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RPN: because every purchase matters
March 2009 - In This Issue
 
Sign Up Now for RPN Food Services Webinar
Did you know that eliminating trays in cafeterias cuts water and energy use and food waste? That the Fair Trade label is not just for coffee? Learn more about sustainable food and dining strategies in our May 27 webinar and Responsible Purchasing Guide for Food Services.   More More

RPN Program News
TODAY! Power of Purchasing Webinar with RPN Director Chris O’Brien
RPN Member Badge: Wear it Proudly on Your Website
Coming Soon: Carbon Offsets Purchasing Guide
Responsible Purchaser of the Year Awards

RPN Member Spotlight: San Francisco, San Jose
San Francisco Bay Area Mayors Sign Climate Change Compact

New Members
RPN Welcomes New Members

Responsible Purchasing in the News
NIGP Webinar: Writing a Responsible Green Purchasing Policy
Green Purchasing in the Carolinas
Berks County, PA to Pursue No-Cost Greening
L.A. Streets Will Soon be Illuminated by LEDs
EcoLogo Seeks Comments for Revision of Paper Standards
Green Companies Do Better During Economic Downturn
Survey Says Most Employers Manage With the Environment in Mind

Jobs
Calendar

RPN Program News
Purchasing Guides
TODAY! Power of Purchasing Webinar with RPN Director Chris O’Brien
Tune in to a March 17 Northeast Recycling Council "Power of Purchasing" Webinar to hear RPN Director Chris O'Brien and Terrachoice Environmental Marketing VP Scot Case discuss how to go “Beyond the Basics of Green Purchasing.”   More More
 
US Communities
RPN Member Badge: Wear it Proudly on Your Website
RPN Members, now you can proudly display your commitment to socially responsible and environmentally sustainable purchasing with the RPN Member Badge. Place it on your website or use it in written materials to show the world you are serious about responsible purchasing.  More More
 
Cleaner's guide
Coming Soon: Carbon Offsets Purchasing Guide
In a bind over offset options? Help is on the way. The Responsible Purchasing Network has partnered with Carbonfund.org to produce a Carbon Offsets Purchasing Guide, scheduled for release this summer. The guide will outline the environmental impacts of various offset options, so your organization can get the most abatement for your buck.  More More
 
Cleaner's guide
Responsible Purchaser of the Year Awards
Who's the greenest purchaser of them all? Stay tuned. RPN will announce the winners of the first annual Responsible Purchaser of the Year awards on March 28 at the Seattle Green Festival.  More More
 
RPN Member Spotlight: San Francisco, San Jose
Clark County
San Francisco Bay Area Mayors Sign Climate Change Compact
This month, the mayors of the San Francisco Bay area's three largest cities—RPN members San Francisco and San Jose, as well as Oakland—signed a regional agreement outlining joint goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.   More  More
 
New Members
Clark County

RPN Welcomes New Members
The Responsible Purchasing Network is expanding!  This past month, the following organizations joined our team:

Carbonfund.org Port of Seattle
Instrumentation Laboratory Pronatura Mexico
LA County Rivanna Natural Designs
Planet Forward State of Maryland
 
Responsible Purchasing in the News
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NIGP Webinar: Writing a Responsible Green Purchasing Policy
Register by Wednesday for the March 24th webinar hosted by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP). The presenters will be Scot Case, TerraChoice Environmental Marketing VP, and Jeffrey Baer, Bureau of Purchases Director for the City of Portland and RPN Steering Committee member.  More More
 
Enterprise
Green Purchasing in the Carolinas
The Carolinas Association of Government Purchasers held their Spring Conference and Vendor Show the first week in March in New Bern, North Carolina. The opening session, "Going Green While Saving Green," put the spotlight on green purchasing, featuring presentations from RPN Director, Chris O'Brien, and others.  More More
 
Timex
Berks County, PA to Pursue No-Cost Greening
The County Commissioners of Berks County, PA are pursuing green procurement initiatives that will allow them to go green without spending green to do it.  More More
 
USGBC
L.A. Streets Will Soon be Illuminated by LEDs
Los Angeles is saving money and cutting emissions by switching 140,000 streetlight fixtures to LED units over the next five years with help from the Clinton Climate Initiative  More More
 
Underwriters Laboratories
EcoLogo Seeks Comments for Revision of Paper Standards
EcoLogo is seeking public comments as it reviews its standards for Printing and Writing Paper (CCD-077) and Uncoated Mechanical Printing Paper (CCD-078). Comments must be received by April 6, 2009.  More More
 
NIGP
Green Companies Do Better During Economic Downturn
A new study by global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney indicates that firms with a "true commitment to sustainability" outperform industry peers in the financial markets.  More More
 
Office Depot
Survey Says Most Employers Manage with the Environment in Mind
More than half of employers currently practice strategic environmental management, according to a new "Greening of HR Survey" conducted by a leading human resource consulting firm.  More More
 
Jobs
Job Title
Organization
Location
Posted On
Internship Fair Trade Resource Network Washington, DC or remote February 17, 2009
Growing Green Jobs: A Transatlantic Dialogue for Young Professionals 2020 Vision Washington, DC February 11, 2009
National Coordinator
Fair Trade Towns   February 11, 2009
Director of Category Management TransFair Oakland/San Francisco, CA February 11, 2009
Responsible Purchasing Fellowship Responsible Purchasing Network Takoma Park, MD May 01, 2008
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
  Power of Purchasing Webinar Series: Part 1RPN logo webinar March 17
  Carahsoft Energy Efficiendy/Green IT Forum Washington, DC March 17
  Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Conference Oakland, CA March 18
  NASPO 2009 Meeting and Green Expo  Chicago, IL March 22 -24
  EcoProcura 2009RPN logo Reykjavik, Iceland March 25-27
  Wisconsin Renewable Energy Summit Milwaukee, WI March 25-28
  Green Festival Seattle Seattle, WA March 28-29
  Power of Purchasing Webinar Series: Part 2 webinar March 31
  ANSI-EPA Sustainable Products Standards WorkshopRPN logo Arlington, VA April 8-9
  New England Eco-Hospitality Expo Nashua, NH April 14
  ASBO-MD & DC 57th Annual Spring ConferenceRPN logo Ocean City, MD May 17-20
  OPPA 2009 Spring Conference and 40th Anniversary Celebration Eagle Crest, Redmond, OR May 27 - 29
  The Green Exposition & Conference - CANCELLED Chicago, IL June 3-4
  Lean and Green Summit Savannah, GA June 8-9
  RPN Webinar: Carbon OffsetsRPN logo webinar TBA
  NIGP 2009 ForumRPN logo St. Louis, MO August 22-26

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