There is an urgent need to move away from the current unsustainable linear economy toward a sustainable circular economy. The circular economy model is designed to save resources and money, maximize the lifespan of resources and products, reduce pollution and climate change, and decrease or eliminate waste. If U.S. higher education were its own country, it would rank as the 22nd largest economy in the world. In the short term, with campus shutdowns, we can reduce utility bills while safely securing our facilities and specialty labs. With the reality of finite resources, it is imperative to prioritize and incorporate sustainability into procurement processes and policies in all departments. Target audiences include staff from the following areas: planning; facilities; business and finance; procurement; housing; auxiliary services; food and catering; waste management; building construction and renovation; recreation; student life; sustainability offices; and IT. Receive useful resources you can use now.
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