Making Federal Government Purchasing Greener


Source: EPA
Related Topics: US Environmental Protection Agency
EPA announced today the proposal of draft guidelines that will help the federal government buy greener and safer products. The draft guidelines were designed to assist federal purchasing decision makers in more consistently using existing non-governmental product environmental performance standards and ecolabels.  In response to broad stakeholder interest, EPA is seeking public input on these draft Guidelines and a potential approach to assessing non-governmental environmental standards and ecolabels already in the marketplace which can help federal purchasers identify and select products that are greener and safer for the environment. The draft guidelines were developed by EPA, the General Services Administration, and others following several listening sessions with a wide range of stakeholders on how the federal government can be more sustainable in its purchasing and how it can best meet the numerous federal requirements for the procurement of sustainable and environmentally preferable products and services.

Below are links to a blog from Jim Jones, EPA’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention; the Agency’s press release; and draft social media posts that are you are free to share. 

Jim Jones Blog:  Making Federal Government Purchasing Greener at

Press Release:!OpenDocument (RELEASE)

Social Media:

Did you know that the federal government is the largest buyer of goods and services – in the world? We’re releasing new draft guidelines today that will help the federal government buy more sustainable products – from furniture to cleaning products. This means your taxpayer dollars will be put to greener, more efficient use.

We now have draft guidelines to help the federal government buy greener products. #GreenGov
Tweet 2: We’re helping government buy and increase market demand for green products with new draft guidelines. #GreenGov

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