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Included in this program area are links to, and highlights from programs which enable agencies to meet these goals include: Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP), Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG), ENERGY STAR®, the Green Procurement Program (GPP), and the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP).

Executive Order (EO) 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, was signed by President Obama on 19 March 2015. Section 16 of this EO revokes the following:

  • Executive Order 13423 of January 24, 2007;
  • Executive Order 13514 of October 5, 2009;
  • Presidential Memorandum of December 2, 2011 (Implementation of Energy Savings Projects and Performance-Based Contracting for Energy Savings);
  • Section 1 of Presidential Memorandum of February 21, 2012 (Driving Innovation and Creating Jobs in Rural America through Biobased and Sustainable Product Procurement); and
  • Presidential Memorandum of December 5, 2013 (Federal Leadership on Energy Management); and
  • Presidential Memorandum of May 24, 2011 (Federal Fleet Performance).

The goal of EO 13693 is to maintain Federal leadership in sustainability and greenhouse gas emission reductions. Section 3, paragraph (i) of EO 13693 reiterates the need for agencies to promote sustainable acquisition and procurement by ensuring that each of the following environmental performance and sustainability factors are included to the maximum extent practicable for all applicable procurements in the planning, award, and execution phases of the acquisition:

  • Purchasing preference for recycle content products designated by EPA;.
  • Purchasing preference for energy and water efficient products and services, such as ENERGY STAR qualified and Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)-designatedproducts, identified by EPA and the Department of Energy (DOE);
  • Purchasing preference for BioPreferred and biobased designated products designated by the United States Department of Agriculture; requirements of present and future generations of Americans (EO 13423, Section 9 and EO 13514, Section 19(l)).
  • Purchasing sustainable products and services identified by EPA programs including:
    • Significant New Alternative Policy (SNAP) chemicals or other alternatives to ozone-depleting substances and high global warming potential hydrofluorocarbons, where feasible, as identified by SNAP;
    • WaterSense certified products and services (water efficient products);
    • Safer Choice labeled products (chemically intensive products that containsafer ingredients); and
    • SmartWay Transport partners and SmartWay products (fuel efficient products and services);
  • Purchasing environmentally preferable products or services that:
    • Meet or exceed specifications, standards, or labels recommended by EPA that have been determined to assist agencies in meeting their needs and further advance sustainable procurement goals of EO 13693; or
    • Meet environmental performance criteria developed or adopted by voluntary consensus standards bodies consistent with section 12(d) of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (Public Law 104–113) and OMB Circular A–119;

  • Reducing copier and printing paper use and acquiring uncoated printing and writing paper containing at least 30 percent postconsumer recycled content or higher.

NOTE: This is not a comprehensive representation of all of the requirements detailed in EO 13693.

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Regulations, Guidance, and Policy
Executive Orders
Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade
19 March 2015
The goal of EO 13693 is to maintain Federal leadership in sustainability and greenhouse gas emission reductions. Signed by President Obama on 19 March 2015. Section 16 of this EO revokes the following:
  • Executive Order 13423 of January 24, 2007;
  • Executive Order 13514 of October 5, 2009;
  • Presidential Memorandum of December 2, 2011 (Implementation of Energy Savings Projects and Performance-Based Contracting for Energy Savings);
  • Section 1 of Presidential Memorandum of February 21, 2012 (Driving Innovation and Creating Jobs in Rural America through Biobased and Sustainable Product Procurement); and
  • Presidential Memorandum of December 5, 2013 (Federal Leadership on Energy Management); and
  • Presidential Memorandum of May 24, 2011 (Federal Fleet Performance).
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 13693. Click through the annotated text for definitions, strategies, and links.
This GSA-developed chart summarizes the major provisions of Executive Order (EO) 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability for the Next Decade, and how they differ from prior authorities.
These instructions, dated 10 June 2015, provide Federal Executive departments and agencies with clarifying instructions for implementing EO 13693.
Laws, Regulations, and Agreements
EPA's Web site for the Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG)-- a key component of the government's "buy-recycled" program.
Subchapter D, Part 23 details the affirmative procurement program requirements and Part 52 addresses the required affirmative procurement contract clauses.
This bulletin provides guidance for agencies to implement policies and procedures on printers and print management practices.
This memorandum, jointly issued by OMB and CEQ, encourages all agencies to promote the use of Energy Savings and Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Utility Energy Services Contracts (UESCs).
This memorandum, dated 4 August 2016, has the goal of improving Federal agencies' mobile service inventories and moving to a Government-wide strategy for common mobile service needs. One aspect of the memorandum is the requirement for covered agencies to develop a strategic plan no later than 31 October 2016, to be evaluated annually, for at least one next generation Government-wide acquisition solution, to be awarded prior to 31 May 2018.
