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Energy Star Program
Energy Star is a voluntary partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy, the US Environmental Protection Agency, product manufacturers, local utilities, and retailers. Partners help promote efficient products by labeling with the Energy Star logo and educating consumers about the benefits of energy efficiency. The program includes initiatives for Energy Star Small Business, Energy Star Buildings and Greenlights, Methane Outreach, and Energy Star Labeling of Buildings. Also visit:
Energy Star for Lodging
Energy Star Hospitality Resources

EPA Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
Encourages and assists executive agencies to purchase environmentally preferable products and services. This site explains EPA's proposed guiding principles for including environmental performance in purchasing decision making, and post case studies of successful pilot projects in both public and private sectors.

EPA's Indoor Air Quality Program
This program is designed to provide information to help you decide what actions can be taken that reduce the level of indoor air pollution.

General Procurement Links
Other governmental and non-governmental organizations and private companies compile recycled-content product databases and buy-recycled information. Check the following web site for more information.

Green Meetings and Conferences Policy - US EPA Region 9 (PDF) (32 pp, 691 KB, About PDF)
This policy aims to reduce the environmental footprint of EPA Region 9 meetings and conferences, and supports the Agency's and Region 9's goals of preventing pollution, minimizing use of resources, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

WasteWise is a free, voluntary, EPA program through which organizations eliminate costly municipal solid waste, benefiting their bottom line and the environment. WasteWise is a flexible program that allows partners to design their own solid waste reduction programs tailored to their needs. As a WasteWise partner, your organization can save thousands or millions of dollars by reducing, reusing, and recycling solid waste materials.

Water Sense
A partnership program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Water Sense seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services.

Other Programs

US General Services Administration Federal Travel Regulation - Guide to Sustainable Conferences (DOC) (10 pp)
GSA has published a guide to sustainable conferences to assist Federal meeting planners whose agencies are subject to the Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) to lessen the environmental impact of government-planned, contracted, or sponsored conferences and events.

EPA has compiled this list of non-EPA references and sources that relate broadly and generally to the planning and implementation of "green" -- or more sustainable -- meetings, conferences and events both in the government and private sectors. This list is for informational purposes only, and inclusion on the list does not imply any EPA endorsement of these entities, their products or services. Exit Disclaimer

To add another source or program equivalent to those on this list, please contact us.

Green Meetings Industry Council
The Green Meetings Industry Council site has an extensive list of tools, tips and resources as well as testimonials, case studies, elearning and trainings and workshops.

Green Leaf Eco-Rating Program
The program, an initiative of the Hotel Association of Canada, recognizes and rewards hotels and motels that are making environmental responsibility a part of their daily operations.

United Nations Environment Programme - Green Meeting Guide 2009
The Guide is designed to assist organizers and hosts of small-to medium-sized meetings in including green considerations as early as possible in the preparation of the event. It describes the issues to consider in the planning phase and provides a very simple and concrete check list to pick and choose concrete actions to carry out.

ASTM/APEX Green Meeting Standard
These American National Standards (ANSI) are composed of nine individual sets of sector specifications addressing the scope of the meeting and event planning process. These include standards for the evaluation and selection of Accommodations, Meeting Venues, Destinations, Food and Beverage, Exhibits, On-Site Office, Transportation, Audio Visual, and Communications.

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