Feb. 20, 2018
The EPEAT Purchaser Awards recognize excellence in sustainable procurement of IT products. EPEAT Purchasers will earn a star for each product category for which they have a written policy in place that requires the purchase of EPEAT registered electronics. Submissions are due 30 March 2018. Winners will be honored at a celebration on 14 May 2018 in Minneapolis, MN.
Feb. 13, 2018
Jennifer Hazelman, GSA's Green Product Compilation Program Manager and Michael Bloom, High-Performance Buildings Program Advisor, in GSA's Office of Federal High-Performance Buildings presented this webinar 18 January 2018 on a number of changes, additions and restructuring that have occurred in the Sustainable Facility Tool, the Green Product Compilation, their Environmental Programs pages, and areas that clarify requirements for purchasing of environmental products and services.
Jan. 31, 2018
The OGP Federal Supplier Energy and Risk Management Tool combines federal contract data with data about federal suppliers' and contractors' corporate-level sustainability practices. Contracting, procurement, and sustainable acquisition professionals can research existing practices and performance when designing contracting mechanisms to encourage additional cost-effective energy and risk management. Federal suppliers and contractors can benchmark versus peers. Other sustainability professionals and organizational leaders can benchmark existing or planned sustainability programs. Plus, the public can learn how the federal government spends money, and how federal contractors are working to reduce costs, avoid risks, and protect the environment.
Nov. 27, 2017
The overall design of both product and service pages have been improved. Photos have been added for each product improving the visual appeal of the pages. In addition, product descriptions have been provided for each GPC product giving users a better understanding of each product. In particular, for products with EPA Recommended Standards, Specifications and Ecolabels, the "Procurement Info" section has been updated with the additional tiered requirements; the schedules listed under "Where to Buy" are now hyperlinked allowing you to go directly from the GPC to GSA eLibrary where you can find additional procurement information; mobile phones have been added to the GPC under "Office Electronics" with an EPEAT requirement; and you can now find Products by Environmental Program via the Environmental Programs page
Nov. 13, 2017
This course is designed specifically for federal technical staff and federal contractors with responsibilities for construction, renovation and the interior design of buildings. This course will familiarize you with categories of biobased products relevant to construction and renovation, resources helpful in the selection of biobased products, and resources for including biobased product purchasing requirements in solicitations and contractors. It is recommended to have taken the course "Fundamentals of Biobased Products and the BioPreferred Program" prior to taking this course.
Nov. 13, 2017
Designed especially for federal technical staff and federal contractors with custodial/janitorial contracts, this course will familiarize you with categories of biobased products relevant to the cleaning function, resources helpful in the selection of biobased products, and suggestions for conducting a pilot to test biobased products prior to adoption. It is recommended to have taken the course "Fundamentals of Biobased Products and the BioPreferred Program" prior to taking this course.
Nov. 13, 2017
Designed especially for federal technical staff and federal contractors with responsibilities for facility operations and maintenance, this course will familiarize you with categories of biobased products relevant to the O&M function, resources helpful in the selection of biobased products, and ideas for overcoming obstacles to the adoption of biobased products. It is recommended to have taken the course "Fundamentals of Biobased Products and the BioPreferred Progra" prior to taking this course.
Nov. 13, 2017
The purpose of this course is to assist federal contractors in understanding and meeting the contract requirements to purchase and use biobased products in categories identified by USDA. In addition to successfully purchasing and using biobased products, the federal contractor will successfully report their product purchases on an annual basis as required by federal law.
Nov. 13, 2017
This course covers the basics of mandatory federal purchasing of biobased products including the definition of biobased products, and categories of products required for purchase; requirements sources including federal law, Federal Acquisition Regulation, and Executive Order; and Contracting Officer's and other acquisition professional's roles and responsibilities reporting the purchase of biobased products; results of purchasing biobased products including substantial benefits to the U.S. economy, U.S. jobs, and U.S. agriculture.
