Best Practices

CSUEB Campus is committed to sustainability. Below are a few sustainability pointers to take into consideration when evaluating cost/benefits of your P-card purchase. 

  • Purchasing from suppliers and/or vendors who reduce waste, re-purpose recycled material, or support other environmentally friendly practices.
  • Using products that minimize the volume of trash.
  • Grouping orders whenever possible so that fewer deliveries by vendors are needed which results in fewer shipments. Ordering from vendors that are of closer proximity to the CSUEB campus.
  • Ordering energy efficient products, as applicable (e.g. Energy Star).
  • Purchasing products with recycled materials (see CalRecycle Buy-Recycled program or other recycle programs for more information).

CSU Sustainable Policies

In addition, this policy articulates CSU’s requirements related to single-use plastics to ensure procurement and contracting activities complies with CSU’s sustainability goals and applicable regulations

  • Eliminate plastic straws no later than January 1, 2019.
  • Eliminate single-use plastic carryout bags no later than January 1, 2019.
  • Replace single-use plastic items with materials that are reusable, locally compostable and/or recyclable. 
  • Eliminate single-use polystyrene (e.g. STYROFOAM™) food service items no later than January 1, 2021.
  • Eliminate single-use plastic water bottles by January 1, 2023 or upon contract renewal if existing contract terms prohibit. A 25% reduction in single-use plastic water bottles purchased and supplied will be achieved annually.

See section D of the CSU Contracts and Procurement policy here

Buy Recycled Campaign

The California State University Buy Recycled Campaign is a joint effort in support of the State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign. Campuses are encouraged, whenever feasible, to maximize the purchase of goods that contain recycled content or may be recycled or reused when discarded. 


All standard computer systems purchased by CSUEB have a Gold EPEAT rating.

Office Supplies

Starting in 2017, The California State University System and Staples Business Advantage® began the Sustainable Auto-Sub program. This program identifies items that are commonly purchased and offers a sustainable alternative as the default when purchased through the CSUBUY.


Approved by the Campus Sustainability Committee in 2016, all networked printers on the Cal State East Bay campus are supplied with 100% recycled content paper supplied by Duplicating Services.

Procurement Reports

Through a contractual agreement with the campus Stores Inventory vendor (Interline/Clean Source), the following reports will be provided quarterly and upon request from the University Procurement Office:

  • Recycled Content Report
  • Green Report (green products, energy star products, sustainability efforts)
  • Small Business Report (including small business and micro business)
  • Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) Report


Learn more  about the CSUEB Procurement Department.