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RPN: because every purchase matters
December 2009 - In This Issue
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Jonathan Cohen

Director’s Corner

Saving Green—Money and Resources—Through Purchasing

In today’s economic climate, all organizations need to improve their bottom line, and RPN is working to provide information that will help you reduce purchasing costs and increase your savings.  RPN is conducting a survey that will be the basis for our upcoming “Saving Green” Purchasing Guide, which will focus on how purchasers can save money and resources, and we invite you to contribute to its success by filling out the questionnaire when it arrives in your e-mail box.
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Bottled Water
Sign up for the Office Electronics and Computers Webinar November 19
Learn about new developments in the world of greener office electronics and computers by joining the Responsible Purchasing Network’s (RPN) webinar: "Green Your Office Electronics and Computers."  This webinar accompanies the release of updates to two Responsible Purchasing Guides, Office Electronics and Computers.
Take the Saving Green Survey—Save Money and Resources
RPN invites its members to participate in a short survey that will form the basis of RPN’s upcoming publication, “The Responsible Purchasing Guide to Saving Green,” which will focus on how you and your institution can procure socially and environmentally responsible products that yield financial and resource cost savings. Your responses will be invaluable in the creation of a guide that will help purchasers save green by going green. Please watch for the survey in your e-mail inbox.
Paper Standards Comparison Chart
A bewildering array of different eco-labels and standards exist for paper and it is not always clear what differentiates one from another. To make it easier for organizations to purchase environmentally preferable paper, RPN created a Paper Standards Comparison Chart, which outlines the differences between common eco-labels and their multiple standards. The chart also describes ambiguous claims that purchasers should be mindful of and defines several important terms associated with paper production and recycling.   More More
RPN Membership Drive Now Until December 1, 2009!
RPN is growing–take advantage of a special discount of $50 off of dues for new members from now until December 1, 2009 (not applicable to student memberships). Keep an eye on your mailbox for a letter from RPN on the benefits of joining the leading network for responsible purchasing.   
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:
  State of Colorado (through a bulk, discounted membership)
    Adams State College   Military and Veterans Affairs
    Arapahoe Community College   Colorado Northwestern Community College
    Auraria Higher Education Center   Office of Economic Development
    Charter School Institute   Public Health and Environment
    Colorado Community College System   State Patrol
    Corrections   Colorado State University at Pueblo
    Governor's Office of Homeland Security   Community College of Aurora
    Natural Resources   Front Range Community College
    Revenue   Lamar Community College
    Transportation   Morgan Community College
    Agriculture   Northeastern Junior College
    Education   Otero Junior College
    Governor’s Energy Office   Personnel & Administration
    Governor's Office of Information Technology   Pikes Peak Community College
    Health Care Policy and Financing   Public Safety
    Historical Society   Pueblo Community College
    Human Services   Red Rocks Community College
    Labor and Employment   Trinidad State Junior College
    Law   Regulatory Agencies
    Local Affairs    
  Santa Clara Valley Water District, California
  Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
  Williamson County, Texas
RPN Member News
New Green Procurement Policies Mean Big Changes for Contractors
Jonathan Cohen, Director of Workplace Programs, which includes RPN, discussed the implications of Arlington and Fairfax County’s decision to procure more environmentally preferable products in a Washington Business Journal article.   More More
Maryland Launches Green Travel Program
“Maryland Green Travel,” a new state initiative, will promote environmental best practices throughout the local tourism industry and promote Maryland as a green destination for eco-tourists  More More
Green Seal Announces New Company 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
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Releases 2009 Green Jobs Report
USGBC predicts that the green building industry will create or support 7.9 million jobs and contribute $554 billion to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) over the next four years by constructing new environmentally preferable buildings or renovating existing ones to reduce carbon emissions.  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
  Webinar: Office Electronics and Computers Purchasing Guide UpdatesRPN logo Webinar November 19, 2pm
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The Responsible Purchasing Network offers a wealth of benefits for both your organization and the planet.  Members get unlimited access to our Responsible Purchasing Guides, a host of online tools and resources, and more.   Join RPN today and help your organization use its purchasing power to promote environmental stewardship, protect human health, and support local and global sustainability.

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