Aug. 29, 2017
DOE's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) has announced the winners of the 2017 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards. Winners will be invited to Washington, D.C., to receive their awards at a ceremony to be held on November 2, 2017. Click for the winners
Jul. 12, 2017
EPA recognizes the efforts of federal facilities that took steps to improve efficiency, save resources and reduce costs as part of the Federal Green Challenge (FGC). Through their involvement, FGC participants reduced the federal government's environmental impact by reducing fuel oil consumption by more than 500K gallons, sending 310 tons of end-of-life electronics to third-party recyclers, saving 9.2 million gallons of industrial water, and diverting over 336K tons of waste from landfills. FGC awards are offered in two categories – data driven and narrative. Data driven awards, given in the six target areas of Waste, Electronics, Purchasing, Energy, Water and Transportation, are based on the greatest percentage of change over the previous year. Narrative awards are self-nominating and are given in the categories of Innovation, Education and Outreach, and Leadership.
Mar. 21, 2017
Under a new government-wide Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) GSA provides seven brands of EVSE charging stations, encompassing a wide range of commercially-available options for level 1, 2 and DC fast charging stations. Additionally, networked, non-networked, gateway, non-gateway and sub-metered stations were awarded.
Feb. 13, 2017
In this report EPA identifies the chemical substances that will undergo risk evaluation during 2017, those for which risk evaluation will be initiated and those for which risk evaluation will be completed, including status and schedules.
Sep. 27, 2016
This free online course provides a concise overview for procuring energy-efficient products and services, including actionable guidance as it applies throughout the contracting process.
Sep. 12, 2016
It's now easier to buy computers and other IT hardware, save money, AND meet green purchasing requirements. The new content tags identify shared acquisition contract vehicles that meet or exceed all current sustainability requirements. For IT Hardware, these tags mean energy efficiency and environmental preferability. These tags are now visible in the Solutions Finder to help acquisition professionals identify IT Hardware contract vehicles that are consistent with Federal Sustainability requirements.
Sep. 8, 2016
The White House has announced the winners of the 2016 GreenGov Presidential Awards, honoring those who have gone above and beyond to implement innovative sustainability projects within the government. Senior Administration officials will recognize the 12 individuals and team winners September 8, 2016 in a ceremony at the White House. Winners include EPA, NASA, DHHS, VA, and USACE.
Aug. 25, 2016
Identify the purpose and benefits of federal sustainable acquisition goals and mandates. Develop a purchasing strategy as part of an Environmental Management System (EMS). Build internal agency programs, processes, and tools to support sustainable acquisition. Integrate sustainable acquisition best practices into contracts and purchase agreements. Locate and buy designated products and services to meet reporting requirements. This is a no-cost, online, open access 24/7, self-paced, 2 hour training course where you can earn continuing education credits. See attached flyer
for more info.
Aug. 19, 2016
Federal agencies are required to purchase energy-efficient products. To help buyers meet these requirements, FEMP maintains acquisition guidance product categories, covered by various efficiency programs. In August 2016 the following categories were updated: various types of boilers, various types of water heaters, and light commercial heating and cooling equipment.
Jul. 11, 2016
This courses provides staff involved in specifying and purchasing with a thorough introduction to compliance requirements, processes, and tools for procuring sustainable products and services. Learners will receive specific guidance in how to meet executive order and Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requirements and understand how sustainable acquisition benefits their agency, community, and the environment.
Jun. 3, 2016
Fundamentals: Biobased Products and the BioPreferred Program has been posted on the BioPreferred website and on USDA AgLearn. Fundamentals: Biobased Products and the BioPreferred Program is designed as an introduction to biobased products and the BioPreferred program for all audiences. It is self-paced but should take 30 minutes or less to complete. It is available on-demand and .5 CLPs are recommended. The objectives are to: distinguish biobased products from non-biobased products; describe the two primary parts of the BioPreferred program; list federal agency responsibilities for the mandatory federal purchasing of biobased products; and, explain the basics of the voluntary labeling initiative for biobased products.
