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RPN: because every purchase matters
April 2008 - In This Issue

RPN Program News
 Register today 
  Green Power Webcast Tuesday April 8 (Tomorrow!)
New Responsible Purchasing Guide: Green Power
Responsible Purchasing Consulting Services
RPN Product Listings Available as Excel Files
Revised CFL Standards Integrated into RPN Lighting Guide

Responsible Purchasing in the News
RPN Member Spotlight: RPN Members Help Launch Green Cities CA
NIGP Launches "Green Knowledge Community"
CEC Reports Green Building Design Cuts CO2
New '50 Earth Saving Tips' Book Includes Responsible Purchasing

Overheard in the Forums
Advice on Green Janitorial Service Solicitations?

Calendar

Green Procurement Exposition & Conference

The Green Procurement Exposition & Conference – Midwest will be held June 4 & 5 at the Navy Pier in Chicago.  The conference brings together experts and practitioners in the areas of procurement, purchasing, supply, and environmentally preferred products (EPP).   More More
RPN Program News
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Register for Green Power Webcast Tuesday April 8 (Tomorrow!)
Register today to reserve your space for the Tuesday, April 8 Responsible Purchasing Webcast on Green Power. This webcast will provide information on responsible electricity use and procurement, with emphasis on purchasing grid-delivered green power and renewable energy certificates (RECs). Presentations include an overview of the new Responsible Purchasing Guide for Green Power, a description of the Green-e energy standard, and a case study from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on their record-setting green power contract. 
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New Responsible Purchasing Guide: Green Power
The brand new Responsible Purchasing Guide for Green Power is a comprehensive resource for the procurement of green energy. The Guide is designed to help institutions understand and compare green power based on sound environmental analysis, as well as concerns about cost, quality, and supply of green power. The Guide includes model energy policies and contract specifications from a variety of organizations; information on green power standards such as Green-e Energy and EcoLogo; and an online database of certified, green energy products.  
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Responsible Purchasing Consulting Services
RPN’s team of staff and consultants is available to develop creative, outcome-oriented strategies to help clients improve their bottom line while meeting sustainability goals. Learn more about the services we provide to help your organization become more efficient, productive and environmentally responsible.
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RPN Product Listings Available in Excel Format
RPN members can now download the product listings from RPN Purchasing Guides as Excel files from the RPN website.
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Revised CFL Standards Integrated into RPN Lighting Guide
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued revised standards and expanded categories for ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs).  These changes have been incorporated into RPN’s Responsible Purchasing Guide for Lighting.
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Responsible Purchasing in the News
RPN Member Spotlight: RPN Members Help Launch Green Cities California
Ten California city and county governments, including RPN members Santa Monica, San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose and Santa Barbara have joined together to form Green Cities California (GCG) to accelerate local, regional, national and international sustainability efforts.
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NIGP Launches "Green Knowledge Community"
The National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) has created a new “Green Knowledge Community” to advance the procurement of environmentally preferable products and promote social and economic responsibility in public procurement. 
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CEC Reports Green Building Design Cuts CO2
A study by RPN member, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), says green building design and operations represent the cheapest and most effective way to cut North American greenhouse gas emissions.
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New ‘50 Earth Saving Tips’ Book Includes Responsible Purchasing
A new edition of the popular “50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth” book has been published, with a section on institutional purchasing spotlighting the Responsible Purchasing Network as a key resource.  An affiliated website also features a short “how to green your office” guide developed by RPN staff.
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Overheard in the Forums
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Overheard in the Forums: Advice on Janitorial Service Solicitations?
Lisa Rethwish asks: "The County of San Diego will be putting out a solicitation for janitorial services. As part of the proposal, we want offerors to submit pricing for their services using both green and traditional products. Has anyone done a solicitation like this? If yes, do you have any advice for us?"
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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. Look for RPN staff at events marked with RPN Logo

Event Location Date
Green California Summit and Exposition Sacramento, CA April 7-9
 Webcast: Green Power  RPN Logo Webcast April 8
Sustainable Manufacturing Summit Chicago, IL April 8-9
Craft Brewers Conference RPN Logo San Diego, CA April 16-19
Business Goes Green Summit and Go Green Expo New York, NY April 25-27
Government Customer Support Conference and Expo RPN Logo Alexandria, VA April 28-30
 Webcast: EPEAT Computers  RPN Logo Webcast May 6
Green Earth Expo Orlando, FL May 14-18
National Environmental Partnership Summit RPN Logo Baltimore, MD May 19-22
National Product Stewardship Forum Boston, MA June 3-5
Green Procurement Exposition & Conference RPN Logo Chicago, IL June 4-5
Earth Now Expo Las Vegas, NV June 4-5
Greenfair Silicon Valley San Jose, CA June 7-8
REACH and the U.S. Exporter Washington, DC June 24
Green Real Estate Conference Denver, CO July 16-17
Southwest Greening Government Conference Flagstaff, AZ July 25
NIGP Forum and Products Exposition 2008 Charlotte, NC July 26-30
GreenGov Conference 2008RPN Logo Arlington, VA August 14-15
Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing Conference RPN Logo Lansdowne, VA October 29-31
Greenbuild 2008 International Conference and Expo Boston, MA November 18-21

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