A Better Earth Through Greener Buying

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Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)

Office Depot has named Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) as one of only 20 recipients from among 1,000 for its Leadership in Greener Purchasing Award in the education sector. This award recognizes the School Division’s efforts toward environmentally conscious purchases as it considers the buying of supplies to support 100+ schools and offices, including items such as technology, paper, printing products including ink and toners, furniture, and other supplies. As demonstrated by the goals in Strategic Plan, PWCS Vision 2025, PWCS is committed to moving toward sustainable facilities and improving environmental and fiscal stewardship in facility use.

Award-winners are selected for purchases made during 2021 across multiple categories of expenditures for products with “eco-attributes” such as recyclable materials, energy-efficiency, and the reduction of harsh or harmful chemicals, and items that carry eco-labels or environmental certifications.

In the award letter, Elizabeth Malmstrom, sustainability solutions manager for Office Depot, writes, “This honor is based on your high levels of green spend with Office Depot compared to others in the industry. Even during this difficult year, you have decided to drive the market for eco-conscious products and help make a more positive impact on the planet. Thank you for your leadership!”

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