Apr. 22, 2016
The Department of Defense (DoD) has announced the winners of the 2016 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards. Each year since 1962, the Secretary of Defense has recognized individuals, teams, and installations for their outstanding achievements and innovative work protecting the environment while sustaining mission readiness. Military Services and Defense Agencies may submit one nomination for each of the nine award categories. A diverse panel of judges representing federal and state agencies, academia, and the private sector select the winners.
Feb. 29, 2016
The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has issued a revised "Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings", per Executive Order 13693 "Planning for Federal Sustainability for the Next Decade." This guidance updates and replaces the "High Performance and Sustainable Buildings Guidance", issued by CEQ in December 2008 to:
- reflect the evolution of sustainable building design, construction, and operating practices since 2008,
- incorporate other building-related E.O. 13693 requirements,
- increase the economic and environmental benefits of Federal investments in facilities,
- enhance occupant health, wellness, and productivity,
- include climate resilience in building design, construction, and operations, and protect Federal facilities investments from the potential impacts of climate change, and
- provide information on tracking agency green building performance.
The revised guiding principles are located here
and its companion guidance "Determining Compliance with the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings" is located here
Feb. 16, 2016
The Green Leasing task group is part of the Green Building Advisory Committee and is tasked with providing "recommendations to improve federal government leasing language and requirements regarding . . . sustainability goals.' The Green Leasing task group will hold recurring, weekly conference calls on Tuesdays beginning 1 March 2016 through 26 April 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., (EDT).See the Federal Register Announcement for details on how to attend in person or virtually any or all of the meetings.
Dec. 31, 2015
This crosswalk compares the requirements for products covered by the following programs: EnergyStar, FEMP, EPEAT, Low Standby Power, and WaterSense.
Nov. 24, 2015
The GreenGov Presidential Awards celebrate extraordinary achievement in the pursuit of President Obama's Federal Sustainability goals. They honor Federal civilian and military personnel, agency teams, agency projects, facilities, and programs that exemplify President Obama's charge to lead by example.
On November 23, the White House announced eight awards in seven different categories to individuals and teams. These honorees exemplify our Federal workforce's commitment to meeting the President's directive to create a clean energy economy that will increase our Nation's prosperity, promote energy security, protect the interests of taxpayers, combat climate change, and safeguard the health of our environment.
Sep. 28, 2015
On Friday, September 25th, a Federal Register Notice was published announcing EPA's issuance of Recommendations for Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels For Federal Procurement. These Recommendations were issued per direction given to the EPA in the Executive Order 13693 Implementing Instructions. The Federal Register Notice explains this direction, the approach used to develop the Recommendations, the process for continually updating these Recommendations, and more.
The link to the Federal Register Notice and the Recommendations are located here.
Please note that this website will be replaced with a vastly improved version this week, so please check back later to see the new improved version. For now, to get to the FR Notice and the Recommendations, please go to the top box at http://www.epa.gov/greenerproducts, titled "EPA Recommendations of Standards and Ecolabels". The Recommendations are also being added to the GSA's Green Procurement Compilation.
Please feel free to reach out to Holly Elwood at Elwood.firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Jul. 20, 2015
As part of GSA's effort to be a leader in sustainable acquisition, GSA has integrated new and improved sustainability policies into their procurement regulations. This new guidance includes specific procedures that must be followed during the pre-award, award, and post-award stages of a procurement. In addition, the guidance incorporates best practices and tools that the acquisition workforce can utilize as needed. The new guidance can be found in the GSA Acquisition Manual (GSAM), Part 523, Subpart 523.1, Sections 523.101 - 523.106 and Part 570, Subpart 570.1, Section 570.117.
Jun. 17, 2015
The 2015 symposium was the platform for releasing the new implementing instructions for EO 13693 as well as providing updates on numerous other sustainability efforts by Federal Agencies. See the website for a full list of presentations and speakers. The symposium was held on 10 June 2015 and hosted by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and George Washington University.
