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Region 1 EPP Activities

Organization(s) Environmental Protection Agency - Region 1
Project Description EPA has taken a variety of steps to improve its own green purchasing activities. This includes the approval of an Agency EPP policy, setting "green" purchasing goals for 2005 and 2010 in the areas of building, janitorial services, copy paper, meetings, office supplies, electronics, vehicle fleets, landscaping, power, and recycling/waste prevention.

More recently, EPA developed a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) to buy "green" office supplies on-line from a national vendor. All EPA Regional Offices will be transitioning to this on-line ordering system in the fall of 2004. A set of environmental criteria for office supplies has been developed to meet or exceed EPA's recycled content guidelines. The product guidelines include environmental attributes, such as process chlorine free, rechargeable, non-toxic, and non-ozone depleting substances, among others. For the first time, this centralized purchasing system will allow EPA to track its purchases of recycled content and other "green" products with great speed and detail.

In Region 1-NE, an EPP workgroup functions as part of the Regional Green Team. Some of the reported successes for 2003 include purchases of 100 percent recycled content paper, remanufactured toner cartridges, re-refined engine oil, and electronics recycling services.

More Info www.epa.gov/epp/pubs/buying_green_online.pdf
 
Project Contact
Name Robert Guillemin
Phone 617-918-1814
E-mail
 
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Environmental Management Systems, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
Activity Keywords Policy/Legislative
 
Source
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 14 No. 1, Spring 2004

 

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