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Recording Now Available for RPN's Webinar: Green Hardware Supplies
Learn how "green" hardware supplies can yield environmental, health, and economic benefits to your operations. More More
Alameda County Adds Sustainable Bid Info to Their Website
Alameda County, California, is joining other leading local governments in promoting green purchasing by making green bid information available on their website. Alameda County likes to think of this as open source sustainability, where local governments make their resources available publicly so other agencies can learn from and build on them. More More
Oregon EPP Executive Order Focuses on Green Chemistry
In April, Governor Kitzhaber signed EO 12-05, Fostering Environmentally Friendly Purchasing and Product Design. The order requires state agencies to begin a pilot program for purchasing less toxic cleaning products by the end of the year. It also requires state agencies to develop a plan for revising purchasing guidelines to reduce toxics in other product categories by July 1, 2013. More More
e-Stewards Certification Will Now Include R2 Practices
The Basel Action Network (BAN), the owner of the e-Stewards Certification for electronics recyclers, announced today that it has included the R2 (Responsible Recycling) Practices, developed earlier by an Environmental Protection Agency sponsored multi-stakeholder process, into the more comprehensive e-Stewards Standard. More More
Green purchasing toolkit helps counties save dollars, environment
It’s called the County Green Purchasing Toolkit, an interactive Web-based resource that shares innovative county best practices with other local governments nationwide to help them save money while buying more environmentally preferable products. More More
Recording and Slides Now Available for RPN's Webinar: Green Purchasing for Existing Buildings
During this webinar, RPN reviewed green alternatives for commonly used building maintenance products such as paint, janitorial supplies, and lighting fixtures and lamps and focused on how greener choices within these product categories can help increase energy efficiency, reduce waste, improve indoor air quality, and in many cases, produce cost savings! More More
RPN Webinar with UL Environment Now Available to Watch Online
Let the Responsible Purchasing Network help you stay on top of the latest developments with Underwriters Laboratories Environment (ULE). More More
Compostable Food Service Ware Webinar Recordings Now Avilable for RPN Members
This comprehensive Webinar is geared to both experienced "green" purchasers and those just getting started and covered important aspects of a successful food service ware program from an environmental purchasing perspective. More More
Recording Now Available for RPN's Webinar: Sustainable Purchasing for Higher Education
Please join the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and the Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) for a free Webinar on how to promote "green" purchasing at your college or university. More More
EPA Demands Full Ingredients on Designed for the Environment Products
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will require all products using its Designed for the Environment labeling program to disclose their full ingredients to consumers. More More
UL Environment Expands Portfolio with Addition of GREENGUARD Certification Programs
UL Environment acquires indoor air quality market leaders Air Quality Sciences and its certifying body GREENGUARD Environmental Institute More More
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
Recording from Orientation and Sustainable Purchasing 101 Webinar Now Available
The New and Prospective Member Orientation and Sustainable Purchasing 101 webinar covered RPN's membership resources and important first steps for your green purchasing program that shouldn't be missed. More More
Purchasing for Climate Protection Webinar, featuring Now Available
RPN Members now have access to the webinar slides and recording, which featured useful strategies on how to cut greenhouse gas emissions through purchasing. More More
ABAG Buying Green ... Buying Smart II Recordings Now Available
The conference, hosted on Oct. 20 in Oakland, CA, featured several guest speakers to discuss their EPP policies and programs and a product prioritization exercise. More More
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Creates 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. More More
FTC Proposed Crackdown on "Greenwashing"
Under a set of environmental marketing guidelines that were proposed by the Federal Trade Commission today, businesses would soon have to tread more carefully when calling their products "green" or "eco-friendly." More More
RPN is Expanding!