This memorandum, dated 16 October 2015, restricts new solicitations for IT hardware, and requiring the use of the following procurement vehicles that are implementing the new standard configurations for laptops and desktops: GSA's Schedule 70, NASA SEWP V IT GWAC, and NIH's CIO CS IT GWAC. The memo calls for revisiting the standard configurations every 6 months and developing additional standard configurations. Note that the standard configuration includes a requirement for laptops and desktops to be Energy Star certified and EPEAT registered.
RCRA Section 6002 requires each procuring agency to establish an affirmative procurement program for maximizing its purchases of EPA-designated items.
NSF 140 was designed to establish a system with varying levels of certification to define sustainable carpet. This establishes performance requirements for public health and environment, and addresses the triple bottom line - economic-environmental-social, throughout the supply chain.
This document, dated 20 December 2011, details best practices for meeting the OMB scorecard action item to review at least five percent of applicable contract actions for compliance with the statutory and executive order green purchasing requirements. It was developed in consultation with and as recommended by the interagency Sustainable Acquisition and Materials Management Practices Workgroup (SAMM) to assist agencies with meeting the OMB scorecard action item.
Provides a quick check off list for including biobased purchasing requirements in solicitations and contracts, including contractor reporting requirements.
When using the government credit card focus on buying products with recycled content, buying products with reduced packaging; looking for the Energy Star label; asking if the product contains hazardous materials or toxic chemicals; and looking for other information on the environmental features of products
These are EPA's recommendations for the purchasing categories of: cafeteria, construction, custodial, electronics, grounds/landscaping, office, operations/fleet/shipping/shop. EPA's interim recommendations do not cover all product and service categories with federal environmentally sustainable procurement requirements stated in Section 3(i) (i) and 3(i) (ii) of EO13693. Information on how to obtain free copies of the standards referenced in the environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) Guidelines was added to the site June 2016.To see the full list of products and services with other federal environmentally sustainable procurement requirements, please go to GSA's Green Procurement Compilation.
This document describes EPA's approach for providing recommendations to federal agencies on specifications, environmental performance standards, and ecolabels for purchasing environmentally preferable products and services. The federal government is one of the world's largest purchasers. This action will help federal agencies purchase environmentally preferable products and services in accordance with Executive Order 13693 and reduce public health and environmental impacts associated with the federal government's extensive supply chain. POC is Holly Elwood, Chemistry, Economics, and Sustainable Strategies Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, MC 7406M, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: 202-564-8854; email: elwood.holly@epa.gov (Federal Register; 25 September 2015 [Notices], pages 57809-57811).
Issued by Jonathan Powers, the Federal Environmental Executive, this Memorandum for Senior Sustainability Officers provides answers to frequently asked questions concerning the types of electronic devices covered by EPEAT. The Memorandum is dated 19 February 2014.
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 and the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 require Federal agencies to establish affirmative procurement programs for purchasing EPA- and USDA-designated recycled content and biobased products, respectively. One required element of these programs is annual review and monitoring of the program (i.e., compliance monitoring) This document identifies compliance monitoring options already in use within the Federal government. These options are provided solely as examples.
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).
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and GSA have worked collaboratively to create this document, which proposes specific food, nutrition, and sustainability guidelines to complement the GSA procurement guidelines. The goal of these guidelines is to assist contractors in maximizing a healthier and more sustainable food service by increasing the offering of healthier and sustainable food and beverage choices, while eliminating industrially produced trans fats, decreasing the sodium content in available foods, and allowing people to make informed choices about what they are purchasing and eating through the labeling of menu items.
The purpose of this Procurement Advisory is communicate the processes to comply with and support the federal BioPreferred program requirements, including specific roles and responsibilities.
Guidance provided by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on labeling and advertising claims for "greenness."
Supporting Information and Tools
Databases/Software Tools
This database will help you buy greener products and services by linking you to: contract language, specifications, and policies created and used by federal and state governments and others to buy environmentally preferable products and services; environmental standards and guidelines for over 600 products and services; and other useful sources of information on the environmental preferability of products and services (e.g., EPP Updates, guidance documents, fact sheets, EPP case studies, and miscellaneous information useful to government purchasers).
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.
A one-stop shop for finding energy- and water-efficient technologies and products that can help agencies meet federal facility goals and requirements. Find technologies and products by category or efficiency program, or use the Advanced Search to sort by program, topic, or campaigns and resources.
The Paper Calculator shows the environmental impacts of different papers across their full lifecycle.
