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Green Initiatives

Paper Purchasing Policy

Effective on July 1, 2003, Hampshire College began purchasing 100% post-consumer content, 100% processed chlorine-free recycled paper. This paper is used campus-wide on all convenience copiers and office printers whenever possible. Colored paper and paper of other sizes will be purchased as a 30% or higher post-consumer waste, 100% processed chlorine-free paper.

Certain "formal" items, such as college stationery and documents of the board of trustees, will continue to be printed on the paper we currently use for those, in order to preserve consistency in the college's external identity.

Energy Efficient Washers and Dryers

In June of 2003, front-load washing machines were installed, which reduced water consumption from 14 gallons per load to 7 gallons. Cycle times were shortened and spin cycle enhanced so clothes were much dryer. All dryers were converted to gas.

Copiers/Printers/Fax Machines

Throughout the current contract term, copiers were configured with printing and faxing capabilities, eliminating the need for stand-alone faxes and printers in most locations. Machines are set for double-sided copying, and if color is an option, settings are defaulted to black and white. Future machines must be Energy Star compliant.


Whenever feasible, Hampshire will purchase, beyond code requirements, furniture manufactured with sustainable wood, from local manufacturers, or with recycled content, and treated with water-based lacquers.

Office Supplies

Hampshire is currently partnered with Staples and purchasing primarily from Stapleslink; the Staples main page has a quick link to eco-friendly products.  

Purchasing and Purchase Orders

A purchase card was introduced to staff to simplify the purchasing process. Most functions of the card are handled electronically. Fewer purchase orders are printed. No purchase orders are mailed unless this is requested by the vendor. Fewer invoices are received by the college, resulting in fewer checks being printed and mailed.

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