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RPN: because every purchase matters
January 2010 - In This Issue
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Jonathan Cohen

Director’s Corner

Looking Back at 2009

The end of 2009 fittingly will close with RPN becoming one of the inaugural certified green businesses recognized by Montgomery County, Maryland, where we are based, and being invited to take part in the launch press conference.
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Center for a New American Dream and RPN Receive Green Business Certification
Montgomery County, Maryland awarded the Center for a New American Dream their new Green Business Certification. A press conference held December 16 showcased the inaugural group of 11 organizations operating in Montgomery County that were successfully audited against 244 environmental criteria in areas such as environmentally responsible purchasing, waste reduction and recycling, pollution prevention, energy efficiency and renewable energy, water use, and transportation. RPN is a program of the Center for a New American Dream, and it participated as a pilot tester in the Green Business Certification’s program, providing input on certification criteria. The Certification program is open to all Montgomery County businesses and non-profit organizations, and stands as one of a handful of such programs in the country.   
Join RPN for a New and Prospective Member Orientation, Thursday, January 21, 2010 from 2:00 – 2:45 PM (EST).  
If you are a new or prospective RPN member, or one that could use a refresher course on all of the benefits and resources membership provides, attend our New Member Orientation.  We will address benefits such as free affiliate membership for all employees of members and discounted consulting services, in addition to RPN publications such as our multiple purchasing guides. It will also be a great opportunity to meet the RPN team and ask any questions you might have. For prospective members, enjoy $50 off of your annual membership dues by attending this webinar (not applicable to student memberships). Register today.
Download RPN’s Webinar on Office Electronics and Computers
Download presentation slides from the November 19 webinar on Green Office Electronics and Computers from the lower left hand column on the Office Electronics Overview page here. The full webinar recording with audio and video is available to RPN members here (login required). The updated print version of the Office Electronics Guide is available for RPN members to download here and the updated print version of the Computers Guide is available for RPN members to download here.   
New and Improved Paper Standards Chart  
RPN’s latest publication, a Paper Standards Comparison Chart, has been revised based on member feedback to include more background information on different paper certifications. This revision will make the acquisition of environmentally preferable paper easier by providing a clearer picture of the eco-labels that certify them. We appreciate the comments received by RPN members and stakeholders and have responded to them. While the issues involved with product standards necessarily entail differing points of view we strive to present accurate information that allows the reader to make informed decisions. To access the new and improved Paper Standards Comparison Chart click here.

View our Updated Water Filter Product Database
Is your organization thinking outside the bottle? RPN has updated the product databases for Responsible Purchasing Guides to Bottled Water Alternatives as well as the University Edition for NSF certified water filters to better help you choose the best alternative to bottled water. The RPN product database now contains over 1,500 filters that meet NSF standards 42, 58, and 177, and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standard B483.1, which can be organized by several different filter types. For more information on bottled water alternatives, please view the Responsible Purchasing Guide to Bottled Water Alternatives and the University Edition


Happy Holidays!
On behalf of RPN, my colleagues Vincent Kitira, RPN Manager, and Phillip Kobernick, RPN Fellow, as well as the RPN Steering Committee of purchasing experts, we want to wish you, your colleagues, and your families a wonderful holiday season. As we contemplate the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, we are honored to work with you and your institutions to promote socially and environmentally responsible purchasing that reduces emissions and energy use, while at the same time saving money and resources. We look forward to continue working together in 2010 to identify best practices, develop effective purchasing tools, educate the market, and utilize our collective purchasing power.

Because every purchase matters,

Look who’s joined RPN!
The Responsible Purchasing Network welcomes the following new members:

Cameron-Cole, LLC
Kies Strategies
The City of Manhattan Beach, California
The University of Northern Colorado


RPN Member News
ICLEI Launches New Carbonn Climate Center with UNEP
ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) and UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) have joined together to create the Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting-- carbonn. The new program will help municipalities report and compare their greenhouse gas emissions.   More More
King County, Washington Announces New Green Holidays Program
RPN Steering Committee member King County, Washington has expanded their Green Holidays campaign, aimed at reducing waste during the holiday season. The County provides resources to its constituents on recycling, energy conservation, and other ways to reduce trash.   More More
Maryland Invests in Clean Energy
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

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
  RPN Webinar: New and Prospective Member OrientationRPN logo Webinar January 21, 2010


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