The Sustainable Office Toolkit
 

Module 2: Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP)

Links for Green Procurement

General Resources

Tools

Other Resources

General Resources

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
Abstract: Assists counties in locating and selecting products that encourage environmental conservation.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
URL: www.epa.gov/opptintr/epp/

Green Purchasing Resources for Businesses
Abstract: This Web site offers a quick reference to Web-based information on purchasing green products and services. It is intended for businesses interested in reducing the environmental impact of their operations and for reducing the health and safety risks of their staff and clients. By using this site, businesses will be able to identify vendors that sell green products and services throughout the Northeast, steps to developing a green-purchasing program and purchasing self-assessment tools, tools for quantifying the impact of a green-purchasing program. and other related resources.
Source: Northeast Recycling Council, Inc.
URL: www.nerc.org/GreenPurchasing/greenpurchasingresources.html

Institutional Purchasing Program
Abstract: The Institutional Purchasing Program Web site is a comprehensive source of information on EPP. It provides recommendations and tools for launching or revitalizing an environmental-purchasing program. The site includes an extensive list of institutional-purchasing policies and activities organized by institution, type, product categories, and environmental attributes. It also provides commodity-specific recommendations for products and services, including cleaning products, paper, computers, renewable energy, integrated pest management, and others.
Source: Center for a New American Dream
URL: www.newdream.org/procure/

Environment Canada Green Office
Abstract: A “how-to” for building green offices.
Source: Environment Canada
URL: http://www.atl.ec.gc.ca/udo/office/chap9.html

Tools

Fact Sheet/Checklist


Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Workgroup
Abstract: An EPP workgroup within the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR), the largest membership organization dedicated to pollution prevention.
Source: National Pollution Prevention Roundtable
URL: www.p2.org/workgroup/epp/

Sorting Out ‘Green’ Advertising Claims [PDF]
Abstract: A four-page consumer-education bulletin that helps buyers find facts among the fluff.
Source: Federal Trade Commission
URL: www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/general/sortgrn.pdf

Manual/Handbook/Curriculum


Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Guide
Abstract: This guide is a reference tool for government and school purchasers who want to buy more wisely. Identifying examples in over 30 product areas, the guide will help you find ways to reduce workplace hazards, consume less energy, and protect natural resources. In each category, the guide surveys the latest field information and provides details on cost, performance, and vendors. And with extensive up-to-date lists of resources and contacts, additional help is readily available.
Source: Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board (Minnesota)
URL: http://greenguardian.com/EPPG/default.asp


EPP General Training Tool
Abstract: This tool covers basic EPP principles, along with some more in-depth applications of EPP.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/epp/tools/gentt/textver/index.html


Private Sector Pioneers: How Companies Are Incorporating Environmentally Preferable Purchasing [PDF]
Abstract: A 44-page manual of case studies from the private sector notes differences from the public sector and provides insight into incentives for participating and how to develop an EPP program.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
URL: www.epa.gov/oppt/epp/pubs/privsect.pdf

Promoting Green Purchasing: Tools and Resources to Quantify the Benefits of Enviornmentally Preferable Purchasing [PDF]
Abstract: This brief guide identifies a series of existing tools and resources that can be used to help develop quantitative estimates of the projected benefits of making new EPP choices and to document the estimated benefits of past EPP actions. The tools and other resources summarized here are the most useful ones EPA found that are currently available. They tend to focus on environmental benefits, although some address other areas such as cost savings. Some of the resources are calculators, where users can enter set inputs and obtain outputs estimating impacts in their situation. Other resources are guides, collections of policies, lists of products, data collection and tracking instruments, and others.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
URL: www.epa.gov/oppt/epp/tools/epp_metrics.pdf

Software/Electronic Tools


EPP Assistant
Abstract: A free tool organizations can use for setting priorities for environmental purchasing that uses life-cycle-assessment methodologies to identify and analyze environmental impacts of products from the cradle to the grave. The EPP Assistant provides organizations with a method to prioritize purchases by commodity type and environmental impact.
Source: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
URL: www.earthster.org/about_earthster/phases/phase_i

Fleet Processing Tool
Abstract: This tool allows fleet managers to compare and calculate the anticipated emissions and annual fuel costs for a wide variety of commercial passenger vehicles specific to driving cycles in an accurate and efficient manner. When building fleets, managers can compare and calculate potential advantages of E-85, B-20 biodiesel, and Hybrid Electric to help make more educated fleet-purchasing decisions.
Source: NextEnergy
URL: http://www.nextenergy.org/nefpt/

Green Building Professionals
Abstract: A searchable database of green-building professionals.
Source: City of Austin—Green Building Program
URL: www.greenbuilder.com/

