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RPN: because every purchase matters
April 2009 - In This Issue
 

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Purchasing trendsResponsible Purchasing Trends and Pioneers
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dining guideFood Services
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RPN Program News
RPN Featured at 2009 EcoProcura Conference
Responsible Purchaser of the Year Awards
Welcome Vincent Kitira as New RPN Manager
RPN Member Logo: Wear it Proudly
Coming Soon: Carbon Offsets Purchasing Guide

RPN Member Spotlight: Green Purchasing on Puget Sound
King County Issues Environmental Purchasing Annual Report
Snohomish County Plans to Fuel Cars with Canola

Responsible Purchasing in the News
Green Seal Restaurants and Food Services Standard
L.A. Adopts Landmark Green Building/Green Jobs Ordinance
Louisville to Use Stimulus Funds to Buy Hybrid Buses
Stricter Energy Star Standards for Monitors
Philadelphia Businesses Embrace Green Office Practices
Minnesota County Turns Its Trash into Treasures
AT&T Calls Up Alternative Transportation Vehicles
EPA Recognizes Connecticut’s Green Power Purchases

Jobs
Calendar

RPN Program News
EcoProcura
RPN Featured at 2009 EcoProcura Conference
In Reykjavik last month, over 220 delegates from 41 nations, representing local governments, national governments and other public sector bodies, heard RPN Senior Director Chris O'Brien and others discuss how green purchasing practices help counter climate change.  More More
 
RPN awards
Responsible Purchaser of the Year Awards
RPN is pleased to announce the winners of the first annual Responsible Purchaser of the Year awards: Jeffrey Baer of the City of Portland, Oregon, Yalmaz Siddiqui of Office Depot, Eric Nelson and Karen Hamilton of King County, Washington, and Alicia Culver of the Green Purchasing Institute.  More More
 
Vincent Kitira
Welcome Vincent Kitira as New RPN Manager
Vincent Kitira is our new RPN Manager! He comes to us from New York City’s main purchasing agency, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services’ Division of Municipal Supply Services (DMSS). At RPN, Vincent will oversee research, work with members and partners on purchasing projects, and develop a responsible purchasing handbook synthesizing RPN’s resources into a comprehensive framework for developing, implementing, tracking and reporting on responsible purchasing programs.  More More
 
RPN logo
RPN Member Logo: Wear it Proudly
RPN Members, now you can proudly display your commitment to socially responsible and environmentally sustainable purchasing with the RPN Member Logo. Place it on your website or use it in written materials to show the world you are serious about responsible purchasing.  More More
 
offsets 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 The Responsible Purchasing Guide to Carbon Offsets, 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
 
RPN Member Spotlight: Green Purchasing on Puget Sound
King County
King County Issues Environmental Purchasing Annual Report
Read King County’s 2008 Environmental Purchasing Annual Report to learn how they spent $54 million on environmentally preferable products while saving over $800,000, compared to conventional alternatives.   More  More
 
Snohomish County
Snohomish County Plans to Fuel Cars with Canola
Snohomish County is moving ahead with an ambitious plan to "homebrew" its own fuel by drying, storing, and crushing canola seed to produce biodiesel.   More  More
 
Responsible Purchasing in the News
Green Seal
Green Seal Issues Environmental Standard for Restaurants and Food Services
After just over a year of development, the new Green Seal Environmental Standard for Restaurants and Food Services, GS-46, is complete and available for applications for Green Seal certification.  More More
 
LA Landmark
L.A. Adopts Landmark Green Building/Green Jobs Ordinance
In early April, the L.A. City Council unanimously passed a "Green Building Retrofit Ordinance" that will retrofit city-owned buildings to achieve LEED silver certification, provide green jobs, and revitalize L.A.'s inner city.  More More
 
Louisville
Louisville to Use Stimulus Funds to Buy Hybrid Buses
Louisville's Transit Authority of River City (TARC) plans to use funds from the federal stimulus package to make its bus fleet greener while creating jobs.  More More
 
Energy Star
EPA Announces Stricter Energy Star Standards for Monitors, Electronic Displays
Come October 30th, computer monitors, digital picture frames, and other electronic displays will have to meet stricter standards to qualify for the Energy Star label.  More More
 
Philadelphia
Philadelphia Businesses Embrace Green Office Practices
Thirty-three companies from across the region have signed on as charter members of the Greater Philadelphia Green Business Program, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council that asks businesses to voluntarily commit to green procurement and other green office practices.  More More
 
Minnesota
Minnesota County Turns Its Trash into Treasures
Anoka County, just north of Minneapolis and St. Paul, has opened up an internet surplus goods store to divert unneeded supplies away from landfills and toward willing buyers.  More More
 
ATT
AT&T Calls Up Alternative Transportation Vehicles
AT&T plans to add 15,000 alternative-fuel vehicles to its corporate fleet by 2019. The company intends to invest $565 million toward this goal.  More More
 
Connecticut
EPA Recognizes Connecticut as One of Nation's Top Green Power Purchasers
The State of Connecticut has been named one of only three states making EPA's top 50 list of national Green Power Partners. This year, Connecticut will purchase more than 98 million kilowatt-hours of green power--enough to meet 17 percent of the state's purchased electricity use.  More More
 
Jobs
Job Title
Organization
Location
Posted On
Internship Fair Trade Resource Network Washington, DC or remote February 17
Director of Category Management TransFair Oakland/San Francisco, CA February 11
Responsible Purchasing Fellowship Responsible Purchasing Network Takoma Park, MD May 1
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
  NIGP Webinar: Green Purchasing in Tough Economic Times Webinar April 30
  RPN Webinar: Responsible Purchasing Trends and PioneersRPN logo Webinar May 12
  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
  RPN Webinar: Food ServicesRPN logo Webinar May 27
  The Green Exposition & Conference- CANCELED Chicago, IL June 3 - 4
  Lean and Green Summit Savannah, GA June 8 - 9
  Government Finance Officers Association Annual ConferenceRPN logo Seattle, WA June 28 - July 1
  RPN Webinar: LED Traffic Signals and Exit SignsRPN logo Webinar July 15
  RPN Webinar: Carbon OffsetsRPN logo Webinar August 5
  NIGP 2009 ForumRPN logo St. Louis, MO August 22 - 26

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