These calculators allow users to enter their own input values (e.g., utility rates, hours of use, etc.) to estimate the energy cost savings from buying a more efficient product. Calculators are available for, but not limited to: compact fluorescent lamps, commercial unitary air conditioners, air cooled chillers, water-cooled chillers, commercial heat pumps, boilers, refrigerators, freezers, beverage vending machines, computers, monitors, faxes, printers, copiers, faucet/showerheads, toilet/urinals, central air conditioners, gas furnaces, electric/gas water heaters, clothes washers, and dish washers.
This is a publicly available web site that helps users identify applicable federal green purchasing requirements for products and services. The GPC consolidates information from a variety of sources, making it a comprehensive green purchasing resource for the federal acquisition workforce. The green services guidance addresses product requirements and optional practices that federal buyers may incorporate into service contracts. The green products section identifies all product types covered by mandatory and non-mandatory federal environmental programs, including BioPreferred, Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines, Design for the Environment, Energy Star, EPEAT, Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP), and WaterSense. The GPC also identifies applicable FAR requirements, lists potential purchasing options, and offers links to federal environmental program web sites.
The EPA Greener Products portal is designed to help the user navigate the increasingly important and complex world of greener products. It allows users to search for EPA programs related to greener products based on the type of user and their specific product interests. It also links to additional greener products information from EPA and other sources.
This is the customer interface to the Federal Disposal System (FEDS). GSAXcess® provides agencies a means of electronically reporting excess personal property to GSA. By using GSAXcess®, customers seeking property can avoid the cost of new procurements by acquiring the same or like items that have been reported as excess by another federal activity. Agencies may search GSA's worldwide inventory through a process known as screening and may request property for transfer by selecting specific items. The property system is available to three groups of users: Federal agencies; Authorized nonfederal recipients; and Surplus customers.
EPA created this tool to help companies and individuals estimate life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy impacts from purchasing and/or manufacturing materials with varying degrees of post-consumer recycled content. Emission estimates provided by the ReCon Tool are intended to support voluntary GHG measurement and reporting initiatives, as well as such initiatives as EPA's Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG) Program. ReCon is available both as a web-based calculator and as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet (82 kb WinZip archive).
An online directory for green building products. SCS is a third-party provider of certification, auditing and testing services, and standards. Currently certified products include office furniture systems, components, and seating, building materials, carpet and rug, hard surface flooring, paints, finishes, wood products, and cleaning products, among others.
This directory provides links to non-EPA Web sites run by the CPG product suppliers outside the EPA.gov domain. EPA cannot attest to the accuracy of information on non-EPA pages.
Offers a wealth of technical assistance information for organizations interested in learning about EPP. Available to download in PDF format, each Update focuses on a specific purchasing issue, highlights an EPP Pioneer, provides brief case studies, and other useful resources.
GSA Advantage Green Aisle offers thousands of products and services to meet your environmental purchasing goals. This Environmental page is designed to give you easy access to the wide variety of environmental products and services offered by GSA.
USDA's BioPreferred® Program Catalog is designed to assist users in identifying products that qualify for mandatory federal purchasing, are certified through the voluntary labeling initiative, or both. If a product meets or exceeds the minimum biobased content requirements for one or more product categories that have been identified by USDA for mandatory federal purchasing, USDA considers the product to be "qualified." If a product achieves third-party verification of its biobased content for one or more product categories, USDA considers this product to be "certified." Companies with biobased products voluntarily submit their product information for inclusion in this Catalog, so not all biobased products available in the marketplace are represented. Although you cannot purchase a product directly from this Catalog, sourcing information, such as product details and company websites, is provided.
Use this toolkit to lower the greenhouse gas emissions from the purchases of your public institution. The toolkit was developed to help government target their efforts on the most significant GHG emissions in their institution's supply chain, or the production of goods and services. You can learn from the efforts of other organizations to help identify high-leverage categories, or you can conduct your own survey. This toolkit also provides guidance on specific purchasing strategies on how to reduce an organization's carbon footprint.
This page is designed to give you easy access to the wide variety of environmental products and services offered by GSA.
The American Coatings Association offers information on how paints and coatings can help preserve infrastructure and products, thereby extending their lifecycle.
This Federal program aims to increase the purchase and use of renewable, environmentally friendly biobased products while providing "green" jobs and new markets for farmers, manufacturers, and vendors. The BioPreferred program offers three major benefits: Climate Change Impact Reduction, Energy/Environmental Security, and Economic Development. There is easy access to a current list of biopreferred items designations.
BIFMA is a non-profit organization that develops voluntary product and industry standards to support safe, healthy, and sustainable environments. The association publishes key industry statistics and collaborates with legislative or regulatory bodies on issues that have a direct impact on the industry. Specifically, this organization has developed a Furniture Sustainability Standard and third party certification program known as "level" (http://levelcertified.org). The organization has also issued standards for measuring VOC emissions, with requirements for Formaldehyde, TVOC and other VOC emissions of Low-emitting Office Furniture Systems and Seating.
