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June 2009 - In This Issue
 

Responsible Purchasing Trends 2009

Purchasing trendsResponsible Purchasing Trends and Pioneers
RPN members are adopting green policies and implementing green purchasing programs at an impressive rate. The new edition of our annual Trends report shows how they are conserving resources, mitigating pollution and waste, and promoting a green economy. It's all in the Responsible Purchasing Trends 2009 report, available online as a free download.    

RPN Program News
Serve Up Sustainable Dining with RPN Food Services Guide
New Calculators Quantify Benefits of Pollution Prevention
Download RPN's "Buying Green on Cooperative Contracts" Factsheet
Chris O'Brien Named Voting Director of ASTM Sustainability Committee

RPN Member Spotlight: Sustainable Practices at RPN Member Schools
Washington U. Unveils One of America's Greenest Buildings
Oberlin Campus Lawns Get Greener with Veggie Oil Mower

New Members
RPN Welcomes New Members

Responsible Purchasing in the News
Minnesota Paint Manufacturer Keeping Landfills Unpainted
Cities Cutting Costs and Lowering Emissions With LED Lighting
Green Seal Certification for Restaurants and Foodservice Establishments
EPA Announces Energy Star Label for Computer Servers
New York Bidding to Become Sunshine State
Cities Use Hybrid Police Vehicles to Keep Both Streets and Skies Safe
Washington State Adopts Greener Paper Practices

Jobs
Calendar

RPN Program News
dining guide
Serve Up Sustainable Dining with RPN Food Services Guide
The brand new Responsible Purchasing Guide for Food Services offers a cornucopia of strategies and resources for establishing an institutional green dining program, reducing waste, sourcing local and sustainable food, and much more.  More More
 
green power
New Calculators Quantify Benefits of Pollution Prevention
The Responsible Purchasing Guide for Green Power now features two new calculators developed by EPA's Pollution Prevention (P2) Program to quantify emissions reductions and financial savings from implementing P2 activities.   More More
 
factsheet
Download RPN's "Buying Green on Cooperative Contracts" Factsheet
Responsible purchasing through cooperative contracts helps leverage collective purchasing power to obtain competitive pricing and better service, reduce contract costs, and shift the marketplace toward greener products. Explore your options with this handy factsheet.  More More
 
ASTM
Chris O'Brien Named Voting Director of ASTM Sustainability Committee
In June, RPN Senior Director Chris O'Brien was appointed as a voting director on ASTM International's new sustainability committee, established to make sustainable development a reality throughout the marketplace.   More More
 
RPN Member Spotlight: Sustainable Practices at RPN Member Schools
Washington U
Washington U. Unveils One of America's Greenest Buildings
At the end of May, Washington University in St. Louis officially opened its new Living Learning Center, a building on the cutting edge of sustainable design.   More  More
 
Oberlin
Oberlin Campus Lawns Get Greener with Veggie Oil Mower
By converting its lawn tractor from diesel fuel to waste vegetable oil sourced from campus dining halls, the sustainability-minded Ohio college is not just cutting the grass. Its cutting emissions and fuel costs as well.    More  More
 
Look whos joined RPN!
members
The Responsible Purchasing Network welcomes the following new members:

Kelleher Environmental
Sustainable Advantage
Queensland Government Chief Procurement Office, Australia.

 
Responsible Purchasing in the News
paint
Minnesota Paint Manufacturer Keeping Landfills Unpainted
A Minnesota-based company is taking paint recycling to the next level, turning the contents of half-empty paint cans into high-quality new paint that is Green Seal certified.  More More
 
lighting
Cities Cutting Costs and Lowering Emissions With LED Lighting
The future of Light Emitting Diodes (LED) lighting is, well, bright. The declining cost and dramatically superior energy efficiency of LED lighting is bringing it out of the shadows and into mainstream use.  More More
 
GreenSeal
Green Seal Certification Now Available for Restaurants and Foodservice Establishments
Green Seal has released GS-46, Environmental Standard for Restaurants and Foodservices, a new life-cycle based certification standard covering food, energy and water use, and waste.
 More More
 
Energy Star
EPA Announces Energy Star Label for Computer Servers
For the first time, EPA has announced Energy Star requirements for computer servers that will protect the environment and result in significant energy savings.  More More
 
New York
New York Bidding to Become Sunshine State
Two new solar projects--for a combined 150 MW potential--are poised to give New York State's power grid a sunnier disposition.  More More
 
hybrid
Cities Use Hybrid Police Vehicles to Keep Both Streets and Skies Safe
New York City, Indianapolis and London are among cities adding hybrid vehicles to their police fleets.  More More
 
paper
Washington State Adopts Greener Paper Practices
A law signed into effect in early May mandates reduced paper use, full recycling, and 100% recycled content paper for Washington state agencies and college campuses.  More More
 
Jobs
Job Title
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Director of Category Management TransFair Oakland/San Francisco, CA June 10
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
  Building Green Value Boston, MA June 23
  Government Finance Officers Association Annual ConferenceRPN logo Seattle, WA June 28 - July 1
  RPN Webinar: Carbon OffsetsRPN logo Webinar August 5
  RPN Webinar: LED Products Purchasing Guide LaunchRPN logo Webinar August 19
  NIGP 2009 ForumRPN logo St. Louis, MO August 22 - 26
  NASPO Annual MeetingRPN logo Lake Tahoe, NV September 21-24
  Massachusetts EPP Vendor Fair and Conference Worcester, MA October 27

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