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
Abstract: Self-assessing system designed for rating new and existing buildings.
Source: U.S. Green Building Council
URL: www.usgbc.org/LEED/LEED_main.asp

Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) Environmentally Preferable Products Procurement Listserv (EPPNET)
Abstract: An electronic listserve for procurement professionals.
Source: Northeast Recycling Council
URL: www.nerc.org/eppnet.html

Power Profiler
Abstract: After users enter a zip code, EPA’s Power Profiler determines (1) how the air emissions impacts and fuel mix of the electricity they use compare to the national average, and (2) the specific air emissions impacts associated with your home or business’s electricity use.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
URL: www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/powpro/screen1.html

Other Resources

Products

Chlorine Free Products
Abstract: Chlorine Free Products Association (CFPA) is an independent not-for-profit accreditation and standard-setting organization that certifies chlorine-free products.
Source: Chlorine Free Products Association (CFPA)
URL: http://www.chlorinefreeproducts.org/about.htm


Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Purchasing & Procurement Language
Abstract: Sample procurement language (specifications) for Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy
URL: www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=cfls.pr_proc_cfls

ConservaTree Web
Abstract: Cutting-edge information on recycled, chlorine-free, tree-free paper.
Source: The NEW ConservaTree
URL: www.conservatree.com/

EPEAT
Abstract: A procurement tool to help institutional purchasers in the public and private sectors evaluate, compare, and select desktop computers, notebooks, and monitors based on their environmental attributes. EPEAT also provides a clear and consistent set of performance criteria for the design of products, and provides an opportunity for manufacturers to secure market recognition for efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its products.
Source: Green Electronics Council
URL: www.epeat.net/

SCS Certified Products
Abstract: SCS is a neutral third-party testing and certification organization that evaluates a wide variety of food safety and environmental claims.
Source: Scientific Certification Systems (SCS)
URL: www.scscertified.com/products/

Buy Green
Abstract: Provides links to a product database and regional buying activities.
Source: GSA—Federal Supply Service
URL: www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/contentView.do?contentType=GSA_OVERVIEW&contentId=9845

Buy Recycled Business Alliance
Abstract: A group of organizations committed to increasing the procurement of recycled-content products.
Source: National Recycling Coalition
URL: www.nrc-recycle.org

Buyers Guide to Recycled Products
Abstract: Provides lists of products and where you can purchase them.
Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
URL: www.dep.state.pa.us/wm_apps/recycledproducts/

Canadian Environmental Choice Program
Abstract: Helps consumers identify products and services that are less harmful to the environment.
Source: Environment Canada
URL: www.environmentalchoice.com/

Certified Office Products Database
Abstract: The Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s Certified Office Products Database is intended for use by interested individuals, nongovernmental organizations, procurement officers, and operators of ecolabeling programs. It covers fifteen common office/home products, and includes criteria from nine certification programs. Over 100 product brands are represented, covering well over 2,000 models. In some cases, the ecolabeling programs address a single attribute, such as energy efficiency, while others include criteria relating to the full life-cycle of the product, from production to disposal.
Source: Commission for Environmental Cooperation
URL: www.cec.org/databases/certifications/Cecdata/index.cfm?websiteID=1

Eco-Office
Abstract: A site for recycled office products and services.
Source: Eco-Office
URL: www.eco-office.com/

Green Pages—Online
Abstract: A directory of environmentally responsible businesses, products, and services
Source: Co-Op America
URL: http://www.greenpages.org/

H2E Products and Services Directory
Abstract: The H2E Products and Services Directory provides a list of businesses that supply products and services consistent with H2E’s mission and the broad environmental goals of mercury elimination, waste reduction, and toxics minimization.
Source: Hospitals for a Healthy Environment
URL: www.h2e-online.org/directory/index.htm

Recycled-Content Product Database
Abstract: A database of green-product manufacturers.
Source: California Integrated Waste Management Board
URL: www.ciwmb.ca.gov/RCP/

Global Recycling Network
Abstract: Provides information related to recycling.
Source: Global Recycling Network
URL: www.grn.com/

SmartWood
Abstract: The SmartWood Program awards its seal of approval to responsible forest managers.
Source: SmartWood
URL: http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/programs/forestry/smartwood/

Purchasing

RPN New Paper Standards
Abstract: An online resource for various types of sustainable paper
Source: Responsible Purchasing Network
URL: http://www.responsiblepurchasing.org/publications/09-11-04--RPN_Paper_Standards_Comparison_Chart.pdf

Green Purchasing on the Net
Abstract: An online newsletter dealing with all aspects of green purchasing.
Source: Northeast Recycling Council
URL: www.nerc.org/gpn/gpn990604.html

Greener Procurement
Abstract: Information for purchasing green products.
Source: Environment Canada
URL: www.greeninggovernment.gc.chttp://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/ecologisation-greening/achats-procurement/index-eng.htmla/default.asp?lang=En&n=256986C5-1

