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The University of West Florida is committed to leadership in the area of environmental stewardship and preserving the environment. We are continuously looking for Green-Minded vendors and individuals to help us further the environmental awareness message and support the University's commitment to responsible environmental actions and practices.

Green Purchasing is the purchase of goods and services that minimize environmental impacts. It includes the purchase of products that have a reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products that serve the same purpose. Adherence to cost, quality and performance standards is important and need not be sacrificed. Many environmental products work as well or better than traditional products and can even save money. Switching to safer cleaning products can reduce incidents of allergic reactions, burns, eye and organ damage, and cancer connected with the hazardous chemicals used in many traditional cleaning products. Buying 100 percent recycled-content paper can reduce energy use by 44 percent, decrease gas emissions by 37 percent, cut solid waste emissions in half, decrease water used by 50 percent and practically eliminate wood use. Energy efficient vehicles and renewable energy can cut greenhouse gas emissions and harmful air pollutants while lessening our dependence on imported oil.

Procurement decisions include economic criteria, as well as a strong commitment towards environmental protection. Faculty and staff have the opportunity and are encouraged to purchase environmentally friendly products and service.

The Princeton Review Recognizes UWF as a "Green College"

In partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, The Princeton Review produced "The Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition" and recognized The University of West Florida as "one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the USA and Canada." On April 20, 2011, this second annual edition guidebook profiled 308 higher education institutions in the U.S. and three in Canada. This was UWF's first time being recognized.

Office Supply Program - State of Florida Contract

Effective Jan 2011 UWF users can order office supplies from either Office Depot (OD), Staples Business Advantage, UWF Amazon Business Prime and Strickland Companies dba Paper Place. The following data includes office supplies purchased from Office Depot (OD):


Jan/Feb/Mar $32,538 of recycled products were purchased (Total $ Spent - $80,302)
April/May/June $31,514 of recycled products were purchased (Total $ Spent - $98,171)
July/Aug/Sept $26,071 of recycled products were purchased (Total $ Spent - $84,911)
Oct/Nov/Dec $19,273 of recycled products were purchased (Total $ Spent - $77,497)

32% of all supplies ordered from Office Depot contained recycled content.


LEED Certified Buildings 

The following buildings are LEED Certified

  • Heritage Hall (Student Residence Hall) (Gold)
  • Building 70 (Gold)
  • Wellness Center (Gold)
  • Child Care Center
  • Science and Engineering, Building (Gold)

Energy Efficiency

A total of $759,889 was spent in Fiscal Year 2013/14 on Energy Star Computers.

Cleaning Products Program 

A total of $14,796 was spent in Fiscal Year 2013/14. Building Services Department implemented a green product program starting in November 2006 and completed in January 2007. Cleaning with Green Seal products offers an opportunity to maintain the level of building cleanliness with the added advantage of improving the quality of the indoor environment. Green cleaning products will result in a safer and healthier environment for students, faculty and staff by reducing exposure to toxic chemicals. These products are also environmentally friendly and will reduce the environmental impact of traditional cleaning and cleaning products with little or no added costs. All daily-use chemicals are green and dispensed through an environmentally friendly dispensing system located at each custodial station. This represents 75% or more of the chemicals used. Supreme Paper Chemical is the awarded vendor for the cleaning product contract and continues to support the University in identifying and recommending additional green products. BETCO is the green chemical manufacturer.

Hazardous Materials Recycling Program 

Recycling/disposal programs for printer toner cartridges, fluorescent light bulbs, fluorescent light fixture "ballasts" and non-working computer monitors.

UWF Office of Environmental Sustainability

Helpful Links


Tax Credits

Energy Incentives in US Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency (US Dept. of Energy)
Energy Efficiency Home and Vehicle Tax Credits
Federal Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credits

Govt and Not for Profit Sites Dedicated to Energy Conservation

Energy Conservation Action Plan by EPA
Energy Efficiency Page at
Energy Star
Alliance to Save Energy
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies
Consortium for Energy Efficiency
International Institute for Energy Conservation

Benefits of Energy Conservation

Conserve Energy and Save Money

Tips to Conserve Energy

How to Reduce Your Energy Consumption
Tips on Saving Energy and Money at Home


EPA Environmentally Preferred Purchasing 
EPEAT – Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool 
FSC – Forest Stewardship Council 
Green Building Council (LEED)