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

Feature Article
Five Tips for Saving Greenbacks Through Green Purchasing

RPN Program News
RPN Is Hiring
Have Speakers, Will Travel
Break the Bottled Water Habit with our New Responsible Purchasing Guide

RPN Member Spotlight: State of California
California Enacts Nation's First Statewide Green Chemistry Program
California to Reap Economic Benefits from Cutting Emissions

Responsible Purchasing in the News
Minnesota Protects Roads by Penny Pinching on Salt
Silicon Valley Employees Sowing Green from Within
New Jersey Plans Off-Shore Wind Farm
San Francisco Mayor Challenges City's Businesses to Go Solar
Chicago Unveils Comprehensive Emissions Reduction Plan
Green Seal Proposes Revised Environmental Standard for Reusable Bags

Jobs
Webinars
Calendar

Green Cleaners Webinar

Register now for our December 9th Green Cleaners Webinar!  Get information and recommendations on responsible use and purchasing of office cleaning products. Learn from case studies and view presentations by RPN best practice experts and representatives from leading standard setting organizations. More More

Feature Article
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Five Tips for Saving Greenbacks Through Green Purchasing
Given the current turmoil in global financial markets, businesses, schools, and governments are struggling to curtail spending.  Through responsible purchasing strategies, however, cost savings, environmental benefits, and human health improvements can coexist. Outlined here are five proven ways purchasers can save money while protecting the earth for future generations. More More
RPN Program News
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RPN Seeks Program Manager, Membership Coordinator
The Responsible Purchasing Network is seeking qualified candidates for two full time positions: Program Manager and Membership Coordinator. Join our team and help us advance socially responsible and environmentally sustainable purchasing.  More More
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Have Speakers, Will Travel
Need a green procurement speaker at your next event? Want to host a green purchasing workshop? RPN staff are always on the road spreading the word about how buyers can cut waste and save money by adopting responsible purchasing policies and implementing improved practices. Our staff are available to speak on a wide variety of green purchasing issues to enhance your next conference or meeting. More More
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Break the Bottled Water Habit with our New Responsible Purchasing Guide
The Responsible Purchasing Guide to Bottled Water Alternatives, produced by RPN in partnership with Corporate Accountability International, can help your organization stop pouring purchasing dollars down the drain by switching to tap water, filters, water fountains and other bottled water alternatives. Download the guide today and watch the webinar video online. More More
RPN Member Spotlight: State of California
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California Enacts Nation's First Statewide Green Chemistry Program
California just became the first state in the nation to establish a comprehensive green chemistry program to reduce or eliminate hazardous chemicals in consumer products and the environment.  More More
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California to Reap Economic Benefits from Cutting Emissions
California's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will benefit the state's economy and save residents money, according to a report from the state’s Air Resources Board. More More
Responsible Purchasing in the News
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Minnesota Protects Roads by Penny Pinching on Salt
Minnesota restricts the use of salt and other harmful, corrosive chemicals on roadways, permitting their use only in areas where traction is critical, such as on hills, at intersections, or on high-speed or principal roadways. This penny-pinching strategy is worth its weight in salt given the current salt-shortage.  More More
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Silicon Valley Employees Sowing Green from Within
Silicon Valley employees are forming green teams to push companies and peers to be greener. More More
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New Jersey Plans Off-Shore Wind Farm
The State of New Jersey has approved an offshore wind farm and plans to triple the amount of wind power it uses by 2020. More More
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San Francisco Mayor Challenges City's Businesses to Go Solar
San Francisco Mayor Newsom has created a Mayor's Solar Founders' Circle to challenge the city's businesses to go solar within a year. More More
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Chicago Unveils Comprehensive Emissions Reduction Plan
Chicago plans to implement the most aggressive plan by any major American city to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  More More
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Green Seal Proposes Revised Environmental Standard for Reusable Bags
Green Seal is seeking public comments through December 8th on a Proposed Revised Environmental Standard for Reusable Bags (GS-16), intended for use as environmentally preferable substitutes for single-use paper and plastic bags.  More More

Jobs
Job Title
Organization
Location
Posted On
EcoBuild Job Fair, Dec 8-11 Variety of Companies and Organizations Washington, DC October 20, 2008
RPN Program Manager Responsible Purchasing Network Takoma Park, MD October 06, 2008
Membership Coordinator New American Dream/Responsible Purchasing Network Takoma Park, MD September 25, 2008
Responsible Purchasing Fellowship Responsible Purchasing Network Takoma Park, MD May 01, 2008
Webinars
Join one of our RPN webinars to learn more about the latest ideas, initiatives and best practices for a wealth of procurement topics.
Topic Date
Webinar: Green Cleaners December 9, 2:30-3:30pm ET
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
WRPPN Annual Conference RPN logo Monterey, CA October 22-24
Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing Conference RPN Logo Lansdowne, VA October 29-31
National Science Foundation Green Exposition RPN logo Arlington, VA October 29
Sustainable Business Success New York, NY October 29
AASHE 2008 Conference RPN logo Raleigh, NC November 9-11
Greenbuild 2008 International Conference and Expo Boston, MA November 18-21
EcoBuild and AEC-ST Conference and Exhibit RPN logo Washington, DC December 8-11
The Green Exposition & Conference RPN logo Chicago, IL June 3-4

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