The Carpet and Rug Institute provides information and resources related to "greening" all aspects of carpet manufacture, procurement, installation, and maintenance.
The Center helps Americans consume responsibly to protect the environment, enhance quality of life, and promote social justice. It is a coalition of educational organizations, environmental organizations, citizen groups, the National Resources Defense Council, Consumer Federation of America, the Public Utility Law Project, and the Environmental Protection Agency. It addresses issues such as institutional purchasing, development of more sustainable products, living sustainably, and buying wisely.
DoD's SPP strives to enhance and sustain mission readiness through cost-effective acquisition that achieves compliance and reduces resource consumption of solid and hazardous waste generation. As the single largest buyer of supplies and services throughout the government, DoD strives to ensure that every procurement meets the requirements of applicable Federal green procurement preference programs. DoD's SPP is focused not only on the procurement function but also on the roles and responsibilities of each member of the Department and recognizes that every person has a role to play.
This FEMP Program is designed to permit a standardized and streamlined procurement process for small federal projects (ranging from around $500,000 or less to $5 million) to install targeted energy conservation measures (ECMs) in six months or less. FEMP uses a set of pre-established procurement and technical tools to administer projects through the GSA Federal Supply Schedule 84, SIN 246-53. The program provides facilities an opportunity to implement specific ECMs, including lighting; water; simple heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) controls; HVAC system replacement; and solar photovoltaics.
This website provides information and guidance for green vendors seeking to sell their products to the Federal government.
This document consolidates responses to a request for information from Federal agencies about how they monitored their green purchasing programs. This guidance reflects the best practices of multiple agencies engaged in monitoring their green purchasing programs. The monitoring approaches detailed in this document are based on compliance monitoring programs in use by Federal agencies. These options are provided as guidance only and should not be construed as a directive from OFEE or the Office of Federal Procurement Policy that these are the only alternatives for monitoring compliance with the statutory and Executive Order 13423 green purchasing requirements.
Provides links to the Green Purchasing programs and policies for individual Federal agencies.
This brief guide for vendors will: facilitate their access to increased federal government procurement opportunities; enhance their ability to compete at the prime and subcontract levels; promote their knowledge of new government contracting initiatives (e-Buy and Sub-Net); and make it easier for them to conduct business with the federal government.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) supports Federal agencies in identifying energy- and water-efficient products that meet Federal acquisition requirements, conserve energy, save taxpayer dollars, and reduce environmental impacts. This is achieved through technical assistance, guidance, and efficiency requirements for energy-efficient, water-efficient, and low standby power products.
This is a voluntary EPA program that supports the organizational procurement of green power by offering expert advice, technical support, tools and resources.
The mission of the Green Press Initiative is to work with book and newspaper industry stakeholders to conserve natural resources, preserve endangered forests, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and minimize impacts on indigenous communities. GPI is funded primarily through grant foundations.
The mission of this organization is to improve public health and quality of life through programs that improve indoor air. As part of that, they operate a product certification program for low emitting interior building materials, furnishings, and finish systems. All GREENGUARD Certified Products have been tested for their chemical emissions performance and can be found in the GREENGUARD Online Product Guide.
This site helps government customers meet buying green requirements when procuring products, services, and vehicles.
GSA's CPES BPA helps agencies achieve their energy, greenhouse gas, and water conservation goals using a streamlined acquisition process.
The mission of the IGPN is to: globally promote the spread of environmentally friendly product and service development and Green Purchasing activities; share information and know-how internationally on Green Purchasing and environmentally friendly products and services; and harmonize the efforts of Green Purchasing and the development of environmentally friendly products and services from a global viewpoint
A nonprofit organization committed to promoting and communicating the benefits and advantages of waterless printing to printers and their suppliers, but most importantly to the print-buying community at large.
This organization works to develop and promote legislation and voluntary initiatives so that manufacturers are responsible for recycling or safely disposing of their products once consumers are done with the product. Their website includes a list of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) laws for electronics and other products in the U.S.
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.
Founded in 1984, SCS is a third-party provider of certification, auditing and testing services, and standards. Their goal is to recognize the highest levels of performance in food safety and quality, environmental protection and social responsibility in the private and public sectors, and to stimulate continuous improvement in sustainable development. Currently certified products include office furniture systems, components, and seating, building materials, carpet and rug, hard surface flooring, paints, finishes, wood products, and cleaning products, among others.
