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October 2009 - In This Issue
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Jonathan Cohen
Director’s Corner

This is week three for me as the new Director of Workplace Programs, and I will start by saying thank you for being committed to socially and environmentally responsible purchasing. I invite you to get in touch and share your news and successes so we can communicate the latest highlights in the field.
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Bottled Water
Sign up for October 29 Webinar on Bottled Water Alternatives for Universities
RPN will host a Bottled Water Alternatives for Universities webinar on October 29 to herald a new university edition of the Responsible Purchasing Guide for Bottled Water Alternatives. The webinar will cover policies, standards and specifications, and will feature case studies from educational institutions that have taken the leap and banned bottled water on their campuses.    More More
LED Guide
Use LED Responsible Purchasing Guide to Lighten Your Impact
Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are extremely efficient lighting products that can create energy cost savings for any organization. LEDs have many applications. Learn three ways your organization can take advantage of LEDs with the Responsible Purchasing Guide for LED Exit Signs, Street Lights, and Traffic Signals.   More More
EPP Fair
Join RPN October 27 for Green Electronics Workshop at Massachusetts EPP Fair
RPN staff will be hosting a Green Electronics Workshop at the Massachusetts EPP Fair in Worcester, MA on October 27. The workshop will cover best practices, standards, and useful reporting tools such as calculators. Sarah O’Brien, EPEAT Outreach Director, will also be presenting at the workshop on EPEAT’s international roll-out and the standards development processes for EPEAT criteria.   More More
Climate Ride
Follow RPN Manager Vincent Kitira as He Blogs from Climate Ride 2009
RPN Manager Vincent Kitira will be blogging from the road as he saddles up for a 300 mile bike ride from New York City to Washington DC to spread awareness of Climate Change and Renewable Energy in Climate Ride 2009. The ride takes place on September 26-30. You can follow along on his journey at: www.newdream.org/blog.
Connect with RPN on LinkedIn
Communicate with fellow RPN members on RPN’s LinkedIn page. 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. 
Look who’s joined RPN!
The Responsible Purchasing Network welcomes the following new members:

Clean Air Partnership

Finger Lakes Environmentally Preferable Procurement Consortium:  City of Ithaca, Cornell University, Ithaca College, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Tompkins County, Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, and Tompkins Seneca Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services


World Wildlife Fund, Inc.

RPN Member News
Yale University Hits Trifecta of Green School Recognition
RPN member, Yale University, was recently recognized for its sustainability efforts by Princeton Review's Green Honor Roll, TreeHugger's greenest colleges, and Sierra Club's top 20 "Cool Schools."   More More
Nation's First Car-Sharing Service Continues to Grow in Portland
The City of Portland pursues a low-car diet for the general public through initiatives to expand Zipcar service.    More More
USGBC Launches Building Performance Initiative
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is launching a new initiative to provide feedback to owners of LEED Certified buildings and help them address performance gaps that stem from predicted building performance versus actual performance.  More More
Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa Promotes Rainwater Harvesting
The City of Santa Rosa urges residents to conserve water through a new rainwater harvesting program aimed at helping offset the cost of rainwater storage equipment for home and business owners.  More More
Green Seal
ANSI Recognizes Green Seal Standard for Green Restaurants
The Green Seal Environmental Standard for Restaurants and Food Services was approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as the first nationally recognized green restaurant standard.  More More

In other news…

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
  NASPO Annual MeetingRPN logo Lake Tahoe, NV September 21-24
  Green California Community College Summit Pasadena, CA October 5 - 7
  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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