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RPN and FOE Release Bee-Friendly Purchasing Report
RPN and FOE's new report Buyers Bee-ware: Municipal Purchasers' Guide to Protecting Pollinators outlines how government agencies and institutions can change their purchasing policies and practices to protect honey bees and other pollinators. More More
RPN and USDN Issue Sustainable Procurement Playbook for Cities
RPN and USDN's The Buck Starts Here: Sustainable Procurement Playbook for Cities includes analytical tools, best practices, implementation tips, and recommendations for sustainability directors and city teams interested in launching or strengthening sustainable purchasing efforts. More More
RPN and San Francisco Release Report and Webinar Recording on the Best Rechargeable Batteries
In their report Charging Ahead: How to Find Powerful Rechargeable Batteries that Go On..and On, San Francisco and RPN reviewed the latest technologies and the most important performance indicators for rechargeable batteries. More More
RPN and Massachusetts Win Award for Nation's Largest Green Cleaning Supplies Contract
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and RPN received a Leadership Award for a Special Sustainable Purchasing Initiative at the SPLC 2016 Annual Summit for their collaborative effort creating the nation's largest multi-state contract for environmentally preferable cleaning supplies and equipment. More More
SPLC Announces Winners of 2016 Leadership Awards for Sustainable Purchasing
SPLC recognized 12 organizations and one individual for their leadership in the sustainable purchasing, including many RPN members. The award winners employed a wide range of sustainable purchasing strategies and documented the resulting environmental, social, and/or economic benefits. More More
Green Electronics Council Announces 38 EPEAT Sustainable Purchasing Award Winners
The winners' procurement of EPEAT-registered computers, printers, copiers, and TVs saved $16.8 million in annual energy costs and reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions equal to taking nearly 30,000 passenger cars off the road for a year. More More
Health Care Sustainability Leaders Announce New Green Purchasing Coop
RPN Helping GX Source Healthy Products
Greenhealth Exchange (GX) will offer a broad range of green products used in health care settings; owners cite healing mission of health care and the desire to accelerate use of safer products and services. More More
New York State Issues Progress Report on Green Procurement
Overall, New York spent $93 million on green products and services in FY 2014-2015, including 30% or more post-consumer recycled content copy paper, 100% recycled janitorial paper, re-refined oil, green computers, environmentally preferable cleaning products, green floor coverings, and solar electric systems. More More
Safer Seating Webinar Slides and Recording Available
Learn more about RPN's webinar on how purchasing agents and advocates are working together to identify the chemical hazards that are lurking in (and on) office chairs, couches, desks, and other types of furniture. More More
Purchasing Products With Safer Chemicals
Webinar Slides and Recording Now Available
The Lowell Center for Sustainable Production teamed up with RPN, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, and the Green Electronics Council to highlight steps institutions can take to procure products made with safer chemicals and materials. More More
Saving the Pollinators Webinar Slides and Recording Available
RPN and Friends of the Earth co-hosted a webinar on purchasing strategies government agencies, educational institutions, and businesses can implement to protect bees and other pollinators. More More
RPN is Expanding Its Green Hardware Supplies Project
The Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) is seeking partners to participate in its Green Hardware Supplies Project, which helps government agencies, public institutions, and businesses identify and purchase environmentally preferable hardware supplies. More More
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
RPN Hosted Webinar: Green Chemistry in Action: Spotlight on the OR-WA Green Cleaning Supplies Contract
Webinar to learn about the nation's largest cooperative purchasing agreement for environmentally preferable janitorial supplies. More More
Recording Now Available for RPN's Webinar: Best Practices: Tracking Recycled Paper
Learn strategies for gathering, interpreting, and presenting information on recycled paper purchases. More More
NEW Fair Trade Purchasing Guides and Webinar Recording Available
One easy way purchasing agents can expand their organization's sustainable procurement program beyond buying green products is by sourcing fair trade-certified coffee, tea, sugar and cocoa. More More
Recording Now Available for RPN's Webinar: Green Purchasing for Schools: Save Money and Reduce Your Environmental Footprint
This back-to-school webinar from RPN and the Green Schools Initiative explains how schools can specify and find affordable products that will reduce waste and pollution, save energy and water, and safeguard health. More More
Recording Now Available for RPN's Webinar: Advancing Safer Chemistry in Government Procurement
Federal, state, and local policies are increasingly requiring government agencies to purchase less toxic products. More More
Recording Now Available for RPN's Webinar: Public Procurement of Energy-Efficient Products: Lessons from Around the World
Representatives of the World Bank, U.S. EPA's ENERGY STAR Program and DC's procurement office discussed key elements of a successful program for procuring energy-efficient products. More More
RPN Participates in San Mateo County's Sustainable Purchasing Training Series
In February 2012, San Mateo County, CA hosted a Sustainable Purchasing Training Series featuring RPN. The series was designed for local governments in San Mateo County, but is useful for anyone with purchasing decisions to make. More More
7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns to be Held in Geneva April 17-19
