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RPN: because every purchase matters
December 2007 - In This Issue

RPN Program News
Thousands of New Green Products Online
The Competitive Advantage: EcoPurchasing—New Member Benefit
RPN Joins the Product Stewardship Institute Adjunct Council
Calculate the Cost Benefits of Your Green Purchasing
RPN Guidance Earns STARS Credit
RPN Helps Congress Buy Green Paper
Overheard in the Forums: Fleet Management Strategies

Responsible Purchasing in the News
RPN Member Spotlight:
RPN Members to Test PHEVs
Green Cleaning Schools Act Draft Guidelines Available for Comment
Survey of Procurement Officials in the Sweatfree Movement
SEPTA to Buy 400 Hybrid Busses
GS-37 and GS-5 Under Revision
Cleaning Industry Launches Climate Initiative

Calendar
Jobs

RPN Program News

Thousands of New Green Products Online
We’ve updated our online catalog with thousands of new products registered with third-party standard setters like EPEAT and certifiers like EcoLogo, GreenSeal and many more.  

The updated database includes updated listings, expanded EPEAT and ENERGY STAR information, and for the Fleet Guide, fuel economy and purchase price for 2008 model year vehicles.

Please note that, with the exception of Cleaning products, the RPN product database is available only to RPN members. Visit our join page to enroll today!

The Competitive Advantage: EcoPurchasing—New Member Benefit
When Joining RPN or renewing RPN membership, members will now receive The Competitive Advantage: EcoPurchasing by Sandra Cannon, an RPN Steering Committee member. This book is a persuasive primer on environmentally preferable purchasing for CEOs, directors and purchasers in the public and private sphere. This title is also available for $35.00 to non-members on our publication page
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RPN Joins the Product Stewardship Institute Adjunct Council
We are proud to announce that RPN has accepted a position on the Adjunct Council of the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), a member organization of the Responsible Purchasing Network.
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Calculate the Cost Benefits of Your Green Purchasing
Did you know the Responsible Purchasing Guides to Lighting and to Light-Duty Fleet Vehicles contain calculators to aid you in your purchasing decisions?

Use these calculators from ENERGY STAR, Sylvania, and Philips to measure the potential cost savings from energy efficient bulbs, and the mercury content of various bulbs.

Use the Hybrid Calculator to compare hybrid electric (HEV) and conventional vehicles, includes estimated payback periods and emissions reductions.

RPN Guidance Earns STARS Credit
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) draft Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) 0.4 includes 8 possible credits for environmentally preferable purchasing. Universities may earn the first of those credits by adopting an environmentally preferable purchasing plan that is consistent with RPN Guidance. More

RPN Helps Congress Buy Green Paper
The U.S. House of Representatives, with the help of RPN, is taking a step to significantly cut its energy consumption and save forest resources by switching from copy paper made from virgin fiber to 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper. More

Overheard in the Forums: Fleet Management Strategies
"I'm looking for fleet management strategies/policies to reduce carbon emissions.  Ideally this would be a specific policy that sets standards for the purchase of their vehicle fleet." More

Responsible Purchasing in the News

RPN Member Spotlight: RPN Members to Test PHEVs
The City of Seattle, King County, and other local Washington agencies will participate in a year-long demonstration project testing the performance of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in an urban area. More

Green Cleaning Schools Act Draft Guidelines Available for Comment
Draft guidelines for the Green Cleaning Schools Act are now available for comment. The Healthy Schools Campaign and its allies successfully advocated for the Green Cleaning Schools Act, which requires the use of environmentally sensitive cleaning and maintenance products in all Illinois public and non-public elementary and secondary schools with 50 or more students. More

Survey of Procurement Officials in the Sweatfree Movement
In cooperation with RPN, SweatFree Communities conducted an initial survey of purchasing officials responsible for implementing sweat-free procurement policies. The survey explored the resources needed to implement sweat-free purchasing, while documenting the current collaboration among purchasing officials and advocacy groups. More

SEPTA to Buy 400 Hybrid Busses
The Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Board approved the purchase of 400 new diesel-electric hybrid buses. The new buses will make SEPTA one of the largest public transit hybrid bus fleets in the country.  More



GS-37 and GS-5 Under Revision
Green Seal’s GS-37: Environmental Standard for Industrial and Institutional Cleaners is being revised and available for public review, a key step to involve all stakeholders in the development process.  More

Green Seal is inviting stakeholders to submit suggestions and comments on the proposed revisions of GS-5, its environmental standard for CFLs. More

Cleaning Industry Launches Climate Initiative
The cleaning industry launched a Climate Initiative last week that will create awareness and help companies to voluntarily measure, reduce and offset their emissions. More

Calendar of Events

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

Look for RPN staff at events marked with .

4th Annual Procure-to-Pay (P2P) Conference Orlando, FL January 28-30
University of Miami Sustainability Roundtable Miami, FL   January 31
MPI-CAC Annual Educational Conference Chicago, IL February 22
WIREC 2008

Washington, D.C.

March 4-6
Built Green Conference and Expo Everett, WA March 13-14
Green California Summit and Exposition Sacramento, CA April 7-9
NIGP Forum and Products Exposition 2008 Charlotte, NC  July 26-30
Jobs
Please email us at rpn@newdream.org any openings that may be of interest to candidates seeking positions within the responsible purchasing field.
Waste Reduction and Outreach Manager

Metro Portland Solid Waste & Recycling

December 10, 2007
EPP Consulting

Green Seal

November 06, 2007
Environmental Scientist

Green Seal

October 15, 2007

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