To better serve you, RPN is teaming up with the staff of the Green Purchasing Institute (GPI), another organization that has been providing technical support directly to states, local governments, school districts and other nonprofit organizations on a wide array of sustainable purchasing initiatives since 2004. More More
Member Spotlight: City of San Francisco Releases SF Approved Green Products List
The SF Approved List is a compilation of products, services, and (eventually) ecolabels that meet the health and environmental standards of the City & County of San Francisco. More More
Director's Corner: The Promise and Perils of Eco-Labels
Eco-labels can be an incredibly useful tool for purchasers. It isn't always easy to ascertain if one product is more "green" than another or if its environmental claims are true. Eco-labels can help facilitate the procurement of responsible products because, when credible, they provide an objective authentication of environmental assertions and ensure products meet varying environmental and human health requirements. More More
Office Electronics Case Studies Now Available
RPN has created two case studies concerning office electronics, that provides real-world experiences on how green procurement can save your institution money and environmental resources. More More
Nova Scotia Bans Bottled Water
Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter used the annual convention of CUPE Nova Scotia to announce his government is committed to a ban on the sale of bottled water in all provincial facilities that have potable water. More More
U.S. Tightens Requirements for Energy Star Certification
After critical audits, the federal government said Wednesday that it would substantially tighten the certification process for products bearing the Energy Star label, its stamp of approval for an energy-efficient product. More More
EPEAT Criteria for Electronics Now Featured on announced January 20 that customers now have access to information on computers' EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) ratings. More More
RPN Model Responsible Purchasing Report Now Available
The RPN Model Responsible Purchasing Report is now available to download for RPN members. This report helps purchasers track their responsible purchasing and create their own responsible purchasing report. More More
Senate OKs 'Green' Purchasing Push
A bill requiring state facilities to make "greener" decisions when purchasing materials won unanimous Senate approval Wednesday. Lawmakers promised to monitor the effect on manufacturers who claimed the measure would cost jobs. More More
Tracking and Reporting Responsible Purchasing Webinar Now Available for Download
The presentation slides and video recording to RPN's most popular Webinar are now available for download. Learn how your organization can better track its socially responsible and environmentally preferable purchasing. More More
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. More More
Bottled Water Ban at Brown University
Brown University became the first Ivy League school to pledge to stop using bottled water. Within a year, the school hopes to reduce bottled water usage from 250,000 bottles to 0. More More
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. More More
Director's Corner: Looking Back on 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. More More
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. More More
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
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. More More Presents 2 Free Webinars on CarbonFree Business and Certification Program
Learn from how your business may reduce what it can and offset what it can't. More More
Office Depot Helping Customers Distinguish "Shades of Green"
RPN member Office Depot is using a new "Shades of Green" labeling program to improve transparency and help institutional purchasers gauge the greenness of their purchases. More More
Clark County Assesses Best Choices in Green Purchasing
Clark County, Washington, five years into its green purchasing program, is taking a careful look at which green purchasing initiatives offer the most bang for the buck. More More
Green Roofs are a Growing Trend
Roofing companies are increasingly turning to green roofs and other sustainable practices as a way to expand business in hard times. More More
NASA Ventures into Green Space
NASA's Ames Research Center in Sunnyvale, CA is set to begin construction on a new building that will employ both space age and down to earth technologies to become the greenest building ever built by the federal government. More More
London Mayor Promotes Green Procurement in City
Businesses in London aiming to develop green procurement initiatives and reduce their environmental impact have a new online tool, courtesy of London's City Hall. More More
Download Carbon Offsets Purchasing Guide
RPN and have partnered to produce a Responsible Purchasing Guide for Carbon Offsets to help organizations make smart choices that allow them reach their carbon reduction goals. More More
Hear RPN at EPA Sustainable Products Webinar
Join RPN Manager Vincent Kitira and RPN Steering Committee Member, Scot Case, on August 20th as they participate in an EPA-hosted webinar to discuss strategies for separating green products from green washing. More More
Download Food Containers Purchasing Guide
The Responsible Purchasing Guide for Food Containers was prepared for the County of Los Angeles as a customized companion to the Food Services guide. This guide outlines the basic social and environmental issues and costs related to polystyrene food container use, provides model policies and bid specs related to food containers, and addresses practical issues in waste management related to food containers. More More
