Incorporating sustainability principles, social responsibility and fair labour practices into Humber’s purchasing process is a key component of our Sustainability Plan. We encourage staff, students and faculty to make purchasing decisions that balance the values of people, profit and the planet. To formalize our commitment, sustainability standards are now factored into our purchasing RFP matrix.
Companies that do business with Humber are required to meet our sustainability guidelines and performance expectations. We review the environmental implications of the products and services that we purchase and evaluate our suppliers on their corporate commitment to sustainable practices. This rigorous approach to purchasing has allowed us to significantly reduce the environmental impact of Humber’s daily operations and to integrate sustainability into all aspects of campus life.
As an academic institution, paper use is a major concern. These sustainable approaches can reduce paper use:
Develop campus-wide guidelines to switch to digital media when possible. The introduction of digital textbooks and Blackboard can greatly reduce the amount of paper student's use. For staff, Humber significantly reduces paper use by storing invoices and records digitally.
Increase the practice of double-sided printing. A large portion of what we print simply does not need to be printed single-sided. The default on all college printers is double sided.
Increasing the recycled content of copy paper. By shifting the type of paper we purchase, and the way we purchase it, all paper used at Humber College can cause less environmental harm. Humber purchases recycled paper that contains minimum 50% post-consumer waste (PCW) and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.
Find out more about paper use and its impacts visit: World Wildlife Fund: 6 Steps to responsible paper purchasing and World Wildlife Fund: Paper Guide
HummPIRG (Humber Public Interest Research Group) is a student group working on getting Humber designated as a Fairtrade Campus. Find out more in this video! You can email them firstname.lastname@example.org, visit their website, and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.