The 7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns will focus on governance and finance with the purpose to find lasting sustainable development solutions to the current financial and environmental crises. More More
Recording Now Available for RPN's Webinar: Saving the Planet, One Paper Towel at a Time
Choices we make about paper towel and tissue purchases can protect forests and water quality as well as reduce energy consumption and pollution. Watch RPN's webinar on responsible paper towel and tissue sourcing to separate fact from "pulp fiction." More More
Recording Now Available for RPN's Webinar: Office Products Roundtable
Representatives from some of the leading office supplies stores including Staples, Independent Stationers, and Office Depot discussed their efforts to help institutional purchasers identify green alternatives. More More
Recording Now Available for RPN's Webinar: New Member Orientation Featuring Green Products That Save Money
Please join RPN for our orientation webinar plus a discussion on green products that save money. More More
RPN Develops Purchasing Guidance for NASPO
RPN is developing purchasing guidance for NASPO in several product categories.Aimed at helping states procure environmentally preferable products and services, each guidance document will address green point weighting, minimum requirements, green certifications and standards, product selction, lifecycle costs, and more. More More
RPN Assists Connecticut With Environmentally Preferable Paint Contract
RPN, with funding from NASPO and the U.S. EPA, worked with the State of Connecticut to develop comprehensive specs and a model contract for environmentally preferable paint products and supplies. The contract, which comes on the heelson of Connecticut's paint product stewardship law, was recently issued and received an impressive six bids. More More
RPN to Assist Mid-Atlantic States With EPP
RPN was recently awarded a grant from the Town Creek Foundation to assist with the development and implementation of sustainable procurement policies and practices in Maryland; Washington, DC; and Northern Virginia. More More
Webinar on Biobased Products Now Available Online
Hosted by the Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative, Responsible Purchasing Network, and USDA BioPreferred Program, this live webinar explores biobased products procurement. More More
Slides for Webinar on Green Purchasing: Tools for Federal, State, and Local Governments Now Available
The U.S. EPA's Sustainable Materials Management Web Academy hosted a webinar about tools to help you develop and implement an effective green purchasing policy in your office. More More
King County Purchases $60 mil in Green Products in 2011
In 2011, King County, Washingotn purchased more than $60 million of environmentally preferable products, with cost and durability savings of more than $1.5 million, compared to conventional products. Read more about King Couty's accomplishments in their annual report. 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
World Bank Helps Build Markets for Energy Efficient Products
The World Bank's Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) held a two-day practitioners workshop on public procurement of energy efficient products on June 7-8, 2012 in Washington, DC. 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
California Issues Green Building Executive Order
This spring, California's Governor Brown signed EO B-18-12, which directs state-owned buildings to purchase and use environmentally preferable products as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency. More More
Recording Now Available for RPN's Webinar: "Cutting-Edge Eco-Labels: Green-e"
Learn about an innovative program developed by Green-e that certifies products manufactured with 100% renewable energy such as solar or wind power 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
Recording and Slides from RPN's Webinar, Green Purchasing 101 and New/Prospective Member Orientation Now Available
Want to learn how your organization can help protect the environment and human health through greener purchasing? Watch RPN's orientation webinar to learn more! 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
Slides and Recording Now Available for RPN's Webinar, Purchasing for Water Efficiency
Did you miss RPN's most recent webinar? Watch the recording to learn how procurement decisions can dramatically improve water efficiency. More More
EcoLogo Restricts Asthmagens in its Revised Green Cleaning Product Standard
In August 2011, EcoLogo (which is now owned by UL) published a revised Standard for Hard Surface Cleaners (CCD-146), which covers products such as general purpose and glass cleaners, bathroom cleaners (non-disinfecting), degreasers and dish-washing detergents. More More
Santa Clara County Enacts First Requirements for E-Waste Recyclers
Earlier this summer, Santa Clara County, CA became the first US municipality to require the recyclers it hires to collect and recycle electronic waste to be a certified e-Stewards recycler. More More
International Third-party Certification for Sustainable Biofuels Published, Adopted by EU
The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) has launched the first global third-party certification system for sustainable biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel. More More
Connecticut Passes Paint Recycling Law, State Adds Recycled Paint to Contract
In June 2011, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed the nation's third statewide law (after California and Oregon) requiring paint manufacturers to safely manage leftover latex and oil-based paint from consumer and contractor painting jobs. More More
Green Seal Issues New Standard for Specialty Cleaning Products
In August 2011,Green Seal released a new standard for Specialty Cleaning Products for Institutional and Industrial Use. GS-53 covers products such as commercial dish soaps, graffiti removers, automotive cleansers, deck and outdoor cleaners, odor removers, and furniture polishes and waxes, among others. More More
Minnesota Issues Sustainability Executive Order (EO) for State Agencies