Washington University in the LEED
RPN Member Washington University continues to make green building news with the announcement that its Village East student apartment building has received a LEED Silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. More More
NACO Grant Competition Fosters Greener Living
The National Association of Counties (NACO) is sponsoring two national competitions for county governments to win grants to help the counties promote greener living by county employees and residents. More More
Call for Applications: Leonardo Academy Standards Committee
Leonardo Academy, a non profit promoting sustainability, is now accepting applications for an additional member on the SCS-002 Standards Committee within the Environmentalist Interest Category who will be part of the national dialogue on life-cycle assessment and Type III labeling. More More
RPN Member Logo: Wear it Proudly
RPN Members, now you can proudly display your commitment to socially responsible and environmentally sustainable purchasing with the RPN Member Badge. Place it on your website or use it in written materials to show the world you are serious about responsible purchasing. More More
RPN Welcomes Vincent Kitira as New RPN Manager
Vincent Kitira is our new RPN Manager! Vincent previously worked for the City of New York's Department of Citywide Administrative Services; Division of Municipal Supply Services (DMSS)--NYC government's main purchasing agency. More More
Philadelphia Businesses Embrace Green Office Practices
Thirty-three companies and firms from across the region have signed on as charter members of the Greater Philadelphia Green Business Program, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council that asks businesses to voluntarily commit to green procurement and other green office practices. More More
Responsible Purchaser of the Year Awards
RPN is pleased to announce the winners of the first annual Responsible Purchaser of the Year awards: Jeffrey Baer of the City of Portland, Oregon, Yalmaz Siddiqui of Office Depot, Eric Nelson and Karen Hamilton of King County, Washington, and Alicia Culver of the Green Purchasing Institute. More More
Call for RPN Exam Panelists
RPN seeks three qualified procurement and/or sustainability professionals to serve on the RPN Exam Panel. More More
Minnesota County Turns Its Trash into Another's Treasure
Anoka County, just north of Minneapolis and St. Paul, has opened up an internet surplus goods store to divert unneeded supplies away from the landfill and toward willing buyers. More More
NIGP Webinar: Writing a Responsible Green Purchasing Policy
Register today for the March 24th webinar hosted by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP). The presenters will be Scot Case, TerraChoice Environmental Marketing VP, and Jeffrey Baer, Bureau of Purchases Director for the City of Portland and RPN Steering Committee member. More More
Green Purchasing in the Carolinas
The Carolinas Association of Government Purchasers held their Spring Conference and Vendor Show the first week in March in New Bern, North Carolina. The opening session, "Going Green While Saving Green," put the spotlight on green purchasing, featuring presentations from RPN Director, Chris O'Brien, and others. More More
NERC Webinar: Beyond the Basics of Green Purchasing
RPN Director Chris O'Brien and Terrachoice Environmental Marketing VP Scot Case will be the featured speakers for a March 17 Northeast Recycling Council "Power of Purchasing" Webinar. More More
Berks County, PA to Pursue No-Cost Greening Effort
The County Commissioners of Berks County, PA are pursuing green procurement initiatives that will allow them to go green without spending green to do it. More More
Green Companies Do Better During Economic Downturn
A new study by global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney indicates that firms with a "true commitment to sustainability" outperform industry peers in the financial markets. More More
Survey Says Most Employers Manage With the Environment in Mind
More than half of employers currently practice strategic environmental management, according to a new "Greening of HR Survey" conducted by a leading human resource consulting firm. More More
NIGP resolves to use federal GSA schedules to advance green purchasing
The National Institute of Governmental Purchasing has adopted a resolution urging the federal government to grant state and local governments access to green products available through GSA schedules. More More
Government to Companies: Let Workers Stay Home While on the Job
State and local governments are offering tax breaks and other incentives in a bid to encouage companies to promote telecommuting. More More
Attend ProcureCon Indirect 2009 with RPN Member Discount
RPN has partnered with ProcureCon Indirect 2009 to offer a special opportunity for RPN members. More More
Green Seal Launches Laureate Program to Recognize Green Companies
Green Seal has launched a new Laureate Program to recognize and grow the most sustainable companies in the US. More More
Pennsylvania and California Pass Comprehensive Thermostat Recycling Laws
California and Pennsylvania recently joined four other states in passing comprehensive laws enforcing the proper collection and recycling of mercury-containing thermostats. More More
Join RPN at EcoBuild
Visit our booth at EcoBuild Fall 2008 in Washington, DC. RPN members receive free exhibit hall passes and discount conference registration. More More
Feature Article: Five Tips for Saving Greenbacks Through Green Purchasing