The mission of the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership is to encourage and promote participation in the worldwide movement to reduce environmental impact and increase social responsibility of the print and graphic communications industry through sustainable green printing practices. SGP Partnership recognizes the following sustainable business practices as guiding principles to ensure continued viability and growth: (1) Employ, wherever and whenever possible, materials derived from renewable resources or with low environmental impact, maximizing recycling and recovery efforts with efficient utilization of renewable energy; (2) Encourage the adoption of changes within the supply chain by strongly recommending the use of raw materials that do not threaten or harm future generations; and (3) Educate the customer and ultimate consumer regarding the benefits of a restorative economy. Printers can be listed as a certified SGP Printer by meeting a set of criteria to establish performance standards. Certified SGP printers can be identified through the SGP website.
This council is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and recognize purchasing leadership that accelerates the transition to a prosperous and sustainable future. The Council's programs and community of practice will help institutional purchasers to: prioritize opportunities to influence the social, environmental and economic life cycle impacts of purchased goods and services; identify existing leadership standards and approaches that address these priorities; benchmark progress toward goals; and receive recognition for advancement.
The purpose of USDA's green purchasing program is to promote the purchase of recycled content products, biobased products, Energy Star and energy-efficient products, and environmentally preferable products and services in accord with E.O. 13101 and other legislative and executive order requirements.
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FGC awards are given in two categories - data driven and narrative. Data driven awards are in the wares of Waste, Electronics, and Purchasing, Water, and Transportation. Narrative Awards are given in the categories of Innovation, Education and Outreach, and Leadership.
Co-sponsored by EPA and the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS), these annual awards serve to recognize the leading actions of organizations, programs, suppliers, and individuals that significantly advance the development of green power sources.
Participating DOE sites can qualify for GreenBuy Awards at three levels --Gold, Silver, or Bronze-- by meeting goals of product types in the Sustainable Product List. The awards become progressively more challenging over time, encouraging participants to transition to more and more sustainable products. Awardees will be recognized for the same or higher level in subsequent years but not a lower level. The Sustainable Products List changes each year. Check out this website for the current Sustainable Product List, the rules, and information on past winners.
The Leadership Awards recognize organizations that have demonstrated or actively supported the kind of leadership envisioned in the SPLC's Principles for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing. Collectively, they focus the powerful market influence of institutional purchasers–in public and private sectors alike--to advance a socially just, ecologically robust, economically prosperous future. The winners of SPLC's Leadership Awards exemplify, encourage, and support a constructive cycle of innovation that will define the global marketplace of tomorrow. SPLC's Leadership and Outstanding Case Study Awards are based on detailed case studies submitted by the candidate organizations.
Case Studies
A collection of projects and practices which Federal agencies have implemented to achieve green building goals. Information is categorized by the headings "Policies and Strategies," Tools and Training," and "Best Practices and Case Studies." Subjects covered within these categories include, but are not limited to: water conservation, energy efficiency, metering, NetZero, lighting, green leasing, sustainable acquisition, and design.
The purpose of this Best Practices Guide is to provide information that will assist you and your agency to meet the requirements of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (the Farm bill), which requires Federal agencies to purchase biobased products.
When using the government credit card focus on buying products with recycled content, buying products with reduced packaging; looking for the Energy Star label; asking if the product contains hazardous materials or toxic chemicals; and looking for other information on the environmental features of products
GSAs next generation DDS3 facilitates Federal agencies meeting their sustainability goals. Through DDS3 GSA will work with FedEx and UPS to provide federal agencies with regular reports on the carbon footprint of their shipping. Second, in awarding the contracts GSA explicitly considered the carbon footprint of the companies' services by modeling the Social Cost of Carbon associated with each company's expected shipments under the contract. Approximately 90% of federal agencies' carbon footprint lies in the products and services they purchase, and these groundbreaking features of DDS3 pave the way toward managing these emissions (and the associated energy costs included in our contracts) through GSA's innovative partnerships with their vendors.
This Guide is intended for everyone working at or with federal agencies and is a portal that can lead you to: increase your awareness and understanding of what individual part you play in setting and achieving the goals of federal environmental stewardship; understand what your responsibilities and choices are in reducing your environmental footprint; set your own goals and take action to be part of the solution; and see the results and successes each one of us can bring about.
Case study of a governmental office in Illinois that lowered printing costs by 15% through the use of multi-functional devices (MFD).
This 2012 UNEP publication examines the implementation an approach for implementing sustainable public procurement (SPP) known as the "MTF Approach to SPP" which was developed by the Marrakech Task Force on Sustainable Public Procurement.
This life cycle checklist has been developed for potential buyers to better understand and evaluate the life cycle costs of using biobased products compared to non-biobased products.