Earlier this year, Minnesota's Governor Dayton signed EO 11-13, Strengthening State Agency Environmental, Energy and Transportation Sustainability, which directs state agencies to implement new practices and policies that save money and reduce the environmental impact of state government operations. More More
Hawai'i Adds Green Cleaners to State Contract
This summer, the Hawai'i State Procurement Office added certified green cleaning products to its statewide contract by utilizing the Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA) Janitorial Supplies Contract More More
RPN Partners with NASPO to Green State Contracts
Through a partnership with the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO), RPN is helping several states add environmental specifications to their bid solicitations and promote increased usage of the green products on their contracts More More
Vermont Adopts Green Lighting Law
In May 2011, Vermont Governor Shumlin signed into law a bill to prevent mercury pollution from fluorescent lamps. 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
Green Seal Announces New Standard for Specialty Cleaning Products and Webinar
With the launch of GS-53, Green Seal now offers standards for most cleaning products. Register today for Green Seal's Sept. 7 Webinar. More More
Register Early for FEMP's Free Webinar: Energy-Efficient Product Procurement
First Thursday Seminars are FEMP training opportunities targeting Federal energy, environmental, and fleet professionals offered at no cost by leading experts. 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
Limited Technical Assistance Available for State Purchasers
Through a pilot project with NASPO, RPN is offering limited assistance on various state-level sustainable procurement initiatives. Applications are now being accepted. 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
Slides from RPN's Webinar, "National Healthy Schools Day," Now Available
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. More More
March is National Purchasing Month
Join the Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) and other purchasing associations across the globe in recognizing the purchasing profession, and more specifically, the sustainable purchasing profession! 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
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Stay connected through RPN's newest social media outlets to catch the latest responsible purchasing news and resources. 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
ENERGY STAR Q&A Webinar Recording and Slides Now Available
The Webinar, featuring Maria Vargas of ENERGY STAR, presented new changes in the certification program and included a thorough Q&A. 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
New and Prospective Member Orientation Webinar Slides Now Available
In case you missed RPN's New and Prospective Member Orientation webinar, the presentation slides are now accessible on the RPN site. 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
New Green Procurement Policies Mean Big Changes for Contractors
Jonathan Cohen, Director of Workplace Programs, which includes RPN, discusses the implications of Arlington and Fairfax County's decision to procure more environmentally preferable products in a Washington Business Journal article. More More
Maryland Launches Green Travel Program
"Maryland Green Travel," a new state initiative, will promote environmental best practices throughout the local tourism industry and promote Maryland as a green destination for eco-tourists. More More
Green Seal Announces New Company Certification
Green Seal will begin a new certification of companies as a whole based on their commitment to environmentally conscious business practices, in addition to the production of environmentally preferable products. More More
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Releases 2009 Green Jobs Report
USGBC predicts that the green building industry will create or support 7.9 million jobs and contribute $554 billion to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) over the next four years by constructing new environmentally preferable buildings or renovating existing ones to reduce carbon emissions. More More
Chemicals in Our Food, and Bodies
Your body is probably home to a chemical known as Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical commonly used in plastic water bottles. Although the science isn't conclusive, there might be reason for concern. 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
NERC's Fall Conference on Capturing the Energy of Recycling
RPN member, the Northeast Reycycling Council (NERC) will hold its fall conference October 27-28. This year's theme is the union between recycling and energy conservation. More More
NEC Projectors Receive TCO Certification
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
Director's Corner: Executive Order Promotes Federal Green Purchasing
We could be forgiven for thinking the following text was extracted from an RPN rather than a White House press release: "[I]ncrease energy efficiency; reduce fleet petroleum consumption; conserve water; reduce waste; support sustainable communities; and leverage... purchasing power to promote environmentally-responsible products and technologies." More More
RPN Lends Hand to AASHE's New Online Forum
RPN will serve as a forum supporter to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's new online discussion forum for colleges and universities wishing to share ideas and ask sustainability questions. More More
Supermarkets Turn to LEDs to Save Energy and Boost Sales
Grocers are finding that LED lighting not only saves energy and money, it also makes for more vibrant, attractive displays. More More
Survey Shows US Procurement Officials Committed to Green Purchasing
According to an annual survey by TerraChoice, institutional purchasers in the US continue to "buy green" despite the economic downturn. More More
California Initiates Nation's First Carbon Fee on Polluting Industries
The State of California has approved the nation's first carbon fee on polluting industries, a new energy plan and more stringent controls of chemically-created consumer products. More More
Buying Environmentally Preferable Paper: Is it Worth the Investment?
