Federal Government Web Sites
In addition to its own environmentally preferable purchasing, EPA is greening its fleet with alternative fuel vehicles which reduce harmful emissions and increase fuel efficiency. The Agency also is the first major federal agency to purchase green power equal to 100 percent of its estimated annual electricity use nationwide. Read more about the greening of EPA.
The federal government has a variety of Web sites focusing on different aspects of environmentally preferable purchasing, including:
- Environmentally Preferable Products and Services
- Environmentally Preferable Product Catalogs
- Federal Agency Green Purchasing Programs
- Other Federal Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Web Sites
Environmentally Preferable Products and Services
Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred
The USDA BioPreferred program designates preferred biobased products and provides guidance to vendors and federal purchasers.
Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)
FEMP designates purchasing specifications for energy-efficient products and services.
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of EPA and the Department of Energy that qualifies and promotes energy efficient products, services and practices.
EPA's Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG)
Through the CPG, EPA designates products that are or can be made with recovered materials, and recommends practices for buying these products.
EPA's Design for the Environment (DfE)
DfE labels safe and effective chemical-based products, and evaluates human health and environmental concerns associated with traditional and alternative chemicals and processes in a range of industries.
WaterSense identifies and promotes water efficient products and services.
General Services Administration (GSA) Environmental Products Overview
Information on the environmental products and services that GSA offers to its federal customers to assist them in their efforts to comply with procurement responsibilities outlined in federal environmental laws and regulations.
General Services Administration (GSA) Green Products Compilation
This downloadable workbook is presented as a tool to facilitate the procurement of green products and services.
Environmentally Preferable Product Catalogs
Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Environmental Products Catalog and Information
DLA green products catalog, online shopping, and information for vendors and purchasers.
Department of Defense (DOD) EMALL
DOD EMALL provides an internet shop to assist in buying DLA managed items. The DOD EMALL also provides quarterly reports showing all the DOD EMALL orders for products that were marked with an Environmental Attribute Code (ENAC).
General Services Administration (GSA) Advantage! Environmental Aisle
GSA Advantage! Environmental Aisle has thousands of products and services available to assist federal customers in making environmental oriented procurements. Click on the "Environmental" Special Category to view environmentally preferable products and services.
Federal Agency Green Purchasing Programs
Department of Defense (DOD) Green Procurement Strategy (PDF) (4pp, 259MB, About PDF)
Information about DoD's Green Procurement Program (GPP), including: guidance, training, roles and responsibilities, metrics, and reporting.
Information about EPA's blanket purchase agreement for green office supplies, EPA recommendations for environmentally preferable office supplies, and a tracking tool for EPA to identify environmentally preferable purchases.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
Information on HHS' Environmentally Preferable Purchasing program, including: policy, reporting, best practices and training.
Department of the Interior (DOI), Green Procurement
Information on DOI's Green Procurement program, including: policy, training, and resources for specific environmentally preferable products.
Department of Energy (DOE), Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
Information on DOE's Preferred Procurement program, including resources specific to the following products: biobased, energy and water efficient, recycled, alternative fuels and vehicles, and non-ozone depleting products.
Other Federal Web Sites
EPA's Consumer Labeling Initiative (CLI)
CLI is a program developed by EPA and other stakeholders to improve the labeling of household pesticides and cleaning products.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection - Energy and Environment
FTC resources on energy labeling for consumer products, retail sales of electricity, environmental marketing claims, insulation and home energy issues, and fuel and automotive products.
A Web site for the federal acquisition community and the government's business partners, which provides access shared systems and tools. Use the "Search" function to find federal resources related to environmentally preferable purchasing.
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
NIST works with industry to develop and apply technology, measures, and standards. Use the "search" function to find standards and other resources related to environmentally preferable products.