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RPN: because every purchase matters
November 2009 - In This Issue
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Director’s Corner

Sign of the Times - Executive Order Promotes Federal Green Purchasing

We could be forgiven for thinking the following text was extracted from an RPN rather than a White House press release: "[I]ncrease energy efficiency; reduce fleet petroleum consumption; conserve water; reduce waste; support sustainable communities; and leverage... purchasing power to promote environmentally-responsible products and technologies." 
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Bottled Water
Sign up for Oct. 29 Webinar on Bottled Water Alternatives, University Edition
RPN will host a webinar on October 29 to herald a new university edition of the Responsible Purchasing Guide for Bottled Water Alternatives. The webinar will cover the environmental costs of bottled water, a detailed analysis of alternatives, and will feature guest speakers from two major universities that have “expelled” bottled water from their campuses.   More More
EPP fair
Join RPN Oct. 27 for Green Electronics Workshop at Massachusetts EPP Fair
RPN staff will be hosting a Green Electronics Workshop at the Annual EPP (Environmentally Preferable Purchasing) Vendor Fair and Conference in Worcester, MA on October 27. The workshop will cover best practices, standards, and useful reporting tools. The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Outreach Director, Sarah O’Brien, will also be presenting at the workshop on EPEAT’s international roll-out and standards development processes.   More More
RPN Provides Guidance to AASHE's New Online Forum
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) launched an online discussion forum for colleges and universities to exchange experiences and ask sustainability questions. RPN has been invited to serve as a “forum supporter” and provide guidance to institutions that wish to purchase more responsibly.  More More
Buying Environmentally Preferable Paper: Is it Worth the Investment?
Read RPN Fellow Phillip Kobernick's article in Corporate United Quarterly on how your business can buy greener paper and still lower costs.   More More
Join RPN and Save! Special Membership Rate Now Until Dec. 1
Join RPN and save money and resources by practicing responsible purchasing. New members will receive $50 off dues until December 1 (not applicable to student memberships). Keep an eye on your mailbox for a membership packet from RPN that details the benefits of joining the leading network of professionals dedicated to socially and environmentally responsible purchasing.
Look who’s joined RPN!
The Responsible Purchasing Network welcomes the following new members:

AEG World Wide
CannedWater4Kids Inc.
Dekalb County, GA
TCO Development

RPN Member News
Survey Shows U.S. Procurement Officials Committed to Green Purchasing
According to the annual “EcoMarket” survey by TerraChoice, institutional purchasers in the United States continue to buy green despite the economic downturn.   More More
NERC's Fall Conference on Capturing the Energy of Recycling
The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) will hold its fall conference October 27-28. This year's theme is the union between recycling and energy conservation.   More More
NEC Projectors Receive TCO Certification
NEC Display Solutions is the world's first manufacturer to receive a TCO certificate for projectors. TCO Certified is a new RPN Member working to certify IT and office equipment products for usability and environmental stewardship.  More More
California Initiates Nation's First Carbon Fee on Polluting Industries
The State of California has approved the nation’s first carbon fee on polluting industries, as well as the country’s most aggressive energy plan and new, more stringent controls of chemically-created consumer products such as air fresheners, paint thinners and multi-purpose solvents.  More More
Office Depot
Office Depot Helping Customers Distinguish "Shades of Green"
RPN member Office Depot is using a new "Shades of Green" labeling program to improve transparency and help institutional purchasers gauge the greenness of their purchases.  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
  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
  Capture the Energy of Recycling Northampton, MA October 27 - 28
  RPN Webinar: Bottled Water Alternatives, University EditionRPN logo Webinar October 29


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