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Responsible Purchasing Update - January/February 2011
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RPN Webinar Recording Now Available

New and Prospective Member Orientation and Sustainable Purchasing 101

Whether you have just joined RPN or are still thinking about a membership, please watch our orientation webinar to discover how to make the most of an RPN membership and learn about strategies such as utilizing eco-labels.
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RPN Webinar Recording Now Available

Purchasing for Climate Protection, featuring Carbonfund.org

The presentation slides and recording for this Webinar, which outlines how procurement decisions can meet climate action goals, are now available for RPN members.  More Download Now



SF's Approved List

The City and County of San Francisco has recently unveiled its new "SF Approved List." The list categorizes hundreds of green products that are approved by the City and can be used by individual and institutional purchasers. More More

RPN Program News
RPN Has Expanded!
RPN has teamed up with the staff of the Green Purchasing Institute (GPI) to broadly expand the resources available with your membership. To read the entire announcement, please click here. Also, be sure to update your address books - our emails are now @responsiblepurchasing.org.

Meet Our Growing Team 
We are happy to announce several additions to the RPN team that will be working on cutting-edge green procurement resources for you. Alicia Culver of the Green Purchasing Institute is the incoming RPN Director. She is joined by Ellen Love, who will be RPN's Research Associate and Christina Hug as RPN's Marketing Manager. Phillip Kobernick, the previous RPN Fellow, has continued as the Manager. Meet our new staff here.

RPN Helped Reduce Mercury in Lamps Globally!
The European Commission has decided to reduce the maximum mercury content in a wide variety of lamps based on technical advice from RPN. Alicia Culver, RPN Director, mentioned "The new RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Directive mercury standards promise to transform the lighting industry," and that employees and consumers will face lower health risks if a lamp breaks.
More Read the press release here
More Download RPN's Fact Sheet on Mercury Content Standards for Lamps

RPN Weighs in on Federal Government’s Role in Advancing Sustainable Products
RPN recently made recommendations on how two key federal agencies - the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the General Services Administration (GSA) - can stimulate the production and consumption of sustainable products in the United States.  More More



RPN is Working Coast to Coast
RPN has been working on creating locally focused resources for purchasers. The first, a conference hosted by the Association for Bay Area Governments (ABAG) for governments in the San Francisco Bay Area, discussed the sustainable policies, programs, and practices of local governments, which can be easily applied to other organizations. The presentation slides and videos can be downloaded here.

RPN Director, Alicia Culver, also recently travelled to Washington, DC and the State of Maryland to provide "Sustainable Purchasing 101" trainings. The handouts from these workshops are now available to download:
More Resources for Purchasers in the State of Maryland
More Resources for Purchasers in the District of Columbia



Look who's joined RPN!
The Responsible Purchasing Network welcomes the following new members:
  • The City of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • The City of Rockville, MD - Department of Public Works
  • The City of Saint Paul, MN - Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity
  • Davidson College (Davidson, NC)
  • DePaul University (Chicago, IL)
  • Montgomery College (Rockville, MD)
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • PP91 Enterprises, Inc
  • The University of Pittsburgh
RPN Member News
PA KPMG Hits Carbon Goals, Paper Reduction Targets Early
Originally planning to reduce its carbon footprint by 25 percent in 2010, KPMG, the audit, tax, and consulting firm, exceeded its target by marking a 26 percent reduction by the end of 2009. Moreover, the company has reduced its paper usage by a third, greatly surpassing their earlier goal.  More More
members The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Wins Regional Emmy for EPP Video
The award winning video explores the benefits of an EPP program and provides an overview of green purchasing in an informative and incredibly creative presentation. The video also features RPN Steering Committee member, Scot Case. To view the video online, please click here.

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 events@responsiblepurchasing.org Look for RPN staff at events marked with RPN Logo

  Event Location Date
  2011 How to Market to State Governments MeetingRPN Logo Boston, MA April 3-5, 2011
  Green California Summit and ExpositionRPN Logo Sacramento, CA April 19 -20, 2011
  GreenSTAR 2011 Boston, MA May 3, 2011
Eco-labels Calendar

For a more complete listing of standards that are accepting comments, under development, have been recently revised, or have been proposed, please visit our eco-labels page. We have included RPN's comments, when available. Please email updates or corrections to info@responsiblepurchasing.org.

  Eco-label Standard Name Code Status Date
  EcoLogo Renewable Low-Impact Electricity CCD-003 NEW Nov. 2010
  EcoLogo Print Cartridges CCD-039 Under Review, Accepting Comments Deadline - February 25, 2011
  Green Seal Sanitary Paper Products Revision GS-1 Revised Dec. 15, 2010
Join RPN

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.

About RPN

The Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) helps institutions incorporate environmental, human health, and social justice considerations into their purchasing decisions. RPN promotes responsible purchasing through outreach, trainings and presentations, conference calls, and media and communications efforts. For more information, visit www.responsiblepurchasing.org.

Previous issues of the Responsible Purchasing Update are available in the news archive.

The Responsible Purchasing Network is a Project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE) a non-profit public charity exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. For more information about SEE, please visit http://www.saveourplanet.org