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Chemical Substitution

Involves the use of less toxic chemicals whenever possible. University labs used to generate over 7,000 lbs. per year of chromate-based labware cleaner. Now chromate-free cleaners and xylene substitutes such as Propar are used. Also water-based paints (rather than solvent-based) are used when possible.




Green Cleaning Supplies

A green housekeeping policy specifies the use of non-toxic, environmentally responsible cleaning reagents.




Integrated Material Supplier

Provides improved pricing and services for various goods, and has streamlined procedures to produce less paper.

Interdepartment
Envelope Storage

Departments can call mail services for used but serviceable envelopes instead of ordering new.




Lighting Bulbs

Low mercury fluorescent bulbs are generally used. All fluorescent lamps are collected for recycling of mercury, glass, phosphor, and aluminum ends. Over 5 tons were recycled in 2005.




Mercury-Free Hospital

An award-winning program at Strong Memorial Hospital where all unessential mercury use was discontinued. This included mercury blood pressure cuffs, thermometers, feeding tubes, and histopatholgy stains containing mercury.

Microfiber Mops

Mops that use 35 gallons of water less per day when compared to their conventional counterpart.




Purchasing Strategy

A part of source reduction which includes buying items that do not generate waste in the first place, buying less to prevent waste, and buying from recycled sources to promote recycling.