Businesses, schools, and governments are struggling to curtail spending in troubled times. Through responsible purchasing strategies, cost savings, environmental benefits, and human health improvements can coexist. More More
Silicon Valley Employees Sowing Green from Within
Silicon Valley employees are forming green teams to push companies and peers to be greener. More More
Announcing Responsible Purchaser Awards
RPN members work hard to procure goods and services that protect human health and the environment. We want to recognize this good work! More More
NYC Buildings Get Green Roof Tax Credit
Building owners in New York City who install green rooftops will now receive a significant tax credit under a bill passed by the New York state legislature. More More
Register Now for Greening Government Conference
Attend the Southwest Greening Government Conference July 25, 2008 in Flagstaff, Arizona to discuss strategies and challenges for the implementation of green practices into the business of government.  Registration deadline is June 15th More More
Dell Seeks Out RPN on Ways to See Green
RPN director Chris O'Brien was interviewed recently for a "Seeing Green In More Ways Than One" feature on the Dell Small Business 360 site. The article is full of tips on how businesses can make simple changes that will save money and help t More More
New York State Executive Order Mandates Green Procurement
New York Governor Paterson recently signed an Executive Order establishing a New York State "Green Procurement and Agency Sustainability Program," to promote green purchasing by state government agencies. More More
Responsible Purchasing Extern Program Launching in Mexico
RPN is partnering with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) to launch a Responsible Purchasing extern program in Mexico. More More
Carbon Conscious Communities Cut Emissions with Procurement
RPN has selected six government agencies to work with in 2008 to help them use procurement strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within their communities. More More
Join RPN for Free EcoMarkets Webcast
Join us May 28th from 2-3 pm EDT for a free webcast presenting the highlights of EcoMarkets 2008, our annual report on the social and environmental attitudes and practices of North American institutional buyers. More More
AASHE Seeks Comments on STARS Draft
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has released the next draft of its rating system for sustainability in higher education called STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System). More More
RPN Members Help Launch Green Cities California
Ten California city and county governments, including five RPN members, have joined together to form Green Cities California (GCG) to accelerate local, regional, national and international sustainability efforts. More More
RPN Product Listings Available in Excel Format
RPN members can now download the product listings from RPN Purchasing Guides in Excel format from the RPN website.  More More
NIGP Launches "Green Knowledge Community"
The National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) has created a new “Green Knowledge Community” to promote info on environmentally preferable products and promote social and economic responsibility in public procurement. More More
CEC Reports Green Building Design Cuts CO2
A study by RPN member, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), says green building design and operation represents the cheapest and most effective way to cut North American greenhouse gas emissions. More More
Plano Launches Environmental Purchasing Policy
RPN member Plano, Texas, is rolling out a new Environmental Purchasing Policy (EPP) to purchase and use materials, products and services that are economically responsible and reduce resource consumption and waste. More More
Yale Develops Sustainable Event Guidelines
RPN member Yale University has developed a set of Sustainable Event Guidelines to help campus event organizers reduce the environmental impact of gatherings they host. More More
Cornell, Ithaca Form Green Purchasing Consortium
Cornell University has joined Tompkins County, the City of Ithaca and five other educational institutions and governmental agencies to form the Finger Lakes Environmentally Preferred Procurement Consortium. More More
RPN Launches Responsible Purchasing Consulting
RPN’s team of staff and consultants is available to develop creative, outcome-oriented strategies to help clients improve their bottom line while meeting sustainability goals. Learn more about the services we provide to help your organization become More More
EPA Issues RFP for PPIN Grants Program
The US Environmental Protection Agency has issued a request for proposals for its Pollution Prevention Information Network (PPIN) Grants Program. More More
Greener Chemistry is California's Dream
The state of California is aiming to reduce the prevalence of toxic chemicals used in consumer products. More More
RPN Cited as Trusted Source for Green Buying
An MSNBC article advises potential buyers to beware when checking out green claims.  The author warns:  “If green More More
RPN Turns 1, Tops 100
In only its first year of existence, the Responsible Purchasing Network has passed the 100 member mark!  Since our launch in early 2007, RPN has grown impressively. Today, we are proud to count among our members prominent educational institutions suc More More
Americans Want Environmentally Responsible Communities
Most Americans believe local efforts to be environmentally responsible will pay dividends for their communities by attracting new businesses and development, creating “green collar jobs” and boosting the local economy, according to a new Unite More More
