Responsible Purchasing Network

RPN Local Resources: San Francisco Bay Area


In an effort to encourage collaboration on green procurement issues and connect local purchasers, RPN has decided to create regionally based sections with a geographic focus.

While these resources are targeted for a specific area, you'll find that much of the information and material is intended to be applicable to all organizations regardless of geographic location.

This section focuses on the Cities and Counties of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Recent Events




ABAG - Buying Green ... Buying Smart II November 3, 2011

Sustainable Purchasing Products and Practices that Save Time & Money
Alicia Culver of the Responsible Purchasing Network presented strategies to achieve the best value for green products & services, including centralizing purchasing, utilizing cooperative  purchasing agreements, evaluating products’ total cost of ownership.

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Sharing Successful Sustainable Purchasing Strategies
Staff from  Bay Area jurisdictions presented brief examples of how their jurisdictions “greened”  purchases in specific  product categories.  
Success stories included:

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  • Linden SkjeieEnvironmentally Preferable Purchasing Program co-chair, City of San José, presenting examples from the San Jose Fire Department

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  • Jessian Choy, San Francisco Dept. of the Environment, presenting green office supplies and other fun & draconian strategies for going green
Have a success story to share? Please contact Ellen Love at
LED Streetlights

Rafael Reyes, Executive Director of the Bay Area Climate Collaborative presented a new initiative for joint-purchasing of LED streetlights.

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Thank you to ABAG and SFEP for sponosoring the event, to the panelists for their time, and to Melanie Chopko for donating her services as a Visual Thinking Specialist.


Recent Webinars

Green Purchasing 101 with the Spare the Air Employer Program
September 20, 2011

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Bay Area Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Policies

City/County Name Date
Albany August 1, 2007
Antioch January 23, 1990
Berkeley November 17, 2004
Burlingame N/A
Contra Costa County Forthcoming (Click here for Climate Action Plan)
Mountain View N/A
Napa County January 4, 2010
Oakland July 17, 2007
Richmond August 1, 2009
City and County of San Francisco June 17, 2005
San Jose January 25, 2001
San Leandro October 4, 2004
San Mateo County December 6,2000
Sonoma County 2009
Don't see your EPP Policy here? Please email a copy to RPN at and we'd be happy to post it!

Featured Resource

City of San Jose EPP Video

Past Events




ABAG - Buying Green ... Buying Smart II October 20, 2010


RPN facilitated a day long workshop with the Association for Bay Area Governments (ABAG) on sustainable policies, programs, and prioritization. The event consisted of several panels with purchasers from around the Bay Area, and a prioritization exercise.

The presentation slides and recordings are available to download for free. Please note the video recordings are large files and will take a few minutes to download or open.

Sustainable Purchasing Policies

Panelists from three Bay Area jurisdictions described the important elements of their sustainable purchasing policy, including strengths and weaknesses, and the process they went through to get it adopted and implemented.

Moderator: Rachel Balsley, StopWaste.Org

  • Julie Weiss, City of Palo Alto
  • William Shaw, Santa Clara County
  • Mary Bell Austin, San Mateo County

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Sustainable Purchasing Programs

This panel highlighted the important elements of three jurisdictions’ sustainable purchasing programs and discussed the most successful and challenging aspects of each program.

Moderator: Karen Cook, Alameda County

  • Linden Skjeie, City of San Jose
  • Chris Geiger, City and County of San Francisco
  • Steve Lederer, Napa County

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Sustainable Purchasing Resources

This panel’s three speakers each described a valuable sustainable purchasing resource they have been involved with developing. Attendees were invited to discuss their need for sustainable purchasing resources.

Moderator: Susan Kinsella, Conservatree and Green Purchasing Institute

  • Tina Yoke, City of Mountain View and Lani Lee Ho, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority:  Public EPP System (PEPPS).
  • Jessian Choy, City and County of San Francisco:  SF Approved List.
  • Phillip Kobernick, Responsible Purchasing Network:  RPN’s membership resources.

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Sustainable Purchasing Prioritization and Collaboration

RPN Director, Alicia Culver, led a facilitated prioritization exercise to demonstrate a process jurisdictions and institutions can use to choose product categories to work on based on the greatest sustainability and economic benefits.

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Download prioritization matrix (Excel)