The higher education industry has evolved in many ways, but to us one of the most important is its embrace of sustainability. Lyn Meany of GreenBiz.com recently took a deep dive into all of the ways campuses across the United States are getting greener – and the numbers are impressive.
There are many reasons for the change, but perhaps not surprisingly, one of the most prominent is competition. As today’s youth becomes more informed on environmental issues, it becomes a larger factor in their decision making – and universities are competing for a smaller student pool than ever.
As providers of sustainable renovation options to colleges and universities, we’re particularly pleased to see the change in procurement policies. The National Association of Educational Procurement and SciQuest found that 65 percent of procurement officials are now required to explore green options before making a purchasing decision.
The Refinishing Touch team provides on-site, eco-friendly refinishing, reupholstery and remanufacturing services to eliminate harmful carbon emissions and unnecessary landfill waste – but it also cuts costs. This is the factor that turns many establishments away from sustainable objects – the misconception that it will raise costs. Through improved procurement policies, colleges and universities are discovering how untrue this is, and are finally making the right, environmentally responsible decisions.