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Our Sustainability Efforts

What is Sustainability?

Sustainable practices support ecological, human, social and economic vitality for both our campus and the global community. Sustainable actions meet present needs while enhancing the environment and the ability of future generations to thrive.

Our Role in Sustainabilty ...

By improving upon our own practices, as well as providing guidance to other departments, in order to improve sustainability on our campus.

Aggie Surplus administers a recycling and disposal program to ensure that all campus electronic waste is recycled or disposed in a safe and compliant manner consistent with the California Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003 and state legislation SB20/50 and SB20.

Aggie Surplus also provides for reuse of excess property by campus departments, rather than having these items disposed of.

The Document Storage and Shred program reduces the emissions from traveling to distant storage locations for retrieval of records, because we integrate the pick-up and delivery of stored records with daily campus mail service. Onsite shredding of obsolete documents eliminates the need for large vendor trucks traveling to retrieve records for shredding, greatly reducing carbon emissions. Finally, boxes emptied through scheduled record destruction are made available to departments, thus returning them to circulation rather than the landfill.

Submitting items for recycle is easy with Mail Services. Simply place the following recycle items in your outgoing campus mail and label "RECYCLE".

  • Printer Toners
  • Batteries
  • Interoffice Envelopes
  • Plastic writing utensils (i.e. pens)
  • Cell phones
  • CD's, Floppy Disks, etc.

Central Receiving recycles pallets, cardboard and boxes on behalf of the campus. For empty boxes please call (530)752-8625.

Bulk Mail reduces the amount of paper by screening mailing lists for accuracy prior to the printing of mailpieces.

Our Sustainabilty Partnerships...

Through the campus Strategic Sourcing Program, sustainability requirements are included in each university-wide Request For Proposal (RFP).

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What You Can Do ...

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) is an important step toward making sustainability a reality on our campus. EPP is a strategy that seeks to procure products and services with a reduced or minimal environmental impact as compared to other similar products/services that serve the same purpose.

EPP considerations include:

  • reduction of energy consumption, toxicity, air and water pollution impact
  • materials efficiency (such as packaging)
  • minimizing disposal impact at the end of useful life

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