Apr. 28, 2015
This April 2015 guide outlines how to ensure compliance with the sustainability requirements included in a contract. It provides best practices that can be used during both pre-award and post-award stages of a procurements to help ensure contractors deliver the sustainable products enumerated in a contract or purchasing agreement. In addition, it provides guidance and resources to check whether a contractor or lessor has provided acceptable documentation to show compliance for many of the commonly used sustainable requirements (e.g. WaterSense, EPEAT, Green Seal, SNAP).
Apr. 28, 2015
Need help understanding Executive Order (EO) 13693? Want to know more about how to take action and turn your building into a high-performance building? The Sustainable Facilities Tool can walk you through EO 13653. Click through the annotated text for definitions, strategies, and links.
Mar. 12, 2015
The Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security has announced the winners of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 GreenBuy Awards. The following sites were recognized for demonstrating leadership in sustainable acquisition:
• Gold Level Award Winners:
o Argonne National Laboratory;
o Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; and
o National Renewable Energy Laboratory (for the fourth year in a row!)
• Silver Level Award Winners:
o Ames Laboratory; and
o Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
For more information on DOE's GreenBuy Awards Program, click here
Dec. 2, 2014
FINAL REMINDER - ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT TO PARTICIPATE! The White House is launching the second GreenGov Challenge! If you're a federal employee, share your idea on how the federal government can lead by example in eight different categories -- from climate change mitigation and resilience, to water conservation, to waste reduction. Submissions are open until 5 December 2014. After the submission period closes, GreenGov will release the approved submissions and all federal employees will be able to vote for their favorite ideas.
Aug. 1, 2014
This report focuses on the major achievements under the NSES as of July 2014, as well as the impacts of improved electronics stewardship and the significance of upcoming commitments within the NSES.
Jul. 14, 2014
FedCenter is now on Facebook! Become a fan and follow us on Facebook, where you'll find valuable information that you need to help meet your environmental stewardship and compliance obligations. To follow us on Facebook, go to https://facebook.com/fedcenter
May. 22, 2014
EPA is recognizing federal facilities for their efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of facilities across the country. As part of the Federal Green Challenge (FGC), more than 400 federal facilities representing nearly 1.6 million federal employees are leading by example by taking steps to reduce the federal government's environmental impact in 2013, resulting in an estimated cost savings of more than $42 million to U.S. taxpayers. This year's Overall Achievement winner is The National Benefits Center, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Lee's Summit, Mo. Additional winners by target areas include DOE, DOD, and DOI facilities.
Apr. 18, 2014
This is an independent virtual center or focal point that integrates information on sustainable products and serves as DoD's informational repository for these products and their respective performances to include demonstrations of alternative green products and services conducted at DoD installations.
Feb. 12, 2014
SFTool serves as a one stop website to meet all sustainability planning, designing, and procurement needs. The Office of Governmentwide Policy recently redesigned SFTool.gov to include Responsive Design, a new web design approach providing an optimal viewing experience of web content from any device -- smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops. Responsive Design streamlines SFTool navigation menus and content eliminating the costs of separate mobile app development. Easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling will improve access to the cost saving strategies for green building and purchasing included in the tool.
Jan. 16, 2014
A new customization feature allows agencies to create their own customized product categories, products, and green purchasing requirements. All GPC users can view agency-specific content by selecting an agency and clicking on "Show" on the GPC home page. Another update is the new language being provided under the GPC product category descriptions suggesting applicable services. A new Transportation Services Category to encourage environmentally sustainable transportation services which consume less energy and produce fewer greenhouse gases and other pollutants. Lastly, an annotated version of EO 13514 is now available which is annotated with strategies, definitions, and links to the best resources from around the web.
Jan. 15, 2014
This FEMP training was developed for Federal energy management and contracting/acquisition personnel seeking advanced skills in executing UESC contracting, including letters of interest, justification and approval requirements, preliminary assessments, feasibility studies, performance assurance, and project execution and closeout. FEMP Core Courses are designed for Federal energy and facility managers, but are open to all individuals. Courses are hosted in partnership with the National Institute of Building Sciences Whole Building Design Guide.