Read RPN's Phillip Kobernick's article in Corporate United Quarterly on how your business can buy greener paper and still lower costs. 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
Join RPN at Massachusetts EPP Fair
RPN staff will be hosting a Green Electronics Workshop at the Massachusetts EPP Fair in Worcester, MA on October 27, covering best practices, standards, useful reporting tools and more. More More
Sign Up for RPN Webinar on Bottled Water Alternatives for Universities
RPN will host a Bottled Water Alternatives for Universities webinar on October 29 to herald a new university edition of the Responsible Purchasing Guide for Bottled Water Alternatives. 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
Nation's First Car-Sharing Service Continues to Grow in Portland
The City of Portland pursues a low-car diet for the general public through initiatives to expand Zipcar service. More More
ANSI Recognizes Green Seal Standard for Green Restaurants
The Green Seal Environmental Standard for Restaurants and Food Services was approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as the first nationally recognized green restaurant standard. More More
Santa Rosa Promotes Rainwater Harvesting
The City of Santa Rosa urges residents to utilize the gifts of nature through a new rainwater harvesting water conservation program aimed at helping offset the cost of rainwater storage equipment for home and business owners. More More
Capitol greens: Fed Agencies Achieving Green Purchasing Goals
The requirement that federal agencies purchase green electronics has been one of the most readily accepted acquisition changes in the government in recent history. More More
Yale University Hits Trifecta of Green School Recognition
RPN member, Yale University, was recently recognized for sustainable efforts by Princeton Review's Green Honor Roll, TreeHugger's greenest colleges, and Sierra Club's top 20 "Cool Schools." More More
USGBC Launches Building Performance Initiative
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is launching a new initiative to provide feedback to owners of LEED Certified buildings and help them address performance gaps that stem from predicted building performance versus actual performance. More More
Schools Cool Down with Energy Saving Measures
Educational facilities from colleges to grade schools are saving money and cutting carbon by implementing sustainable measures that range from lighting retrofits to green roofs. 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
Bottled Water Scam Finally Feels Squeeze
We don't miss the water when the cash runs dry. Bottled water, that is. That refreshing news came recently as Nestle reported nearly a 5 percent drop in bottled water sales in North America and Western Europe. 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 LED Purchasing Guide
Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are extremely efficient lighting products that can create energy cost savings for any organization. LEDs have many applications. Learn three ways your organization can take advantage of LEDs with the Responsible Purchasing Guide for LED Exit Signs, Street Lights, and Traffic Signals. More More
AT&T California Cuts Fleet Emissions by Over 300 Metric Tons
105 alternative-fuel vehicles and other energy savings measures helped AT&T make big emission cuts in 2008. More More
Big Hotel Builds Green Home
A white roof is one of the green innovations as Wyndham Worldwide pursues LEED Silver status for its efforts to make new HQ a highly efficient and healthy place to work. More More
Register for Cooperative Contracts Webinar
Join RPN for a September 17th webinar on how to use cooperative contracts to increase your organization's ability to obtain environmentally preferable products at lower costs. More More
School Districts Turn to Cooperative Contracts to Ease Budget Strains
Facing tight budgets, procurement officials from school districts across the nation are turning to cooperative contracts to achieve economies of scale and reduce duplication of efforts. More More
EPEAT Electronics Registry Now Available Internationally
The Green Electronics Council's Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) has been localized to reflect the products available in specified countries. 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
State and Local Governments Helping Area Manufacturers Go Green
Wisconsin and San Antonio are each launching initiatives to push area manufacturers toward innovation and adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency. More More
Register Now: RPN's LED Webinar
Attend the August 19th RPN Webinar for LED Exit Signs, Street Lights, and Traffic Signals and learn about three ways your organization can cut energy use and save money with super efficient LEDs. 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
AT&T is switching the signs on 6,500 of its stores to an LED lighting system from General Electric. The effort with reduce energy usage by nearly 6 million kilowatt hours and cut 3,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. 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
FedEx Expands Hybrid Delivery Fleet
FedEx is delivering lower emissions with the addition of 92 retrofitted hybrid-electric delivery trucks to its California fleet--the first standard FedEx delivery trucks converted to hybrid. 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
Walmart Announces Plans to Create Sustainability Index
The world's biggest retailer has shared plans to develop a worldwide sustainable product index that will lead to higher quality, lower costs and measure the sustainability of products. More More
Workplace Programs Director
