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EPP Vendor Fair and Conference

Organization(s) Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description On October 8, 2003, the Massachusetts Operational Services Division (OSD) hosted the 9th Annual Environmentally Preferable Products (EPPs) Vendor Fair and Conference at the Worcester Centrum Centre. For the 800+ registered participants comprised of state and local government staff, the event was an excellent opportunity to see over 100 exhibits of EPPs under one roof in one day. Featured products included less toxic cleaning products, organic fertilizers, non-chemical water treatment technologies, ecological landscaping products/services, plastic lumber furniture and playground equipment, waterless plumbing devices, ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel, compostable tableware, and much more.

Last year's event specifically addressed the budget woes of many state and local governments by focusing on ways to save money through green purchasing. The slate of workshops featured such topics as, "Cutting Costs with Cutting Edge Products", "Gain Without Pain - Money and Energy", "Cleaning for Health with EPPs", "Best Management Practices - Sustainability in Action", and "Green Renovations without Demolishing your Budget". Several electric and alternative fuel vehicles models were on hand for a test drive, including a waterless street sweeper already in use by one MA community.

Awards were given to government agencies and private companies. The Sustainable Purchasing/Practices Award was presented to the City of Waltham. Arlington received the Municipal Award for its exceptional approach to EPP purchasing and comprehensive program of sustainable community planning and growth. The Bureau of State Office Buildings (BSOB) and Department of Corrections (DOC) both received Agency Awards - BSOB for their expanded recycling program and recent introduction of EPP cleaning products to four state buildings, and DOC for their unparalleled commitment to recycling and multi-facility retrofit project that saved nearly $1.5 million in less than one year.

Business awards were presented to Diversified Business Systems, a Haverhill-based printing company, and Agresource Inc. for their leadership efforts in waste reduction and for offering value-added services aimed at saving money for their customers.

Project Contact
Name Peter Allison
Phone 617-292-5980
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
Activity Keywords Awards program, Conference, Training/workshops
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 14 No. 1, Spring 2004


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