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RPN: because every purchase matters
July 2009 - In This Issue
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Free Carbon Offsets Webinar

WebinarRegister today to attend the free July 29th Carbon Offsets Webinar and learn how you can integrate carbon offsets into a robust climate action plan. The webinar will help your organization evaluate offset options, recognize standards, get up to speed on cap and trade initiatives, and more.

RPN Program News
Job Announcement: Workplace Programs Director
Be a Cool Customer with New Carbon Offsets Purchasing Guide
Coming Soon: LED Lighting Webinar and Purchasing Guide
Download Today: Serve Up Sustainable Dining with RPN Food Services Guide
Coming Soon: RPN Food Containers Purchasing Guide

RPN Member Spotlight: Seattle
Seattle to Use Stimulus to Switch on Energy-Efficient LEDs

New Members
RPN Welcomes New Members

Responsible Purchasing in the News
Plano, Texas Chooses Less Polluting Road Surface
NACO Grant Competition Fosters Greener Living
New Energy Star Specifications for Computers and Imaging Equipment
EcoLogo to Develop Standards for Safer Pool and Spa Chemicals
Pew Launches Climate TechBook

Jobs
Calendar

RPN Program News
Job Announcement
Job Announcement: Workplace Programs Director
The Center for a New American Dream seeks a Workplace Programs Director to manage the organizationís efforts to increase, improve, and accelerate institutional procurement of environmentally sustainable products and services, as well as develop and educate formal and informal networks of workplace activists. The main program within this area is the Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN), which helps institutional purchasers incorporate social and environmental considerations into procurement.  †More More
 
Carbon Offsets Guide
Be a Cool Customer with New Carbon Offsets Purchasing Guide
Carbon offsets can be an important part of an institutional climate action plan. The new Responsible Purchasing Guide for Carbon Offsets, produced by RPN and Carbonfund.org, will help institutional buyers be aware, avoid hot air, and get the most abatement for their bucks. Attend the July 29 webinar launching the guide, then download the guide from the RPN website.   More More
 
LED Webinar
Coming Soon: LED Lighting Webinar and Purchasing Guide
Cities around the globe are switching to LED lighting to save time, money, and energy. RPNís upcoming August 19th webinar and Responsible Purchasing Guide for Exit Signs, Street Lights, and Traffic Signals will shed light on how you can, too.    More More
 
Food Services Guide
Download Today: Serve Up Sustainable Dining with RPN Food Services Guide
The 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
 
Food Containers
Coming Soon: RPN Food Containers Purchasing Guide
The brand new Responsible Purchasing Guide for Food Containers was prepared for the County of Los Angeles as a customized companion to the Responsible Purchasing Guide for Food Services. This guide—which is available to all—outlines the basic social and environmental issues and costs related to polystyrene food container use, provides model policies and bid specs related to food containers, and addresses practical issues in waste management related to food containers.    More More
 
RPN Member Spotlight: Seattle
Washington U
SeattleRPN logo to Use Stimulus to Switch on Energy-Efficient LEDs
Seattle is one of several U.S. cities planning to use federal stimulus funds to retrofit street lights with energy- and cost-efficient LEDs.   More  More
 
Look whoís joined RPN!
members
The Responsible Purchasing Network welcomes the following new members:

Alameda County Office of Education
City of Charlotte, NC
Halifax Regional Municipality
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection
Naked Binder
Purdue University
Three Rivers Park District
University of California - Santa Cruz
UNUM Group

 
Responsible Purchasing in the News
Texas
Plano, TexasRPN logo Chooses Less Polluting Road Surface
Plano, Texas recently elected to use a low-polluting dry kiln cement over a cheaper alternative for a $4.9 million road-widening project.  More More
 
NACO
NACO Grant Competition Fosters Greener Living
The National Association of Counties (NACO) is sponsoring two national competitions for members to win grants to help them promote greener living among their staff and in their communities.   More More
 
EnergyStar
New Energy Star Specifications for Computers and Imaging Equipment
Energy Star Version 5.0 Specification for Computers and Imaging Equipment went into effect July 1st. Manufacturers must comply with these new regulations in order to receive Energy Star certification.  More More
 
EcoLogo
EcoLogo to Develop Standards for Safer Pool and Spa Chemicals
The environmental standard and certification program, EcoLogo, recently announced the initiation of its first ever standard for pool and spa chemicals.   More More
 
Pew
Pew Launches Climate TechBook
A new online resource from the Pew Center provides information on technologies to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions across five key sectors: electricity, transportation, industrial, residential and commercial, and agriculture.   More More
 
Jobs
Job Title
Organization
Location
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Director of Category Management TransFair Oakland/San Francisco, CA June 10
Workplace Director
Center for a New American Dream Takoma Park, MD June 25
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
  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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