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November 2007 - In This Issue

RPN Program News
New! Responsible Purchasing Guide for Fluorescent Lighting
North American Green Purchasing Summit
Do Remanufactured Cartridges Void Manufacturer Warranties?
New! Responsible Purchasing Guide for Bottled Water

Responsible Purchasing in the News
RPN Member Spotlight:
Massachusetts EPP Vendor Fair & Conference
Pennsylvania Tops List of State Green Power Purchasers
AASHE Planning Campus Sustainability Rating System
TSA Purchases EPEAT Silver PC's

Calendar
Jobs

RPN Program News

New! Responsible Purchasing Guide for Fluorescent Lighting
On Monday, RPN and the Green Purchasing Institute published the Responsible Purchasing Guide for Fluorescent Lighting. The Guide provides tips and tools for developing a socially and environmentally preferable lighting program.
Click here to read an executive overview of the guide. More

RPN Members:
To download the free pdf version of the Guide, click here.
To explore the online edition, including product listings and pdfs of policies and specifications, click here.
To view the powerpoint slides from the webinar, click here.
To watch a video of the webinar, including all the slides and the audio of the presenters, click here.

Non-Members:
To purchase the Guide, click here.
To purchase the video of the webinar, including all the slides and the audio of the presenters, click here.
To read a free executive overview of the Guide, click here.

North American Green Purchasing Summit
RPN Steering Committee
members, staff, and allies from all over the continent gathered on October 31 in Worcester, MA for the North American Green Purchasing Initiative's (NAGPI) 5th Annual Summit. Stakeholders from industry, NGOs, and government discussed needs, shared resources, and outlined a common set of goals, including opportunities in five key areas:

  • Information sharing
  • Training of green purchasers
  • Standards for more environmental product attributes and more product areas, and better and more simplified marketing of them
  • Research on purchaser needs and on the overall scale of the green purchasing movement
  • Policy research, education, and information sharing to identify the most successful policy strategies.

RPN will continue to address each of these areas through our existing programs and by exploring collaborative projects with partners engaged at the Summit. Stay tuned for details. RPN would like to extend our thanks to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation for hosting the NAGPI summit.

Pictured in the photo: (left to right, back row to front row) Karen Hamilton, King County; Jeffrey Baer, City of Portland; Stacey Foreman, City of Portland; Karl Bruskotter, City of Santa Monica; Eric Nelson, King County; Courtney Godwin, RPN Fellow; Matt Kittell, RPN Manager; Timothy Reeve, Sustainability Purchasing Network; Mary Peters, RPN Membership; Karin Borgerson, RPN Manager; Marcia Deegler, Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Elizabeth Eckl, EPE Consulting; Dimitriy Nikolayev, Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and Chris O'Brien, RPN Director.

Do Remanufactured Cartridges Void Manufacturer Warranties?
Confused about whether to use remanufactured toner and ink cartridges? Worried that the products might not perform as well as virgin cartridges or that they may void the warranties on your machines?

Get your toner questions answered. RPN is partnering with Massachusetts and the International Imaging Technologies Council to host a question and answer session on remanufactured toner. E-mail questions to matt@newdream.org by Friday, November 9. More

New! Responsible Purchasing Guide for Bottled Water
RPN's guide to bottled water is now available free of charge online and in print. Find out how places like San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and New York are saving money and reducing waste by breaking the bottled water habit. More

Responsible Purchasing in the News

RPN Member Spotlight
Massachusetts EPP Vendor Fair & Conference
Massachusetts' Annual EPP Vendor Fair and Conference brought together over 1,300 federal, state and local procurement officials, RPN staff, fleet and facility managers, and environmental staff for a day filled with information on environmentally preferable products and responsible purchasing practices. The event featured 150 exhibitors, 10 educational workshops, a day of fun activities and networking. RPN's workshop on environmental product standards drew a standing room only crowd and featured speakers from EcoLogo, Green Seal, and the Chlorine Free Products Association. Pencil next year's EPP Fair into your calendar today! For more details about the event, click here.

Pennsylvania Tops List of State Green Power Purchasers
On October 23, 2007, Governor Edward B. Rendell announced that the Commonweatlh of Pennsylvania is now purchasing enough green power to cover nearly 30 percent of the electricity needed for government operations. This exceeds the Commonwealth's goal of 20 percent green power and makes it the top state on the EPA Green Power Partnership list. More



AASHE Planning Campus Sustainability Rating System
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is inviting reviewers to participate in developing a new system for rating the sustainability of U.S. colleges and universities. More

TSA Purchases EPEAT Silver PCs
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently refreshed the computers at 450 airports with EPEAT Silver rated PCs. More

Calendar of Events

Check our online events page for a more complete calendar of events. Please e-mail events for the calendar to rpn@newdream.org.

ProcureCon 2007 Las Vegas, NV November 6-9
Greenbuild 2007 Chicago, IL November 7-9
Toner Cartridge Q&A

Online Forums

November 9 - Deadline
Greening the Purchasing and Supply Chain Omaha, NE November 13
ICLEI Regional Workshop 2007: Northeast Innovators, Climate Action Hartford, CT November 29
Eye for Procurement Miami, FL   November 29-30
Jobs
Please email us at rpn@newdream.org any openings that may be of interest to candidates seeking positions within the responsible purchasing field.
Sustainable Supply Chain & Procurement Consultant

Portland Group

November 5
Environmental Scientist

Green Seal

October 15
EPP Consulting

Green Seal

Ongoing

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