. We reduced, reused, and recycled when it was still almost unheard of. John F. Kennedy said, “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” So every day I try.