Nov. 21, 2013
EPA has published these draft guidelines for public review and comment. These guidelines are intended to provide a transparent, fair, and consistent approach to using non-governmental product environmental performance standards and ecolabels in Federal procurement.
Nov. 18, 2013
Finalized in November 2013, this slide deck from EPA provides training for Federal procurement of computer desktops, notebooks, integrated systems, thin clients, workstations, displays, televisions, printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines, multifunction devices, digital duplicators and mailing machines that meet the requirements of the IEEE standards.
Aug. 12, 2013
Effective August 31, 2013 the FEC has ended. EPA will continue to provide technical assistance on federal electronics stewardship through a modified website, the listserv, and continued educational webinars. The FEC is still completing the review of the 2013 Award Applications, and we plan on making announcements on these applications in the next few weeks. FEC will not have reporting or awards for FY2013. The FEC reporting site at FedCenter.gov will be available until 31 December 2013. For copies of any of your forms or award applications from 2010, 2011 or 2012, logon to the system and download or print copies. For copies of older forms or applications, contact Tina Guthrie (202-564-8846, email@example.com). To continue participating in a partnership program, and receive recognition for your electronics stewardship efforts, consider joining the Federal Green Challenge (http://www.epa.gov/fgc/).
Jul. 15, 2013
In this continuous learning module, students examine additional options for minimizing the environmental impact of acquisitions beyond requiring the use or supply of green products. It is possible to incorporate environmental considerations into any acquisition, regardless of size, scope, type, or complexity. This is a 2-hour GSA Course designed for the Federal contracting (1102) community working in both civilian and military agencies.
Jul. 15, 2013
FedCenter has compiled a topical index of Federally-sponsored and non-profit mobile applications that may be of interest to the Federal environmental community. Mobile applications are those tools and information resources that have been specifically developed for your mobile devices, such as smartphone, tablet, or other Internet-connected hand-held device. The directory will be maintained daily to keep you abreast of any new and useful mobile applications the federal community releases.
Jul. 2, 2013
Used to simplify the green procurement process, SFTool has been further enhanced with the following changes: addition of a cafeteria space on how to not only design a more sustainable cafeteria, but also how to operate and stock it with green products; launch of a services module that provides you with information on how to include green purchasing requirements in a variety of service contracts; and a capability to create customized product lists.
Jun. 6, 2013
This 4.5 hour course from the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) provides hands-on learning and practice to teach professionals about finding, specifying, and selecting energy efficient products. The course outlines the financial and environmental benefits of buying energy-efficient products, and summarizes the legal requirements underpinning Federal Acquisition Regulations. This training covers both fundamental and intermediate topics, including how to integrate energy-efficiency into the procurement process and overcome potential barriers.
May. 21, 2013
FEMP has improved the layout and content of the Low Standby Product List, ensuring that it remains the authoritative standby power resource for Federal procurement professionals. The data center clearly labels whether a product model complies with Federal standby power levels, which describe power drawn while the product is not in use. By reducing standby power draws, Federal agencies can drastically reduce plug load demand. FEMP's Low Standby Product List allows procurement agents the ability to submit, revise and search for new and existing products to comply with the guidelines.
Feb. 7, 2013
(WASHINGTON, D.C., February 7, 2013) – Continuing the Obama Administration's commitment to lead by example and cut waste, pollution, and costs in Federal operations, Federal agencies today released their 2012 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans. President Obama signed Executive Order 13514 on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance in October 2009, setting aggressive targets for reducing waste and pollution in Federal operations by 2020. The Sustainability Plans build on three years of progress under the Executive Order and provide an overview of how agencies are saving taxpayer dollars, reducing carbon emissions, cutting waste, and saving energy.
Jul. 25, 2012
Specifically for purchase card holders, this training covers all of the Federal government-recognized green purchasing categories This course is offered by USDA.