The Center for a New American Dream seeks a Workplace Programs Director to manage the organization's efforts to promote responsible purchasing. More More
Plano, Texas Chooses Less Polluting Road Surface
Plano, Texas recently elected to use a low-polluting dry kiln cement over a cheaper alternative for a $4.9 million road-widening project. 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
New Energy Star Specifications for Computer Equipment
On July 1st, 2009, Energy Star Version 5.0 Specification for Computer Equipment went into effect. Manufacturers must comply with these new regulations in order to receive Energy Star certification. More More
EcoLogo to Develop Standards for Safer Pool and Spa Chemicals
The environmental standard and certification program, EcoLogo, recently announced the initiation of its first standard for pool and spa chemicals. 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
EPA Announces $10 Million Climate Change Initiatives Grant
The U.S. EPA has a new competitive grant program for local and tribal governments that want to establish and implement climate change initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their communities. More More
Seattle, Others to Use Stimulus to Switch on Energy-Efficient LEDs
Seattle is one of several U.S. cities planning to use federal stimulus funds to retrofit streetlights with energy- and cost-efficient LEDs. More More
Pew Launches Climate TechBook
A new online resource from the Pew Center provides information on technologies to help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across five key sectors: electricity, transportation, industrial, residential and commercial, and agriculture. More More
Washington U. Unveils One of America's Greenest Buildings
At the end of May, Washington University in St. Louis--a member of RPNRPN--officially opened its new Living Learning Center, a building on the cutting edge of sustainable design. More More
Oberlin College Cutting Grass and Emissions with Veggie Oil Mower
By converting its lawn tractor from diesel to waste vegetable oil from campus dining halls, the sustainability-oriented Ohio college is cutting emissions and fuel costs along with the grass. More More
Responsible Purchasing Trends 2009
Available now as a free download, our annual Trends report shows how RPN members are adopting green policies and implementing green purchasing programs that conserve resources, mitigate pollution and waste, and promote a green economy. More More
Available Now: RPN Food Services Purchasing Guide
Serve up sustainable dining with the Responsible Purchasing Guide for Food Services. The guide offers a cornucopia of strategies and resources for establishing an institutional green dining program, reducing waste, sourcing local and sustainable food, and much more. More More
Minnesota Paint Manufacturer Keeping Landfills Unpainted
A Minnesota-based company is taking paint recycling to the next level, turning the contents of half-empty paint cans into high-quality new paint that is Green Seal certified. More More
New Calculators Quantify Benefits of Pollution Prevention
The Responsible Purchasing Guide for Green Power new features two new calculators developed by EPA's Pollution Prevention (P2) Program to quantify emissions reductions and financial savings from implementing P2 activities. More More
Cities Cutting Costs and Lowering Emissions With LED Lighting
According to a May 30 article in the New York Times, the future of Light Emitting Diodes (LED) lighting is, well, bright. The declining cost and dramatically superior energy efficiency of LED lighting is bringing it out of the shadows and into mainstream use. More More
Download RPN's "Buying Green on Cooperative Contracts" Factsheet
Responsible purchasing through cooperative contracts helps leverage collective purchasing power to obtain competitive pricing and better service, reduce contract costs, and shift the marketplace toward greener products. Explore your options with this handy factsheet. More More
Green Seal Certification Now Available for Restaurants and Foodservice Establishments
Green Seal has released GS-46, Environmental Standard for Restaurants and Foodservices, a new life-cycle based certification standard covering food, energy and water use, and waste. More More
EPA Announces Energy Star Label for Computer Servers
For the first time, EPA announced Energy Star requirements for computer servers that will protect the environment and result in significant energy savings. More More
New York Bidding to Become Sunshine State
Two new solar projects--for a combined 150 MW potential--are poised to give New York State's power grid a sunnier disposition. More More
Cities Use Hybrid Police Vehicles to Keep Both Streets and Skies Safe
New York City, Indianapolis and London are among cities adding hybrid vehicles to their police fleets. More More
New Law Makes Washington State's Paper Usage Leaner, Greener
A law signed into effect in early May mandates reduced paper use, full recycling, and 100% recycled content paper for Washington state agencies and college campuses. More More
Chris O'Brien Named Voting Director of ASTM Sustainability Committee
In June, RPN Senior Director Chris O'Brien was appointed as a voting director on ASTM International's new sustainability committee, established to make sustainable development a reality throughout the marketplace. More More
Green Seal Issues Environmental Standard for Restaurants and Food Services
After just over a year of development, the new Green Seal Environmental Standard for Restaurants and Food Services, GS-46, is complete and is now available for applications for Green Seal certification. More More
King County Issues Environmental Purchasing Annual Report