These case studies provide information on how organizations purchased ENERGY STAR certified products to save large amounts of money without sacrificing performance.
This community of practice (COP) is a place for sharing great things being done in green purchasing and post and answer questions and useful information. Plan to join this community and share it with the acquisition folks in your agency. You need an OMB MAX account plus your PIV card to access the Gateway. Once you log-in, on the right-hand side of the homepage, you will see "Community". Click on the word "Community" to see the list of all the communities of practice, then scroll down in the "Groups" column to the Sustainable Acquisition community.
This June 2009 document is a joint collaboration between the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD). This publication is an information and decision-making tool to help customers develop their own sustainable procurement policies for wood and paper-based products. It also has information on existing approaches to procurement from legal and sustainable sources
Contract/Procurement Language
This USDA website provides contract templates with model biobased product purchase language for solicitations and contracts. Sample Biobased Contract Language is available for: custodial services; food services/cafeteria; grounds maintenance; minor construction; operations and maintenance; vehicle maintenance.
General sample procurement language is provided s well as specific procurement language for the following: exit signs, LED traffic signals, residential windows, roof products, TVs, VCRs, DVDs, cordless phones and answering machines, computers, monitors, printers, faxes, copiers, scanners, water coolers, commercial/residential clothes washers, commercial/residential refrigerators and freezers, commercial fryers, commercial hot food holding cabinets, commercial steam cookers, vending machines, residential/commercial air conditioners, heat pumps, commercial and industrial transformers.
The model language aids Federal agencies to incorporate the performance criteria used for ENERGY STAR®-qualified and FEMP-designated products into procurement contracts for energy consuming products and systems. These include guide and project specifications; construction, renovation and service contracts; and the evaluations of offers. Products for which model language is available include: compact fluorescent lamps, exit signs, refrigerators, freezers, dish washers, clothes washers, heat pumps, air conditioners, furnaces, water heaters, chillers, ice machines, griddles, fryers, faucets, showerheads, toilets, computers, monitors, printers, roof products, and windows.
RSL 2010-2 implements the Energy Star® requirement of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 for lease acquisition.
EPA has partnered with the Federal Environmental Executive and the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) to develop the Federal Green Construction Guide for Specifiers. The intent of the document is to address the need for a comprehensive guide for procuring green building products and construction services within the Federal government.
RSL-2007-12 outlines policy to implement energy and environmental leasing requirements. This policy incorporates modified and additional green language for Green Lease Solicitation For Offers (SFO) for all leases. The letter also provides accompanying policy in accordance with Executive Order 13423, Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy and Transportation Management, and the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
With funding from the Roy A. Hunt Foundation, NERC developed model EPP specifications and purchasing guidelines for monochrome toner cartridges, copy and multipurpose paper (20lb), and office supplies.
Federal agencies are required to purchase energy-efficient products. To help buyers meet these requirements, the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) maintains acquisition guidance for numerous product categories which are covered by programs such as ENERGY STAR, FEMP, EPEAT, Low Standby Power, and Watersense.
This GSA website contains generic solicitation/contract language that can be used to incorporate minimum sustainability requirements into contracts for products. Contract language is provided for the following programs: Biopreferred, CPG, Energy Star, EPEAT, FEMP, Safer Choice, and WaterSense.
Provided by EPA, this sample is from a state contract to secure freight services; the relevant sections are pages 7, 9 and 19. An agency can put the SmartWay language in RFQ's for any procurement, not just freight services, since if a vendor participates, it can bring along it's freight service carriers which is how GHG tons get reduced, by the shipper and its carriers (including 3PLs) working together to implement fuel-saving, GHG reduction strategies. The strategies are up to the individual companies but can include: materials and packaging strategies, logistics optimization (e.g., reduction of empty miles, route optimization through siting of sourcing, distribution and retail facilities and better management of shipping/receiving time, carrier and mode selection, cleaner and more efficient vehicles and technologies, lower carbon fuels, and a range of operational strategies (e.g. fuel efficient driver training, reduction of unnecessary truck and locomotive idling, speed management), to name just a few.
This compilation of samples and templates was developed to help contracting officers implement task orders for utility energy service contracts (UESC) under existing General Services Administration (GSA) area-wide contracts. The samples and templates are provided to users in an easy-to-modify format that allows contracting officers to address their agency's unique acquisition process. In addition, the General Information section contains information on FEMP contacts, resources, and tools available to assist with UESC projects.
Purchasing Guides
Whether you are a meeting host, planner or service supplier, you can use this site to find the tips, tools and resources to make environmentally responsible choices.
This 2012 document provides an overview of why compostable food service ware can be feasible and how to approach its acquisition. This document was prepared for Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (DES) . It was funded by the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO). The research and writing was done by the Responsible Purchasing Network.