Nov. 16, 2011
(WASHINGTON, November 16, 2011) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) are releasing the 2012 Fuel Economy Guide, providing consumers with information that can help them choose a more efficient new vehicle that saves them money and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. While fuel efficient vehicles come in a variety of fuel types, classes, and sizes, many new advanced technology vehicles debut on this year's annual list of top fuel economy performers. Fuel economy leaders within each vehicle category – from two-seaters to large SUVs – include widely available products such as conventional gasoline models and clean diesels.
Oct. 18, 2011
Developed by Practice Greenhealth, this is a tool which can be used to guide the identification, selection and procurement of environmentally preferable medical products. The tool is intended to serve as a template with a common set of standardized questions on key environmentally preferable attributes of medical products that can be used by all stakeholders, including Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) and healthcare purchasers in their supply chain procurement process and manufacturers and suppliers in their entire product life cycle process.
Sep. 9, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC (September 9, 2010) – Continuing a commitment to lead by example, the White House today announced the release of Federal Agency Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans, which work to achieve the environmental, economic and energy goals called for in the Executive Order on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance (Executive Order 13514) signed by President Obama on October 5, 2009. This announcement marks the first time agencies have developed and submitted Sustainability Plans, now available at www.whitehouse.gov/ceq
The full announcement is available here
May. 17, 2010
The Office of the Federal Environmental Executive and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010 Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC) Awards. The 2010 FEC Awards will recognize 38 Federal facilities from ten different Federal Agencies for their leadership in Federal electronics stewardship during fiscal year 2009.
Feb. 18, 2010
On October 19, 2009, the White House launched the GreenGov Challenge to ask all Federal and military personnel to share ideas about how the federal community can lead by example, green the government, and meet the goals of President Obama's Executive Order on Federal Sustainability. The GreenGov Challenge generated more than 5,000 ideas and 165,000 votes from 14,000 federal employees. The top ideas are summarized in the GreenGov Final Report.
The GreenGov Collaborative, an online discussion group hosted by FedCenter.gov, is your opportunity to work with colleagues across the government to put these ideas into action. This private community offers various discussion forums for you to share your best ideas and strategies, ask questions, and recruit allies in your efforts to create a more sustainable Federal Government.
Participation in the forums is offered to all Federal employees.
Click here to view the President's GreenGov Collaborative message.
Go to Join GreenGov to learn more and sign up!
Oct. 13, 2009
FedCenter has added a new topic to its program area lineup - Greenhouse Gases. This area includes the latest guidance and information resources to aid Federal facilities in managing greenhouse gas emissions. This encompasses current guidance, policies, and trends related to climate change/global warming, calculation of carbon footprints, GHG inventories, and the application of offsets to reduce carbon footprints.
Oct. 5, 2009
President Obama has issued the new Executive Order 13514 on "Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance", which sets sustainability goals for Federal agencies and focuses on making improvements in their environmental, energy and economic performance. The Executive Order requires Federal agencies to set a 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target within 90 days; increase energy efficiency; reduce fleet petroleum consumption; conserve water; reduce waste; support sustainable communities; and leverage Federal purchasing power to promote environmentally-responsible products and technologies.
Apr. 30, 2009
This year, 15 winners and 13 honorable mentions were selected from nearly 200 nominations in the areas of environmental management systems, pollution prevention, recycling, green product purchasing, alternative fuels, electronics stewardship and sustainable buildings. Recipients include representatives, teams, and programs from across the DoD and non-DoD agencies.
The awards ceremony will be held on June 17, 2009, in the Natcher Auditorium of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in Bethesda, MD, to formally recognize the winners and their programs.
See the attached press announcement for all the winners and honorable mentions.
Apr. 24, 2009
On April 15, 2009, the Department of Defense announced the winners of the 2009 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards.
Feb. 23, 2009
A half-day workshop where local government leaders and EPP experts will discuss the proven benefits and provide practical tips for setting up effective programs.
Apr. 19, 2007
The Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) is a member-based network of procurement stakeholders dedicated to improving human health and the environment through best practices, superior products, improved supply, purchasing tools, market education, and peer networking.