Haverford College First U.S. College or University to Change the Pallet

Change the Pallet

There is simply no reason for deliveries to campuses, hospitals and government facilities to be on 50-pound wood pallets when lightweight, sturdy, sterile, and fully-recyclable options are available.

Haverford College has sent a letter asking its suppliers to deliver to its campus on lightweight, recyclable corrugated shipping pallets. Their decision comes as many cities, states, and public institutions seek innovative ways to reduce their carbon footprint in the wake of President Trump’s decision to remove the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. Haverford’s initiative is expected to save money and reduce carbon emissions associated with the delivery of products ranging from office supplies to food and beverage. It is the first U.S. university or college to Change the Pallet.

Haverford’s decision comes after a two-year evaluation and open stakeholder dialogue. As noted by Haverford’s Vice President & Chief of Staff, Jesse Lytle: “The Haverford community holds deep commitments to environmental responsibility that drive not just our educational model but also our business practices. By including our student sustainability leaders, faculty, and staff in the deliberation process, we attained broad support to act first in a national effort to reduce CO2e via the modernization of product transport. We hope our decision here in Pennsylvania will inspire others around the country or the world to take similar action.”

Haverford’s initiative comes one year after Change the Pallet wrote to the Presidents of more than 300 leading U.S. colleges and universities. The letter, which has created dialogues on campuses as diverse as the Universities of Oregon and Alabama, calls on colleges to use their buying power to…

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