Read King County's 2008 Environmental Purchasing Annual Report to learn how they spent $54 million on environmentally preferable products while saving over $800,000, compared to conventional alternatives. More More
Snohomish County Plans to Fuel Cars With Canola
RPN member, Snohomish County, is moving ahead with an ambitious plan to "homebrew" its own fuel, by drying, storing, and crushing canola seed to produce biodiesel. More More
Coming Soon: Carbon Offsets Purchasing Guide
In a bind over offset options? Help is on the way. The Responsible Purchasing Network has partnered with to produce a Carbon Offsets Purchasing Guide, scheduled for release in May. The guide will outline the environmental impacts of various offset options, so your organization can get the most abatement for your buck. 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
L.A. Adopts Landmark Green Building/Green Jobs Ordinance
In early April, the L.A. City Council unanimously passed a "Green Building Retrofit Ordinance" that will retrofit city-owned building to achieve LEED silver certification, provide green jobs, and revitalize L.A.'s inner city. 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
Louisville to Use Stimulus Funds to Buy Hybrid Buses
Louisville's Transit Authority of River City (TARC) plans to use funds from the federal stimulus package to make its bus fleet greener while creating jobs. More More
RPN Featured at 2009 EcoProcura Conference
This past March in Reykjavik, over 220 delegates from 41 nations, representing local governments, national governments and other public sector bodies, heard RPN Senior Director, Chris O'Brien, and others discuss how green purchasing practices can counter climate change. More More
EPA Announces Stricter Energy Star Standards for Monitors, Electronic Displays
Come October 30th, computer monitors, digital picture frames, and other electronic displays will have to meet stricter standards to qualify for the Energy Star label. 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
AT&T Calls Up Alternative Transportation Vehicles
By 2019, AT&T is planning to add 15,000 alternative-fuel vehicles to its corporate fleet. The company intends to invest $565 million toward this goal. More More
EPA Recognizes Connecticut as One of Nation's Top Green Power Purchasers
The State of Connecticut has been named one of only three states making EPA's top 50 list of national Green Power Partners. This year, Connecticut will purchase more than 98 million kilowatt-hours of green power--enough to meet 17 percent of the state's purchased electricity use. 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
San Francisco Bay Area Mayors Sign Climate Change Compact
Earlier this month, the mayors of the San Francisco Bay area's three largest cities--San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose--signed a regional agreement outlining joint goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 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
EcoLogo Seeks Comments for Revision of Paper Standards
EcoLogo is seeking public comments as it reviews its standards for Printing and Writing Paper (CCD-077) and Uncoated Mechanical Printing Paper (CCD-078). 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
L.A. Streets Will Soon be Illuminated by LEDs
Los Angeles is saving money and cutting emissions by switching its 140,000 streetlight fixtures to LED units over the next five years with help from the Clinton Climate Initiative. More More
Paint Recycling Bill Introduced in Minnesota Legislature
A bill has been introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives that would require a pilot program to be implemented by paint manufacturers to recycle paint. More More
Clark County, WA Breaks the Bottled Water Habit, Saves Money and Resources
Working with RPN, Clark County is shrinking its ecological footprint and saving an estimated $15,000 annually by eliminating the purchase of bottled water and water jugs by county departments and agencies. More More
One Click Cooperative Contracts for Recycle Paper and Green Cleaners
Looking for competitive bids on recycled office paper or green cleaners? These products are now directly linked to U.S. Communities' cost-saving cooperative contracts and searchable through our green products database. More More
Use Green Purchasing Guidelines from EPA and California
Our Responsible Purchasing Guides have been updated to include descriptions and downloads of the EPA's Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG) and California's State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign (SABRC). More More
Enterprise Adds 5,000 Hybrids to Its Fleet
Enterprise Rent-A-Car is adding about 5,000 hybrids to its nationwide fleet and designating almost 80 rental locations across the country as "hybrid branches." More More
Timex Installs 800 Solar Panels to Keep Connecticut HQ Ticking
Timex isn't reverting to sundials, but the company is turning to the sun to power its Middlebury headquarters with one of the Northeast's largest ground-mounted solar arrays. More More
USGBC Recognizes Greenguard Flooring Standard for LEED Certification
Building managers seeking LEED certification will now be able to use Greenguard's Children and Schools standard to certify flooring and achieve credit within the LEED rating system. More More
Underwriters Laboratories Launches Green Verification Service
Underwriters Laboratories has launched an environmental claims verification service, UL Environment Inc., to help consumers evaluate green claims and provide manufacturers with transparency and credibility. 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
Office Depot Achieves LEED Gold Certification