Green-e—Renewable Electricity Program
Abstract: Helps you make informed choices about buying green electricity.
Source: Center for Resource Solutions
URL: green-e.org

Part 260 - Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims
Abstract: FTC regulations include general principles and FTC interpretation about how to substantiate environmental marketing claims.
Source: Federal Trade Commission
URL: www.ftc.gov/bcp/grnrule/guides980427.htm

Residential Lighting Procurement Language
Abstract: Residential lighting procurement language for contracts provided by the EPA and DOE’s Energy Star program.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy
URL: www.energystar.gov/ia/products/lighting/res_lighting_procure.doc

Action Guide to Greener Paper
Abstract: This guide includes 22 purchasing recommendations and practical options.
Source: Environmental Defense Fund
URL: www.environmentaldefense.org/alliance/greenerpaper.html

City of Santa Monica—Purchasing
Abstract: Santa Monica’s informal procurement policy.
Source: City of Santa Monica, California
URL: http://www.santa-monica.org/epd/

Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines
Abstract: Promotes the use of materials recovered from solid waste.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
URL: www.epa.gov/cpg/

Energy Ideas
Abstract: Provides access to objective information and technical assistance for energy efficiency.
Source: Energy Ideas Clearinghouse
URL: www.energyideas.org/

Guide to Green Purchasing
Abstract: A guide for establishing and implementing an EPP program.
Source: U.S. Air Force
URL: www.afcee.brooks.af.mil/eq/ap/gg/guide.doc

King County Environmental Purchasing Program
Abstract: Details about King County’s environmental-purchasing program.
Source: King County Environmental Purchasing Program
URL: www.metrokc.gov/procure/green/

Massachusetts Environmentally Preferable Products Procurement Program
Abstract: Information about a program to buy less-toxic cleaners.
Source: State of Massachusetts, Operational Services Division
URL: www.mass.gov/epp/products/cleaning.htm

National Association of Purchasing Management
Abstract: A trade-association Web site to educate purchasing professionals.
Source: National Association of Purchasing Management
URL: www.napm.org/

State Procurement
Abstract: An example of the features in a state purchasing program
Source: Washington State Department of General Administration
URL: www.ga.wa.gov/purchase/

Sustainable Development on Campus
Abstract: Tools for sustainable development at learning institutions.
Source: International Institute for Sustainable Development
URL: www.iisd.org/educate/

Article/report

Green Procurement

Abstract: A set of articles about purchasing decisions and products that prevent pollution
Source: Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center
URL: http://pprc.org/pubs/newsletter/news1199.html

Promoting Green Purchasing in North America [PDF]
Abstract:
This implementation plan aims to provide tools and information to encourage institutions—including governments at all levels, universities, hospitals, and private companies—to increase their purchases of green cleaning products, green office supplies and equipment, and green electricity.
Source: Commission for Environmental Cooperation
URL: www.cec.org/files/pdf/ECONOMY/NAGPI_plan_en.pdf

WasteWise Update: Environmentally Preferable Purchasing [PDF]
Abstract: Sixteen pages identify the benefits of EPP, describes how to establish and maintain an EPP program, and provides EPP examples.
Source: United States Environmental Protection Agency
URL: www.epa.gov/wastewise/pubs/wwupda15.pdf

Examples

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing [PDF]
Abstract: 18 slides developed to introduce EPP.
Source: National Pollution Prevention Roundtable
URL: www.p2.org/workgroup/epp/EPP2.pdf

enCompass [PDF]
Abstract: Examples of schools that have used recycled-content building materials.
Source: King County
URL: www.metrokc.gov/dnrp/swd/business/documents/RWvol26.pdf

Greening Federal Facilities
Abstract: Information to make the federal government operate more efficiently.
Source: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network
URL: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/femp/

Organizations

Green Seal
Abstract: GreenSeal promotes the manufacture and sale of environmentally responsible consumer products.
Source: Green Seal
URL: www.greenseal.org

LEED
Abstract: The United States Green Building Council developed a market transformation for higher-performance buildings, called the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. It gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.
Source: United States Green Building Council
URL: www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=222&

Building

Green Building Resource Center
Abstract: A Web site that includes more than 600 green-building resources.
Source: Green Building Resource Center
URL: www.greendesign.net

Sustainable Building Sourcebook
Abstract: Information to foster environmentally responsible practices in home-building.
Source: City of Austin, Green Building Program
URL: www.greenbuilder.com/sourcebook/contents.html

Environmental Building News
Abstract: A collection of land-use, building design, and construction strategies that reduce environmental impacts.
Source: Environmental Building News
URL: www.buildinggreen.com/