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RPN: because every purchase matters
September 2009 - In This Issue
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LED Webinar THIS WEDNESDAY

WebinarSign up now to attend the August 19th RPN Webinar for LED Exit Signs, Street Lights, and Traffic Signals.  Learn about three ways your organization can cut energy use and save money with super efficient LEDs. More More

RPN Program News
Hear RPN at EPA Sustainable Products Webinar
Register Now: RPN Cooperative Contracts Webinar
Be a Cool Customer with RPN Carbon Offsets Purchasing Guide  
Serve Green To Go with RPN Food Containers Purchasing Guide  
Connect with fellow RPN members on Facebook and LinkedIn
 
RPN Member Spotlight: Washington University
Washington University in the LEED
 
New Members
RPN Welcomes New Members
 
Responsible Purchasing in the News
AT&T Goes LED
School Districts Turn to Cooperative Contracts to Ease Budget Strains
EPEAT Electronics Registry Now Available Internationally
State and Local Governments Helping Area Manufacturers Go Green
FedEx Expands Hybrid Delivery Fleet
Walmart Announces Plans to Create Sustainability Index
 
Jobs
Calendar


 

RPN Program News
EPA Webinar
Hear RPN at EPA Sustainable Products Webinar
Join RPN Manager Vincent Kitira and RPN Steering Committee Member, Scot Case, on Thursday, August 20th as they give presentations during an EPA-hosted webinar to discuss strategies for separating green products from green washing.    More More
 
Contracts Webinar
Register Now: RPN Cooperative Contracts Webinar
Join RPN for a September 17th webinar on how to use cooperative contracts to increase your organization's ability to obtain environmentally preferable products at lower costs.  More More
 
Offsets Guide
Be a Cool Customer with RPN 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, helps institutional buyers be aware, avoid hot air, and get the most abatement for their bucks.   More More
 
Food Containers Guide
Serve Green To Go with RPN Food Containers Purchasing Guide
The 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 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
 
Networking
Connect with fellow RPN members on Facebook and LinkedIn
Communicate with fellow RPN members on RPN’s Facebook and LinkedIn pages. Get the latest news, asks questions of the community, and let others know what you are doing to promote and practice socially responsible and environmentally sustainable purchasing.   
 
RPN Member Spotlight: Washington University
Washington U
Washington University in the LEED
RPN Member Washington University continues to make green building news with the announcement that its Village East student apartment building has received a LEED Silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.    More  More
 
Look who’s joined RPN!
members
The Responsible Purchasing Network welcomes the following new members:

The College of New Jersey
City of Sugar Land
City of Bloomington
Housing Authority of Jackson County
Kokua Hawaii Foundation
American University
National Association of Educational Procurement

 
Responsible Purchasing in the News
ATT
AT&T Goes LED
AT&T is converting the signs on 6,500 of its stores to an LED lighting system from General Electric. The effort with reduce energy usage by nearly 6 million kilowatt hours and cut 3,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.  More More
 
Schools
School Districts Turn to Cooperative Contracts to Ease Budget Strains
Facing tight budgets, procurement officials from school districts across the nation are turning to cooperative contracts to achieve economies of scale and reduce duplication of efforts.   More More
 
EPEAT
EPEAT Electronics Registry Now Available Internationally
The Green Electronics Council's Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) has been localized to reflect the products available in specified countries.   More More
 
Governments
State and Local Governments Helping Area Manufacturers Go Green
Wisconsin and San Antonio are each launching initiatives to push area manufacturers toward innovation and adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency.   More More
 
FedEx
FedEx Expands Hybrid Delivery Fleet
FedEx is delivering lower emissions with the addition of 92 retrofitted hybrid-electric delivery trucks to its California fleet--the first standard FedEx delivery trucks converted to hybrid.   More More
 
WalMart
Walmart Announces Plans to Create Sustainability Index
The world’s biggest retailer has shared plans to develop a worldwide sustainable product index that will lead to higher quality, lower costs and measure the sustainability of products.   More More
 
Jobs
Job Title
Organization
Location
Posted On
Director of Category Management TransFair Oakland/San Francisco, CA June 10
RPN Intern Responsible Purchasing Network Takoma Park, MD August 10
Environmental Scientist Green Seal Washington, DC August 13
Environmental Scientist/Engineer Green Seal Washington, DC August 13
Outreach Associate Green Seal Washington, DC August 17
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: LED Products Purchasing Guide LaunchRPN logo Webinar August 19
  Sustainable Products Outlook: Green Products or Green Washing?RPN logo Webinar August 20
  NIGP 2009 Forum St. Louis, MO August 22 - 26
  RPN Webinar: Cooperative ContractsRPN logo Webinar September 17
  Greening of the Campus VIII: Embracing Change Indianapolis, IN September 20 - 23
  NASPO Annual MeetingRPN logo Lake Tahoe, NV September 21-24
  The 3rd International Conference on Green PurchasingRPN logo Suwon, South Korea October 21 - 23
  Massachusetts EPP Vendor Fair and ConferenceRPN logo Worcester, MA October 27

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