RPN member Office Depot earned LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its green store prototype in Austin, Texas. More More
Green Seal Calls for Comments on Revision of Sanitary Paper Products Standard
Green Seal seeks to create a more comprehensive standard for sanitary paper products, covering facial and bathroom tissues, toilet seat covers, paper towels, napkins, paper placemats and table coverings. More More
Updated Responsible Purchasing Guide for Copy Paper
The guide now includes Paper Steps, the new hierarchy of environmentally preferable papers created by the Environmental Paper Network. More More
Green Electronics Council Joins Forces with EcoLogo
The creator of EPEAT has teamed with EcoLogo to facilitate the certification and promotion of green electronics. More More
Northeastern States Develop Low Carbon Fuel Standard
Eleven Northeastern states are developing a regional Low Carbon Fuel Standard to reduce the carbon concentration in fuels. More More
New York Sets Green Purchasing Guidelines
A New York State committee has drafted 18 new green procurement guidelines, covering printers, traffic cones, air conditioners and more. 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
Company Re-Spins Recycled Carpet Fibers Into Gold
A carpet company collects and recycles waste commercial carpet using nylon that can be recycled over and over. More More
Download Our New Green Cleaners Guide and Webinar Presentations
Missed the webinar launching the new and vastly expanded edition of our Responsible Purchasing Guide for Cleaners? You can still download the guide and webinar presentations from RPN, Green Seal, and Harvard University. More More
RPN Welcomes New Membership Coordinator
RPN is pleased to announce the addition of Anne Maynard to our staff as RPN Membership Coordinator. Anne is here to answer all your questions about membership benefits and to help coordinate RPN events and speaking engagements. More More
Call to Participate in New EPEAT Standards Development
Electronic equipment purchasers are being asked to help develop new EPEAT standards for Imaging Equipment and TVs. More More
San Francisco Publishes Guide to Energy Efficient, Low-Mercury Lighting
Finding green lighting just got easier, thanks to the City of San Francisco's new "SF Approved Lighting" guide. More More
EU Takes Big Step to Phasing Out Low Efficiency Lighting
EU governments have agreed to phase-out incandescent light bulbs and low-efficiency halogen bulbs by the year 2012. More More
Dr Bronner's and OCA Seek Clear, Accurate Organic Label Standards
Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, in concert with the Organics Consumer Association, has created a 5-Star Comparison & Ranking of U.S. and European "Organic" and "Natural" Personal Care Standards to help consumers compare organic labels. More More
RONA's New Wood Products Procurement Policy Garners Greenpeace Praise
Canadian home improvement giant, RONA, is being hailed as a "leader in forest sustainability" by Greenpeace for its new wood products procurement policy. 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
Portland Adopts Sweatshop Free Policy for City Uniforms
Portland, Oregon has adopted a sweatshop-free purchasing policy for uniforms and other public employee apparel. 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
California Saves Big Through Energy Efficiency
Thirty-five years worth of efficiency measures have saved California about $56 billion in electricity costs and created 1.5 million jobs, according to a new study. More More
Job Announcement: RPN Manager
The Responsible Purchasing Network is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Manager. More More
Minnesota Protects Roads by Penny Pinching on Salt
Minnesota saves money and protects the environment by limiting overuse of salt and corrosive chemicals on roadways. 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
Green Cleaners Webinar: Register Now!
Join us Dec. 9 for this informative webinar that will provide information and recommendations on responsible use and purchasing of office cleaning products More More
Green Seal Proposes Revised Environmental Standard for Reusable Bags
Through December 8th, Green Seal is seeking public comments on a proposed revised standard for reusable bags. 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
New Jersey Plans Off-Shore Wind Farm
The State of New Jersey has approved an offshore wind farm and plans to triple the amount of wind power it uses by 2020. More More
San Francisco Mayor Challenges City's Businesses to Go Solar
San Francisco Mayor Newsom has created a Mayor's Solar Founders' Circle to challenge the city's businesses to go solar within a year. More More
California Enacts Nation's First Statewide Green Chemistry Program
California just became the first state in the nation to establish a comprehensive green chemistry program to reduce or eliminate hazardous chemicals in consumer products and the environment. More More
California to Reap Economic Benefits from Cutting Emissions
California's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will benefit the state's economy and save residents money, according to the Air Resources Board. More More
Chicago Unveils Comprehensive Emissions Reduction Plan
Chicago plans to implement the most aggressive plan by any major American city to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. More More
RPN and NASPO Unite to Advance Green Purchasing by State Agencies
The National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO), at its recent annual meeting, announced the launch of a joint membership program with RPN to help green state procurement agencies. 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
EDF Website Lets Purchasers Buy Carbon Offsets With Confidence