This pamphlet developed by NIH reviews the Environmentally Preferable Procurement (EPP) requirements and provides guidelines for purchasers of scientific supplies, equipment and services.
The purpose of this EPA guide is to provide practical information about environmental aspects of meeting planning and management that will assist federal purchasers in making purchasing decisions. The guide is not a risk assessment document nor is it intended to substitute for Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), labels, or similar documents that provide information on proper storage, handling, use, and disposal.
The purpose of this EPA guide is to provide practical information that will assist federal purchasers in making purchasing decisions. The guide is not a risk assessment document nor is it intended to substitute for Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), labels, or similar documents that provide information on proper storage, handling, use, and disposal.
The purpose of the guide is to provide practical information that will assist federal purchasers in making purchasing decisions. The guide is not a risk assessment document nor is it intended to substitute for Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), labels, or similar documents that provide information on proper storage, handling, use, and disposal.
The purpose of the guide is to provide practical information that will assist federal purchasers in making purchasing decisions. The guide is not a risk assessment document nor is it intended to substitute for Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), labels, or similar documents that provide information on proper storage, handling, use, and disposal.
Each year, AFVs are bid to GSA and offered for purchase or full-service leases through GSA Automotive Vehicle Solutions site, AutoChoice.
Federal agencies can purchase copier paper containing 30% postconsumer fiber from the General Services Administration's Schedule 75, Part XI. The Schedule information is on GSA Advantage, found at https://www.gsaadvantage.gov/.
This crosswalk compares the requirements for products covered by the following programs: EnergyStar, FEMP, EPEAT, Low Standby Power, and WaterSense.
Updated in 2008, this guide, produced by the Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN), provides information and recommendations on responsible use and purchasing of office cleaning products.
Produced by the Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN), this is a comprehensive resource for the responsible use, purchasing, and disposal of computers, monitors, and laptops.
Updated in January 2009, this guide, produced by the Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN), includes Paper Steps, the new hierarchy of environmentally preferable papers created by the Environmental Paper Network.
This guide was prepared for the County of Los Angeles as a customized companion to the Responsible Purchasing Guide for Food Services. This guide outlines the basic social and environmental issues and costs related to polystyrene food container use, provides model policies and bid specs related to food containers, and addresses practical issues in waste management related to food containers.
This guide consists of the following sections: social and environmental issues; best practices; cost, quality, & supply; policies; specifications and standards; products; and calculators.
Produced by the Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN), this is a comprehensive resource for the procurement of green energy. The Guide is designed to help institutions understand and compare green power based on sound environmental analysis, as well as concerns about cost, quality, and supply of green power. The Guide includes model energy policies and contract specifications from a variety of organizations; information on green power standards such as Green-e Energy and EcoLogo; and an online database of certified, green energy products.
Produced by the Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN), this guide covers vehicles and fuels that operate efficiently, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and increase energy security.
Produced by the Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN), this Guide provides information and recommendations on responsible purchasing, use, and disposal of tires and wheel weights with emphasis on low rolling resistance (LRR) tires, retread tires, and lead-free wheel weights.
This guide, produced by the Responsible Procurement Network (RPN) describes the components of a successful procurement program for responsible paint.
Produced by the Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN), this is a comprehensive resource for the for purchasing of high-quality remanufactured monochrome laser cartridges for printers, copiers, and fax machines.
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.
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The EPA, FEMP, and GSA presented this webinar, intended for Federal fleet managers at all levels, on successfully acquiring low greenhouse gas-emitting vehicles for Federal fleets to meet the requirements of Section 141 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA Section 141). Participants will learn about the requirements of EISA Section 141, the corresponding EPA Guidance and tools, and how to determine which vehicles qualify as low greenhouse gas-emitting vehicles. They will understand how to properly report vehicle acquisitions in the Federal Automotive Statistical Tool (FAST). Participants will also learn about low greenhouse gas-emitting vehicles available for Federal fleets to lease or purchase through GSA.
Federal agencies to give procurement preference to USDA-designated biobased products and to develop affirmative procurement programs for purchasing them and establishing tracking and reporting systems. BioPreferred is the name of the procurement preference program designed to increase the purchase and use of biobased products by Federal agencies. Upon completion of the Modules, you will be able to: 1. Define the term, biobased product and give examples; 2. Define BioPreferred; 3. Define the term, designated item and give examples; 4. Be aware of the item designation process; 5. Discuss benefits of buying biobased products; and 6. Know where to buy designated biobased items.
After an overview of the BioPreferred® Federal Procurement Preference Program, this seminar will focus on biobased products for Operations, Maintenance, and Cleaning including success stories and best practices.
