North Carolina State University

March 24, 2015

If you have ever thought of joining a professional organization and you work in the field of University Surplus you need to look no further than University Surplus Property Association for membership.
Walter Outlaw my Receiving Manager and I Bill Carlson the NCSU Surplus Manager have recently returned from the 2015 USPA (University Surplus Property Association) conference held this year (2015) at Temple University. This is the second USPA conference I have attended. The information that was presented to us is invaluable. I stated last year after the conference “The value ratio for what I learned and continue to learn through the USPA members is so much greater than the cost of membership, seminar, and travel expenses.” I stand by that statement. Here are a few highlights after attending the first conference. Our surplus sales have increased 27% while our customer base went down 15%. That means the average spend per customer went up. To put additional context to this we only hold two, three hours sales per month average customer spend of $100.00.
In addition the NCSU Surplus team achieved a reduction in C&D Waste by 52% fiscal year 12-13 to fiscal year 13-14. I attribute this to more re-purposing, selling, and or recycling materials.
Does your Surplus Operation need a shot in the arm, some inspiration, or do you have some great news you want to share? USPA is the place to accomplish both.
The very reason to become a member of the USPA is so important is to assist you, your team, and your University/College in becoming an ideal efficient Eco-friendly service organization. Plus the exchange of great ideas amongst your peers.
Here are just a couple of successes to stimulate your appetite:
USPA Member Jonathon Latko from Temple University. He has if not the best, one of the best Computer Recycling Centers in all of the University Surplus system. To learn more please see
Innovations like the “Leave it Behind Campaign’ at Colorado State that USPA Member Jake Drenth chaired in 2012. The overall success of this campaign can be attributed to the passion that Jake has for redirecting what would have previously gone to the landfill and turning it around for reuse. To read more see
The passion that Jake has for redirecting what would have previously gone to the landfill and turning it around for reuse. To read more see
Big or small limited or unlimited as to what, how, and where you can sell your surplus the USPA has something for everyone. With this team of friendly ready to assist members you will get years of productive experience. Willing to help when you ask for their assistance ready to listen when you have something to share.
I would encourage anyone who works in the University Surplus Field to join. It will be the best money invested for you and your organization. Bill Carlson, Surplus/Warehouse Manager NCSU

 University of Pittsburgh

April 13, 2016

The USPA membership has been a valuable resource for handling surplus property here at Pitt.

University of Utah

April 12, 2016

I have found the members and vendors of the University Surplus Property Association respond to issues quickly, indicate trends in the surplus industry and educate in matters that concern surplus operations. The issues addressed are similar in small universities to large institutions. It is easier to resolve different situations using the knowledge found in the members of the association.

Temple University

April 19, 2016

If dealing with surplus in a University environment is in your job duty, you will not find a more passionate and professional group of experts who continue to push the envelop on innovation in the industry while grounding it in the true spirit of academia by sharing their experiences and best practices for the greater good of all.

Iowa State University

April 19, 2016

ISU Surplus has been a member since 1999 the year the USPA was founded. The USPA has been very instrumental in helping us improve our operation and how we do business. The annual USPA Conferences have been a very good tool for networking with other universities members and vendors on how to deal with our surplus on daily basis. There is such a wealth of knowledge among the membership that will share their ideas and how they deal with certain situations so you don't have to reinvent the wheel. By attending the annual conferences I always come home some new ideas and it also re-energizes me to try improve our operation.