Watch RPN's EPP Video Online
RPN’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) video is now available for download or viewing online.  More More
Pro Bono Green Purchasing Assistance from RPN
RPN is offering pro bono assistance to five members committed to green purchasing in order to cut waste and emissions and improve community health.  URGENT: Monday, March 10 application deadline!   More More
Call for Stakeholders on Reusable and Plastic Bag Standards
Greenseal, the not-for-profit, independent certification and standard development body, is issuing a call for stakeholders as it revises its reusable bag standards and develops new standards for plastic resin film bags. Green Seal develops standards for a More More
Green Procurement Exposition & Conference
The Green Procurement Exposition & Conference – Midwest will be held June 4 & 5 at the Navy Pier in Chicago.  The conference brings together experts and practitioners in the areas of procurement, purchasing, supply, and environmentally More More
Feds Propose Green Procurement Policy Letter
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP),is proposing to issue a policy letter on green procurement policies and strategies. More More
New RPN Member Benefit
When Joining RPN or renewing RPN membership, members will now receive The Competitive Advantage: EcoPurchasing by Sandra Cannon. This book is a persuasive primer on environmentally preferable purchasing. More More
RPN Joins the Product Stewardship Institute Adjunct Council
We are proud to announce that RPN has accepted a position on the Adjunct Council of the Product Stewardship More More
Coin Laundry Association Partnership Offers Climate-Friendly Posters
The Center for a New American Dream is excited to announce a new partnership with the Coin Laundry Association, the national trade organization servicing the coin-operated Laundromat industry. More More
Survey of Procurement Officials in the Sweatfree Movement
SweatFree Communities conducted an initial survey of purchasing officials responsible for implementing sweat-free procurement policies. The survey, drafted in cooperation with RPN, exp More More
RPN Guidance Earns STARS Credit
AASHE's draft Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) 0.4 includes 8 possible credits for environmentally preferable purchasing. Universities may earn the first of those credits by adopting an environmentally preferable pur More More
RPN Helps Congress Green Up
The U.S. House of Representatives, with the help of RPN, is taking a step to significantly cut its energy consumption and save forest resources by switching from copy paper made from virgin wood to 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper. More More
North American Green Purchasing Summit
RPN Steering Committee members, staff, and allies from all over the continent gathered on October 31 in Worcester, MA for the North American Green Purchasing Initiative's (NAGPI) 5th Annual Summit. More More
Massachusetts EPP Vendor Fair & Conference
Massachusetts' Annual EPP Vendor Fair and Conference brought together over 1,300 federal, state and local procurement officials, RPN staff, fleet and facility managers More More
AASHE Requesting Reviewers for New Campus Sustainability Rating System
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is developing a new system that will rate the sustainability of U.S. colleges and universities. The program will allow these institutions to assess and compare their pr More More
Questions about Remanufactured Toner Cartridges
Do you have questions about remanufactured toner cartridges? RPN is partnering with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the International Imaging Technologies Council to host a question and answer session. More More
Center for a New American Dream Recognized for Purchasing Green Power
As part of its commitment to green power, the Center for a New American Dream, RPN's parent organization, has been recognized by the Clean Energy Rewards Program of Montgomery County, Maryland. The Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) purchased by New More More
ENERGY STAR "Quantity Quotes" Program offers Online Bulk Purchasing
The Quantity Quotes program provides an online forum for vendors and purchasers of ENERGY STAR registered products to conduct business. Currently, 110 vendors and over 600 organizations have registered for Quantity Quotes. More More
Los Angeles County Adopts Green Purchasing Policy
A new policy passed by the Los Angeles County Purchasing Department establishes a range of objectives for purchasing recycled content and remanufactured products, energy and water conserving equipment, low-impact landscaping, and bio-based products. The p More More
RPN Members in Top 15 Green Colleges
Congratulations to Oberlin College and Yale University. These RPN members were listed among the top 15 Greenest Colleges and Universities by Grist More More
New Survey Indicates Companies Support Green Procurement
A new survey focused on company practices, policies, and plans for reducing environmental impacts associated with operations, reveals a green procurement trend. Conducted by EyeForProcurement, the study revealed that 50% of companies are employing policie More More
Particulate emissions from office printers quantified
A study by the Queensland University of Technology measured particulate emissions from office printers and found that 27 percent of the sample printers emitted high levels of particulates. The study found that emissions are printer-type specific and are a More More
New Purchasing Guide for Office Electronics Released
The Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) is proud to release the Responsible Purchasing Guide for Office Electronics. This document provides comprehensive, leading-edge guidance on the responsible purchase, use, and dispos More More
Obtaining LEED Credits through Procurement
Responsible Purchasing Network's Purchasing Guides for cleaners, computers, office electronics, and paint now contain information on how to identify products that gain LEED credits for a variety of projects. More More
University of Florida Issues Sustainable Purchasing Directive
The University of Florida issued a Sustainable Purchasing Directive aimed at supporting campus sustainability through procurement of products with minimal environmental and social impact. More More
Cities Reducing Greenhouse Gases
The U.S. Conference of Mayors just released a survey highlighting proactive steps U.S. mayors are taking to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The 130 cities surveyed are pursuing a multitude of actions aimed at conserving energy, using energy more ef More More
Energy Credits Now Required for All LEED Projects
Energy performance requirements within LEED green building rating system increase by 14% as part of U.S. Green Building Council’s eight point Climate Change Agenda. All newly registered LEED certified projects must now... More More
New Healthy Building Resource
RPN Extern host, Citizens’ Environmental Coalition (CEC), published a guide to help consumers weigh various environmental and health concerns when it comes to planning, building, renovating, and redecorating homes. More More
Portland Releases Purchasing Case Studies
The City of Portland, Oregon, a member of RPN and longtime environmental leader, released case studies that demonstrate the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of responsible purchasing. More More
Wisconsin Issues RFP for Long-Term Renewable Energy Purchase
With assistance from RPN and Think Energy, the State of Wisconsin is soliciting bids for up to 180,000 MWh of renewable electricity on a 10-year contract. More More
Download Video and Presentations from EcoMarkets 2008 Webcast
RPN and TerraChoice hosted a May 28th webcast presenting highlights of EcoMarkets 2008, our annual report on the social and environmental attitudes and practices of North American institutional buyers.  Click on the "more" link to More More
RPN Awards Responsible Purchasing Externs
Three RPN members have been chosen to host RPN-funded Responsible Purchasing Externs. Visit our job listings to read about the positions and learn how to apply. More More
PepsiCo Purchases Record Amount of Renewable Energy
On April 30th, PepsiCo announced that the company will purchase over one billion kilowatt hours of renewable electricity each year for the next three years. This purchase will cover 100 percent of the electricity consumed by PepsiCo US-based manufacturing More More
University of California System adopts Sustainable Practices Policy
On March 22, 2007, the President of the University of California System issued an updated policy on sustainable practices and purchasing. The new policy covers Building Renovations, Climate Protection Practices, Sustainable Operations, Recycling and Waste More More
Roche Expands Hybrid-Car Fleet to 242
Roche announced today that the number of hybrid vehicles in its pharmaceutical sales fleet has expanded to a total of 242 vehicles as of the end of 2006. More More Beta Site Launched
The Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN), at the Center for a New American Dream, launched the Beta version of today in response to a growing demand for information on purchasing goods and services w More More
President Bush Issues New Executive Order "Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management."
On January 24th, 2007, President George W. Bush signed Executive Order 13423, “Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management.” The order sets goals in the areas of energy efficiency, acquisition, renewable energy, More More
Chinese Government Issues EPP Policy
Worldwatch reported that China's Ministry of Finance and State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) have announced that starting in 2007 the nation’s central and provincial governments will prioritize purchasing green products and serv More More
Wal-Mart Pledges to Sell 100 Million Compact Fluorescents in '07
Wal-Mart has announced an ambitious campaign to sell 100 million compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) at its Wal-Mart and Sam's Club locations by the end of 2007. As reported on, the plan includes interactive displays, an online savings More More
Truck Manufacturers Unite with Energy Department to Improve Fuel Efficiency
America could save nearly one billion gallons of fuel annually by adopting new aerodynamic technologies on tractor- trailer trucks, according to a two-year collaborative study conducted by four members of the Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA) and the More More
Basin Green Tags Sales Exceed One Billion KWh
Basin Electric Power Cooperative announced that its aggregate sales of "green tags" have e More More
NIGP Resolves to Support Social Responsibility
Responsible purchasing gains momentum as the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. passes resolution encouraging “socially responsible” procurement. More More
USDA Designates 10 More Biobased Items for Federal Procurement
The Federal Biobased Products Preferred Procurement Program, dubbed "BioPreferred" as part of an effort to educate federal purchasers is quickly gaining momentum. The U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) has designated 10 more product categories, More More