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US group ‘clubs together for green office supplies’

By on February 12, 2008 in Office Supplies

Six institutions in a US state have joined forces to create a green consortium, which will jointly purchase environmentally-friendly office supplies and office equipment.

According to reports by the Ithaca Journal, the groups in Ithaca, New York, will pool resources in a bid to cut costs when purchasing office supplies, as well as reduce their impact on the environment.

The Finger Lakes Environmentally Preferred Procurement Consortium contains a number of influential bodies from the region, including Ithaca College and the City of Ithaca council.

Edmund Wilson, manager of consortium member Cornell, said "The consortium will buy environmentally friendly cleaning products, Paper and office supplies.

"When you’re talking about environmental sustainability, it’s not about one organisation, it’s about this community."

Earlier this month, a number of towns along the east coast of the US joined forces to clubbing together to jointly purchase office supplies in a bid to cut costs.

Council officials in Wells, Kennebunk, and Arundel – in the state of Maine – annually spend around $95,000 (£47,500) on office supplies, however this is likely to shrink with the new scheme.

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