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Responsible Purchasing Update - March/April 2011
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RPN Webinar: Sustainable Purchasing for Higher Education

May 4, 2011
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)

This free Webinar, featuring, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) will show you how to advance "green" purchasing at your college or university. Webinar attendees will learn about helpful resources available for purchasers and will also hear directly from two successful programs.
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RPN Webinar: Compostable Food Service Ware, featuring the Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative

May 12, 2011
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PDT)

This comprehensive Webinar is geared to both experienced "green" purchasers and those just getting started and will cover important aspects of a successful food service ware program from an environmental purchasing perspective, and explain how to conduct product performance testing. It will also provide detailed purchasing specifications, useful resources, and successful case studies.  More Register today

New Member Spotlight:
Tacoma, WA

The City of Tacoma is currently taking great strides towards responsible purchasing and is on its way to becoming America's first “Life Cycle City”. Officials have recently committed, via public resolution No. 38188, to integrate life-cycle accountability into its daily operations and purchasing and educate its employees and the public about life-cycle thinking and leadership.  More More
RPN Program News

Call for Case Studies

Have you recently created a sustainable purchasing policy, saved money on a new product category, or achieved any other notable accomplishments in your responsible purchasing program? RPN wants to hear about them! We are always looking for ways that RPN members can learn from each other we are creating new case studies for the RPN website. Please email RPN any completed case studies or links or call our office at 510.547.5475. Thank you.


Member Feedback Survey

We want to hear from you! We are seeking your feedback to find out if your RPN membership is meeting all of your expectations. Please take 10-15 minutes to answer this brief, 14-question Member Survey. Tell us how we can tailor our resources to better meet your procurement needs and add more value to your RPN membership.

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Register Today for RPN's Upcoming Webinar: National Healthy Schools Day

April 13, 2011, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (PDT)

In "Greenwashing vs. Green Products", Alicia Culver, Director of the Responsible Purchasing Network, will help schools learn how to spot false "green" marketing clams and procure products that have substantiated environmental attributes. 

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Join or Renew Your Membership Online

Click your way to a 1, 2, or 3 year membership in RPN’s new online store, or sign up for the auto-renewal option and receive discounts for locking in your commitment to responsible purchasing, all through the ease and security of PayPal.

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Check Out RPN's New Eco-label Calendar

Eco-labels are a critical tool for green purchasing professionals, but keeping up with updates and changes can be difficult.  RPN’s new eco-label calendar makes it easier by keeping track of changes and linking you directly to new or recently revised standards.

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Look who's joined RPN!
The Responsible Purchasing Network welcomes the following new members:
  • Act, Inc
  • The City of Tacoma, WA
  • Fair World Project
  • Renewable Choice Energy
  • Sustain NW, LLC
RPN Member News

Denison University Installs Water Stations
The university has installed two new bottled water filling stations - with plans for a third on the way!
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For more strategies to reduce bottled water at colleges, please visit RPN's free Responsible Purchasing Guide for Bottled Water Alternatives, University Edition.

RPN’s Steering Committee member Aiden Cohen of the City of Austin recently sat down with KOOP’s Shades of Green Energy radio show to discuss his role with the Ctiy’s Solid Waste Services department. Topics included Austin’s recycling program, an upcoming waste reducing reality TV show, and the Go Green conference-taking place in April. In addition, Aiden touched on his involvement with Responsible Purchasing Network and local Net Impact Chapters.
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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
  Buy Green to $ave MoneyRPN Logo Boston, MA April 6, 2011
  RPN Webinar: National Healthy Schools Day RPN Logo Webinar April 13, 2011 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (PDT)
  The Coming Eco-label Shakeout Webinar April 14, 2011 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)

Green California Summit and ExpositionRPN Logo

Sacramento, CA April 19 -20, 2011
  GreenSTAR 2011 Boston, MA May 3, 2011
  RPN Webinar: Purchasing for Higher Education RPN Logo Webinar May 4, 2011 12:00 - 1:00 PM (PDT)
  RPN Webinar: Compostable Food Service Ware, featuring the Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative RPN Logo Webinar May 12, 2011 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PDT)
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
  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