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List of Greener Products Programs

Program Program Description
Energy Star
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. ENERGY STAR identifies and promotes energy-efficient products and practices that can help us all save money and protect the environment.
EPEAT
The Green Electronics Council maintains the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) to help purchasers evaluate, compare, and select electronic products based on their environmental attributes. Registered products meet baseline criteria and are rated Gold, Silver, or Bronze based on their performance relative to 23 required and 28 optional criteria.
Design for the Environment
Design for the Environment works with manufacturers to create safer household and commercial chemical products, such as cleaners and detergents. Only products that meet our stringent criteria for human and environmental health are recognized with the DfE label. Using these products can protect your family's health and the environment. DfE has over 2,500 recognized products so far.
WaterSense
WaterSense seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for water-efficient products, programs, and practices. The WaterSense label, which is independently certified, will indicate that these products and programs meet water efficiency and performance criteria.
Smartway Green Vehicle Guide
EPA scores vehicles on fuel economy, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions and publishes its findings in the Green Vehicle Guide. SmartWay and SmartWay Elite designated vehicles exceed environmental thresholds and have a higher environmental performance than other vehicles.
Burn Wise
Burn Wise is an EPA partnership program that works with manufacturers to bring cleaner wood-burning appliances to market and provides guidance to consumers on burning the right wood, the right way, in the right wood-burning appliance to protect human health and the environment.
Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
EPA's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Program helps the federal government "buy green" and in doing so, uses the federal government's enormous buying power to stimulate market demand for green products and services. EPP's purchasing tools and guidance for selecting products and services can assist vendors and businesses large and small with the procurement process.
Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is an EPA partnership program that provides guidance to companies to help them purchase green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use.
Plug-In To eCycling
Plug-In To eCycling is a partnership program between EPA and leading consumer electronics manufacturers, retailers, and mobile service providers that fosters and promotes opportunities for individuals to donate or recycle their electronics. Go to the Plug-In Web site to learn how to donate or recycle your unwanted electronics.
Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines
Through the Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines, EPA recommends the level of recovered materials with which designated products should be manufactured. Consumer/Small Businesss and institutional buyers can purchase products made from recovered materials according to these guidelines to preserve natural resources and reduce the environmental impacts of their purchasing decisions.
Federal Electronics Challenge
The Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC) encourages federal facilities and agencies to purchase greener electronic products and operate and dispose of electronics using best practices that minimize environmental impacts. Businesses and organizations outside of the federal government will find FEC's tools and resources useful for managing the purchase, use, and disposal of their electronics as well.
Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) Program
The Responsible Appliance Disposal Program works with utilities, retailers, and other interested organizations to recover ozone-depleting chemicals from old refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers. RAD partners also use best practices to properly recover or dispose the foam, blowing agents, metals, plastics, glass, PCBs, mercury, and used oil in these products.
Mobile Air Conditioning Climate Protection Partnership
The Mobile Air Conditioning Climate Protection Partnership is a joint program of the EPA, the SAE International, the Mobile Air Conditioning Society Worldwide, and several environmental, industry, and NGO representatives from around the world to reduce the climate impacts of mobile air conditioning. Visit the Web site to learn how to become involved.
Conventional Reduced Risk Pesticide Program
The Conventional Reduced Risk Pesticide Program expedites the review and regulatory decision-making process of conventional pesticides that pose less risk to human health and the environment than existing conventional alternatives. The goal of this program is to quickly register commercially viable alternatives to riskier conventional pesticides such as neurotoxins, carcinogens, reproductive and developmental toxicants, and groundwater contaminants.
Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program
The Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) is a voluntary program that forms partnerships with pesticide users to reduce the potential health and environmental risks associated with pesticide use and implement pollution prevention strategies. By joining, organizations pledge that environmental stewardship is an integral part of pest control, and they commit to working toward pesticide practices that reduce risk to humans and the environment.
Pesticides Storage and Disposal
The EPA Pesticides Storage and Disposal Web site provides guidance and resources to consumers and farmers on proper pesticide storage and disposal.
Pesticides Product Labels
The EPA Pesticides Product Labels Web site provides information to help the pesticide registrant and the public better access, understand, and use information about pesticide labels.
GreenScapes Program
EPA's GreenScapes program provides cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions for landscape products and services to businesses, organizations, state and local governments, and homeowners. Go to the Web site to locate guidance and tips to help you turn your landscape into a GreenScape.
GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership
The GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership is an EPA cooperative alliance with the supermarket industry to promote advanced technologies, strategies, and practices that reduce refrigerant charges and emissions of ozone-depleting substances and greenhouse gases. Visit the GreenChill Web site to locate resources and learn how to join today.
Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program
EPA's Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program evaluates and regulates substitutes for the ozone-depleting chemicals that are being phased out under the stratospheric ozone protection provisions of the Clean Air Act (CAA). SNAP is facilitating a safe, smooth transition away from ozone-depleting compounds by identifying substitutes that offer lower overall risks to human health and the environment.
Voluntary Aluminum Industrial Partnership
EPA's Voluntary Aluminum Industrial Partnership works with companies in the aluminum industry to improve production efficiency while reducing perfluorocarbon (PFC) emissions, potent greenhouse gases that remain in the atmosphere for thousands of years.
Sustainable Futures Initiative
The Sustainable Futures Initiative provides chemical developers with computer-based models to to make new chemicals safer, available faster, and at lower cost. Using these models, developers can identify potentially risky chemicals early in the development process and can reduce risk by finding safer substitutes and/or processes before EPA's review process commences.
E3: Economy, Energy and the Environment
The E3: Economy, Energy and the Environment program helps small to medium sized American manufacturers reduce waste, improve the efficiency of their operations, and position their firms to be more competitive in the global marketplace through a combined technical assessment process. E3 brings together federal agencies, states and local communities for a broad discussion on how to connect respective programs to deliver responsive, coordinated solutions in a manufacturing environment. State and local communities use the E3 framework to help boost local economies to achieve their sustainability goals.
Automobile and Product Stewardship
Over 10 million vehicles are sent to salvage yards and scrap facilities each year. Greater emphasis on designing vehicles with recovery in mind is pushing vehicle manufacturers to reduce toxic and hazardous constituents in vehicles and improving the prospect for recovering more of the non-metallic material inputs. Visit this Web page to learn about EPA's resources and initiatives concerning materials management in the automotive industry.
Indoor airPlus
Poor indoor air quality can lead to eye irritation, headaches, allergies, respiratory problems such as asthma, and other serious health problems. EPA created the Indoor airPLUS label to help builders meet the growing consumer preference for homes with improved indoor air quality. To earn the Indoor airPLUS label, a builder adds up to 30 home design and construction features to an ENERGY STAR qualified home to help protect it from moisture and mold, pests, combustion gases, and other airborne pollutants. Each home is inspected by an independent third party to ensure compliance with EPA’s rigorous guidelines and specifications. Ask about the Indoor airPLUS qualification for your next new home.
Retail Industry Portal
EPA's Retail Industry Portal provides access to the many programs and resources available to help prevent and resolve environmental issues at retail establishments. Visit the Retail Industry Portal for information to help you meet your regulatory obligations and to voluntarily go beyond regulatory obligations.

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