The state of North Carolina has several laws guiding us to purchase environmentally-friendly products as well as a Sustainability Policy promoting the practice. Notably, in 1999, former governer Jim Hunt sign Executive Order No.156 into law. Included in this Executive Order is the call to, "... aggressively explore opportunities for procuring goods and services that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment and shall actively promote the purchase of environmentally preferable products by state agencies and others eligible to purchase items from state contracts."
UNC Charlotte is committed to buying products that consume less energy and are able to be more easily recycled once they have become obsolete. Examples of this would include the purchasing of Energy Star appliances, EPEAT electronics, and construction materials that are composed of recycled materials and promote energy-efficient buildings on campus that can be certified through a LEED or similar accreditation.
The Sustainability Office will work with purchasing agents and vendors to spell out sustainability issues in contracts, solve the problem of how to assess, and count and report our sustainable product purchasing.