Office Depot recognizes Marshall for green purchasing efforts


OfficeDepotGreenAward_10-29-14Officials from Office Depot Inc. visited the Huntington campus last week  to present a special recognition award to Margie Phillips, Sustainability Manager, and Stephanie Smith,  Director of Purchasing and Chief Procurement Officer, for the university’s greener purchasing efforts.

“Every year for the past seven years Office Depot has recognized a select group of customers for leadership in greener purchasing efforts,” said Yalmaz Siddiqui, Senior Director of Environmental & Supplier Diversity Strategy at Office Depot. “We are pleased to present Marshall University a Special Recognition for Community Engagement Award for their very proactive efforts to engage internal and external stakeholders in greener purchasing behavior.”

Marshall also was honored at the Office Depot Greener Purchasing Summit and Awards Ceremony Sept. 17.

Phillips said “Green Purchasing” is an important element to achieve sustainable development and to “Be Marshall Green.”

“By choosing to purchase environmentally friendly products, the university helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions, cut solid waste, preserve natural resources and conserve energy,” she said.

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Photo: From left are Jeff Frazier, Regional Sales Manager at Office Depot; Margie Phillips, Sustainability Manager;   Stephanie Smith, Director of Purchasing and Chief Procurement Officer; Bryan Heeb, District Sales Manager at Office Depot, and Penny Shrader, Territory Development Manager at Office Depot.