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Federal Green Challenge - Purchasing

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Federal Green Challenge Purchasing Goals

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Develop, Implement, and Maintain:
  • A green purchasing policy that covers applicable product types under the Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines
  • A green cleaning policy that addresses sustainable cleaning systems and products, chemical concentrate and dilution systems, proper training, minimized use of antimicrobial hand soaps, and reduced impacts on indoor air quality;
  • An integrated pest management policy that addresses pest control through integrated methods, inspections, populations monitoring, and a pest control need evaluation
Relative to your baseline, achieve a 5% increase or reduction in the following activities:
  • Increase the recycled content of purchased office paper products;
  • Increase the percentage of green cleaning products purchased;
  • Decrease the pounds of pesticides purchased; and
  • Increase the number of hosted meetings and events delivered under a Green Meeting Policy

Reducing Your Purchasing Footprint

Office Products

Fact: Purchasing 1 ton of 30% post-consumer recycled office paper compared to 1 ton of virgin office paper saves approximately 8 trees, 216 pounds of solid waste, 3,554 gallons of water, 738 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, and 3 million BTUs of energy (enough to power an average home for 12 days).

Bottled Water

  • Implement a Policy to Not Purchase Bottled Water for employees (i.e. water cooler groups or individuals), meetings (at your facility’s meeting rooms or conference center), and/or events (meetings or conferences at hotels in commercial spaces)
  • Eliminate your purchase of bottled water for employees (i.e. water cooler groups or individuals), meetings (at your facility’s meeting rooms or conference center), and/or events (meetings or conferences at hotels in commercial spaces)

Fleet

Pest Management/Landscaping

Cleaning

Meetings/Events

  • Environmentally Preferable Purchasing - Meetings and Conferences
  • Establish and implement a green meeting policy (Example: EPA Region 9 Policy (PDF) (27 pp, 3.3MB)
  • Establish a policy not to purchase bottled water at meetings and events
  • Eliminate the use of bottled water for meetings and events
  • Use new media and electronic technology to cut down paper usage
  • Ask your hotel and meeting venue to provide services for recycling and composting
  • Choose a location that decreases need for travel and is easily accessible by public transportation

Building & Construction

Renewable Energy

  • Purchase renewable electricity or renewable energy certificates (RECs). Learn more in the Guide to Purchasing Green Power (PDF) (60 pp, 2.9MB)
  • Design and install on-site renewable technologies

Measurement

Recognition

Case Studies

Two separate departments within the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Chicago office reduced the amount of paper purchased by 28 percent through an education and outreach campaign. This exceeded their original goal of a 5 percent reduction and showed that with good education and outreach, office paper usage can be decreased. Read more about Education and Outreach Campaign Reduces Paper Use (PDF) (2 pp, 500K).

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Executive Order 13514

  • Pursue opportunities with vendors and contractors to address and incorporate incentives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Ensure 95% of new contract actions, task orders, and delivery orders for products and services are energy efficient, water efficient, bio-based, environmentally preferable, non-ozone depleting, contain recycled content, or are non-toxic or less-toxic alternatives where such products and services meet agency performance requirements;
  • Acquire uncoated printing and writing paper containing at least 30% post-consumer fiber;
  • Reduce and minimize the quantity of toxic and hazardous chemicals and materials acquired, used, or disposed of;
  • Implement integrated pest management and other appropriate landscape management practices;
  • Increase agency use of acceptable alternative chemicals and processes in keeping with the agency's procurement policies; and
  • Decrease agency use of chemicals where such decrease will assist the agency in achieving greenhouse gas emission reduction targets
  • Learn more about Executive Order 13514 Exiting EPA (disclaimer)

Executive Order 13423

  • Use sustainable environmental practices, including acquisition of biobased, environmentally preferable, energy-efficient, water-efficient, and recycled-content products;
  • Use paper of at least 30% post-consumer fiber content; and
  • Reduce the quantity of toxic and hazardous chemicals and materials acquired, used, and disposed of by the agency.
  • Learn more about Executive Order 13423 (PDF) (5 pp, 139K) Exiting EPA (disclaimer)

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