Purchasing

For more information, contact USNH Purchasing and Contract Services.

  • Computer Purchasing: USNH has an institution-wide stated preference to purchase EPEAT Silver or higher computers and monitorsIn addition, the UNH Computer Store has contracts with Dell and Apple for resale of computers. All computers stocked by the UNH Computer Store are EPEAT silver (all Dells) or gold (all Apple) certified. In Spring 2010, the UNH Energy Task Force followed up on recommended policies set forth by WildCAP (UNH's Climate Action Plan) describing UNH's commitment to the EPEAT Purchasing Requirements in accordance with the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). This policy has been in place since 2006 as "strongly recommended" but became policy July 1, 2010.
  • Cleaning Products PurchasingUNH Facilities Housekeeping is responsible for cleaning 75 out of approximately 112 buildings on campus. The remaining 37 buildings are serviced by UNICCO. Both have made a commitment to move toward less toxic cleaning solutions to ensure a healthy learning and working environment for students, faculty, staff, and building service workers. UNH Facilities Housekeeping and UNICCO have pledged that any new products being considered must be green or have green properties. Also, green cleaning training happens at various times of the year when a new product is introduced by an outside vendor, or when new information needs to be disseminated to keep everyone updated. Training may include reminders to conserve energy and water whenever possible (e.g., use less water when mopping a small area and turn off lights whenever possible). The Facilities Housekeeping managers estimate that “through the use of greener products, more effective cleaners and precise dispenser systems UNH Housekeeping has decreased the amount of cleaning product used by approximately 50% in the past 15 years." UNH Facilities Housekeeping and UNICCO have worked very hard to promote green cleaning on the UNH campus and to remove chemical cleansers and wasteful practices that have negative impacts on human health and the environment. For a full list of products use, visit the UNH Green Cleaning web page.
  • Dining Purchasing: Approximately 22% of UNH Dining's budget is spent on items grown, processed, or manufactured locally and regionally (within a 250 mile radius of UNH), including from the UNH Student Organic Garden Club. Learn more at our Local Harvest web page.
  • Historically Underutilized Businesses: USNH Purchasing Policy dictates that "Small Business/Diversity Relations. USNH encourages and supports the use of local businesses and businesses owned by minorities, women, and veterans. It is USNH practice to provide these concerns maximum practicable opportunity to participate in purchasing opportunities." Learn more.
  • Local Businesses: USNH encourages and supports the use of local businesses and businesses owned by minorities, women, and veterans. It is USNH practice to provide these concerns maximum practicable opportunity to participate in purchasing opportunities. UNH faculty and staff are encouraged to do the same by the UNH Sustainability Academy.
  • Office Paper Purchasing: In 2001, the UNH Recyled Paper Initiative began increase the recycled content of paper used by the UNH community to a percentage higher than the old UNH standard of 30% post consumer. Members of the UNH Recycled Paper Initiative - including representatives from the UNH Student Senate, the UNH Student Environmental Action Coalition, UNH Printing Services, USNH Purchasing Office, UNH Central Receiving, and the UNH Office of Sustainability - issued a Recycled Paper Initiative Report and Recommendations. Until 2006, UNH required all offices and department to purchasing 100% post consumer paper through UNH Central Receiving, saving energy, trees and landfill space. As many more 100% post consumer paper products become more prevalent in today's market, the UNH community now purchases recycled paper through its outside office supply contracted vendors. Learn more about UNH's smart printing and office paper initiatives.
  • Transportation/Vehicle Purchasing: USNH Purchasing and Contract Services, along with UNH Campus Planning, work wtih UNH departments and offices to determine if a departmental vehicle is even needed and, if so, what alternative fueld and/or clean technology vehicle is the right size and type to meet their needs. Learn more.
  • Vendor Code of ConductUSNH, of which UNH is a part and through which UNH does large vendor contracting, has developed a Vendor Code of Conduct that describes the fundamental ethical and behavioral principles that govern all vendors who do business with any of its institutions. We expect all vendors to honor this commitment and abide by the provisions of this Vendor Code of Conduct as a condition of doing business with USNH. In doing business with USNH, our vendors and their representatives are expected to:
    • Engage in legally-compliant and ethically-sound behavior during the course of business;
    • Promote Fair and Respectful interaction with University personnel and third parties;
    • Display a commitment to the Environment and to Society;
    • Be committed to Workplace and Product Safety; 
    • Reject all forms of Discrimination & Harassment;
    • Display Professionalism, Fairness, and Reliability in all business relations.

Participation in conduct or practices that violate the terms and spirit of this Vendor Code of Conduct may result in termination of a vendor’s business relationship with USNH.