The United States, with less than 5% of the world's population, uses about 20% of the world's resources. Using four times our share is not sustainable. We can make a difference by reducing and reusing products. But when we do need to replace items, we can choose better options. Businesses respond to consumer demand and we can request and purchase products that are better for our health and the environment. We can use our hard earned money to support businesses and organizations that produce products with our health, our children's' health, and the environment in mind. These products can range from items such as paper, electronics, appliances, home goods, food, disposable items, and even power sources. Equip yourself with the knowledge to make informed and responsible purchases. Click on our [calculator (link to our Calculate giggle if possible)] to find out about your footprint. If your office or department wants to do more or check on its progress, check out Mason's Green Office certification program.
At George Mason University, we are committed to green purchasing. Mason purchases and utilizes green cleaning supplies; has a preference to procure from historically underutilized businesses and local Virginia producers; acquire copy paper with a 30% post consumer recycled content or sustainably harvested with the Forest Stewardship Council's standards; buy appliances and electronics that meet ENERGY STAR and EPEAT standards; acquire locally grown, organic, and Fair Trade foods whenever possible; and support fair labor practices as a few examples of our green purchasing.