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

Director’s Corner

When Green is Gold

During the past few weeks, people around the world were filled with national pride and were captivated by the phenomenal feats of the best athletes we have.  Marking another proud achievement, the promotion of the Olympic Games as the greenest ever demonstrates just how far the sustainability field has progressed.
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RPN Has Funding to Work with a Limited Number of Maryland Purchasers —Contact Us if Interested
RPN has received grant funding to engage Maryland institutions concerning their green purchasing needs. Institutions on the Eastern Shore will be given particular consideration. RPN can assist in developing responsible purchasing strategies and policies, tracking spending, implementing best practices, incorporating environmental and social considerations into RFPs, and more. If you are a purchaser in Maryland, please contact Jonathan Cohen at jonathan@newdream.org or 301-891-3683 for more information on how to take advantage of this opportunity.  

Sign Up for the RPN “Tracking and Reporting Responsible Purchasing” Webinar on March 11  
Participate in the March 11 webinar to learn about the latest RPN resource, a Model Annual Responsible Purchasing Report. The webinar will feature RPN Staff and speakers who have led the way in reporting.  Every responsible purchasing program should publish an annual report concerning its efforts. Annual reports ensure that your program receives the recognition it deserves, and can be used to demonstrate its value to stakeholders.  Register today to learn more about how your organization can better communicate its environmental and social spending efforts.
RPN Joins Dot Eco (.eco) Domain Stakeholder Council
RPN will contribute to the formation of .eco’s new top level green domain principles and policies by serving on its stakeholder council.  Dot Eco is working to create an internationally accepted domain (i.e. www.yournamehere.eco) reserved for organizations that operate in an eco-friendly manner. The Stakeholder Council will guide .eco’s policies for name allocation, disclosures, quality assurance, and philanthropy, which has tremendous potential to be an incredibly useful tool for users to identify green institutions.     
RPN New and Prospective Member Orientation Webinar SlidesNow Available
The presentation slides from RPN’s January 21 New and Prospective Member Orientation are now available for download.  Thank you to everyone who participated and don’t forget, by attending an RPN webinar, you get $50 off of your new RPN membership.       

RPN Annual Member Survey Coming Soon
Stay tuned for RPN’s annual membership survey, which will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.  One of the benefits of being a member of the Responsible Purchasing Network is access to our annual Responsible Purchasing Trends Report. To produce the report, we rely on information provided by youour membersabout your environmental and social purchasing successes and challenges.  Your participation is vital for us to assess the state of responsible purchasing, so please be sure to participate in the survey when it arrives.

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

City of Calgary, Supply Management
Lawrence University
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Orange County, CA
Rhode Island School of Design
Toronto City Summit
USDA Forest Service


RPN Member News
EPEAT Criteria for Electronics Now Featured on Amazon.com
Amazon.com announced January 20 that customers now have access to information on computers’ EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) ratings, a tiered certification to allow for easy identification of responsibly made electronics. Users can search through EPEAT’s three tiers of Gold, Silver, and Bronze when browsing the over 800 listed environmentally preferable IT products. Look for it under the “Green” tab on the left-hand toolbar.  More More
City of Austin Preps for $7.5M Green Building Stimulus Funds
The City of Austin has obtained $7.5 million in stimulus funding to increase energy efficiency in municipal buildings and save over 5 million kilowatt-hours annually.   More More
Governor Strickland Announces Ohio Industry Energy Efficiency Awards
The state of Ohio has awarded $11.8 million to 18 private projects as part of its Recovery Act's State Energy Program. Recipients aim to uphold state goals by saving energy, reducing emissions, and creating jobs.  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: Tracking and Reporting Responsible PurchasingRPN logo Webinar March 11, 2010

  Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), Recycling Committee RPN logo Washington, DC March 18, 2010
  EPA Resource Conservation Challenge WorkshopRPN logo Crystal City, VA March 23-25, 2010


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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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