Procurement Partner Supplier Award
The University of Notre Dame recognized two vendors with Procurement Partner Sustainability Awards. The University recognized Office Depot for its Green Book Digital Catalog and Green Select Cart, which were added to BuyND. Office Depot also introduced the University to Keurig’s K-Cup recycling program, K-Cycle, which launched campuswide at Notre Dame this year. The K-Cycle program will help Notre Dame achieve its goal to decrease landfill use by 67 percent or more by 2030.
Notre Dame identified Root Candles as a small sustainable business. With the University's help, the company developed a recycling solution for spent Grotto Candles. Each year, more than 250,000 used candles generated more than 90 tons of solid waste headed to landfills. Now, 100 percent of the Grotto candles are recycled after use.
The recipient of the 2019 Procurement Partner Supplier Award was presented to Kimberly-Clark.
The Office of Sustainability and the Office of Procurement Services encourages employees to continue working with suppliers on sustainability initiatives.
To fulfill our commitment to fostering a culture of environmental responsibility, it is important that our faculty and staff communicate and are open to suppliers' ideas to help drive innovation and identify new and sustainable offerings.
We are currently accepting nominations for the 2021 Sustainability Procurement Award, which will be presented in the fall.