Offered by USDA, this is an introduction to responsibilities under the BioPreferred Federal Procurement Preference Training.
The USDA BioPreferred program has made 2 archived seminars available for viewing. The recorded seminars include a November 1, 2011 webinar entitled "From Awareness to Action: The BioPreferred Federal Procurement Preference Program", and a December 6, 2011 webinar entitled "Biobased Products in Operations, Maintenance, and Cleaning." Participants are eligible to earn CEU credit, and these modules are available 24x7.
This course is designed to assist government employees in their goal to achieve more sustainable options for their agency. As government employees, we all have been tasked with improving the environment by building, operating, and buying green. By the end of this training course you should be able to: Identify the importance of the Executive Orders, FAR, and reporting requirements for sustainable procurement; Identify green attributes; Locate resources for purchasing green products and services and Recognize green products and services. This webinar is offered by GSA.
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.
The 21 February 2012 Presidential Memorandum - Driving Innovation and Creating Jobs in Rural America through Biobased and Sustainable Product Procurement raises the bar for biobased purchasing in the Federal sector. Find out what the Memorandum means for you and your agency. Gain insight from top experts who will share the latest information on: Goals and priorities that underpin the urgency of Federal efforts; New requirements that accelerate biobased procurement preferences; Tips for reporting biobased purchasing on the OMB Agency Scorecard.
Offered through the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), this 8-hour course is divided into sixteen modules which can be taken at one time or separately. Students will earn eight DAU/FAI Continuous Learning Points (CLP) for the course following the successful completion of the course modules and a multiple-choice assessment. This module is primarily intended for federal contracting and procurement officials, however, federal energy/facility managers would also benefit from understanding third-party financing options for energy and energy-related building improvements.
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.
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.
Offered as a part of the Whole Building Design Guide, this course provides hands-on learning and practice to teach professional about finding, specifying, and selecting energy-efficient products. The course outlines the financial and enviornmental benefits of buying energy-efficient products and summarizes the legal requirements underpinning Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), which mandatre the purchase of ENERGY STAR, low standby power, and FEMO-designated products, This training covers both fundamental and intermediate topics, including how to integrate energy-efficiency into the procurement process and overcome potential barriers. The 4.5-hour course is worth 4.5 learning units and 0.5 FEMP continuing education credits.
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.
This seminar will introduce the viewer to the BioPreferred® Federal Procurement Preference Program. Federal employees and Federal contractors will gain an understanding of their responsibilities for giving procurement preference to biobased products and how doing so will advance important national goals.
Presentation dated December 2007 discussing what green lease policies and procedures are in place and when were they incorporated into the GSA lease acquisition process.
Offered by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), the course number is CLC 046. Green procurement is the purchase of products and services with favorable energy or environmental attributes in accordance with federally-mandated "green" procurement preference programs. The DoD's Green Procurement Program is a comprehensive strategy for implementing environmentally preferred practices while sustaining the overall mission. The overall objective of this lesson is to identify the objectives and background of DoD's Green Procurement Program. This module takes approximately two hours to complete. It contains an end of module test that must be passed with a 100% score.
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.
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.
Learn tips from industry experts on how to write and negotiate an effective contract with refuse and recycling haulers, while keeping costs under control and increasing recycling. This webinar will also give you each of the speaker's first hand practical experiences on how to more effectively negotiate waste, recycling and composting contracts with haulers. Both speakers have reduced costs and significantly improved on diversion rates. This webinar was presented on 24 May 2012 by the EPA's Sustainable Materials Management Web Academy.
Presentation covers executive order and statutory requirements, Federal Acquisition Regulation provisions, each of the components of the Federal green purchasing program, examples of "cool stuff" from Federal agencies, example contract languages, and lots of references. Notes are provided.
Purchasing products with the ENERGY STAR label can substantially reduce your organization's energy use and costs. This training session includes information about EPA support to help your organization purchase products with superior energy performance; guidelines that define energy performance for numerous products; sample procurement language for stipulating energy performance attributes to vendors; lists of ENERGY STAR labeled products; and energy savings software that calculates the life cycle costs of ENERGY STAR products and their less efficient counterparts.
Specifically for purchase card holders, this training covers all of the Federal government-recognized green purchasing categories This course is offered by USDA.
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.
This spreadsheet is a compilation of sustainable acquisition training resources developed or hosted by federal agencies that are available to government employees, businesses and non-governmental organizations. The courses listed have been compiled by the interagency Federal Sustainable Acquisition & Materials Management Practices Workgroup (SAMM) as of 14 April 2016.
Get the latest on the requirements for mandatory federal purchasing of biobased products. BioPreferred related Implementing Instructions for the new Executive Order 13693.
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