Environmental Defense Fund has launched a new website,, to help institutions and individuals identify and purchase carbon offsets linked to tangible, trusted projects. More More
New ENERGY STAR @ Work Web Tool Helps Offices Go Green
EPA's new ENERGY STAR @ work is an interactive, online tool that offers employees, employers, and building managers tips on how to save energy and protect the environment at work. More More
Office Depot Launches Tech Trade-In Program
Office Depot is launching a new Tech Trade-In program that offers incentives for consumers to recycle small- to medium-size electronics. More More
Growth in Bottled Water Industry Starting to Drain
The bottled water industry is slowing down, thanks in part to increased awareness about the ecological and economic costs of bottled water. according to the Worldwatch Institute. More More
New Guide Helps You Break Bottled Water Habit
The Responsible Purchasing Guide to Bottled Water Alternatives will help your organization break the bottled water habit. Download the guide today and watch the webinar video online. More More
Green Seal Calls for Comments on Residential Cleaning Standards
Green Seal seeks comments on its proposed new environmental leadership standard for residential cleaning services (GS-49). More More
Have Speakers, Will Travel
Have a green procurement expert speak at your next event! Responsible purchasing staff and experts are available to speak on a wide variety of green purchasing issues to enhance your next conference or meeting.  More More
Webinar: RPN Member Orientation/ Green Purchasing 101
Get the most out of your RPN membership! Join us October 8 for this free webinar that will give you more information on RPN member benefits and walk you through our website. It's also a great introduction to green purchasing. More More
Green Seal Issues New Cleaner Standard
Green Seal has published a new and updated environmental standard for industrial and institutional cleaners (GS-37) that is more protective of vulnerable populations and reflects advancements made by industry since the last update of the standar More More
California Clips Off Lead Wheel Weights
Success! Having published the Responsible Purchasing Guide to Wheel Weights earlier this year, we are very excited to announce that California now plans to phase out lead-wheel weights by the end of 2009, in favor of environmentally preferable alternatives made from steel or zinc alloy. More More
RPN & U.S. Communities Join to Promote Green Products on Group Contracts
What do you get when you combine RPN's green purchasing programs with the aggregated influence of over 87,000 buyers? A powerful new resource for finding and buying credible green products through competitively bid group contracts. More More
30 US Cities to Measure Greenhouse Gas Emissions
30 U.S. cities have agreed to work with the ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability USA to measure their carbon footprints under the Carbon Disclosure Project. More More
Minnesota Gets the Lead Out of Wheel Weights
Both state and local governments in Minnesota are phasing out lead in wheel weights, switching to environmentally preferable alternatives. More More
New Website Lets Purchasers Pinpoint Responsible Paper, a new website sponsored by the Environmental Paper Network, uses Google Maps to help paper purchasers find responsible pulp mills. More More
San Francisco Cuts Carbon Footprint
The City of San Francisco has cut greenhouse gas emissions by 5 percent from 1990 levels and is on track to cut emissions 20 percent in four years. More More
TerraChoice Invites Input on Area Rug Standards
Through August 29, RPN members and readers are invited to offer comments to the EcoLogo Program of TerraChoice regarding the proposed standard for area rugs. More More
Bottled Water Alternatives Webinar
Bottled water is expensive and resource intensive. Tap water is safe, inexpensive, and readily available.  Register today for this free August 26 webinar to learn more.  More More
Minnesota Saves Money on Green Paper
The State of Minnesota increased its supply of both greenbacks and green paper when it converted a substantial portion of its copy paper to 100% post-consumer waste (PCW) paper. More More
Buy Green Copy Paper and Keep Costs Down
RPN’s new Responsible Purchasing Guide for Copy Paper will show you how to cost-effectively purchase green copy paper.  View the Guide and download presentations and video from our July 22 webinar. More More
Portland Adopts Sustainable Procurement Policy
The City of Portland, OR has adopted a sustainable procurement policy mandating that city employees incorporate environmental stewardship, social equity, community and fiscal responsibility when procuring materials, products or services. More More
Utah Goes to 4-Day Workweek to Save Energy
In a yearlong experiment aimed at reducing the state's energy costs, Utah is set to become the first state to switch to a four-day workweek for thousands of government employees. More More
Third Generation Prius to Include Solar Panels
Toyota plans to install solar panels on the roof of the third generation Prius cars early next year to power the cars' air conditioning units. More More
Mexican Universities Get Crash Course in Green Purchasing
In early July, a group of major Mexican universities gathered in Mexico City for a day-long kick-off of the Responsible Purchasing Network’s Mexico program. More More
RPN Helps Wisconsin, City of Cambridge Buy Green Power
With RPN's assistance, the State of Wisconsin and City of Cambridge, MA recently concluded significant purchases of green power, buying 90,000 MWh wind power and 10,000 MWh in renewable energy credits, respectively. More More
Green Purchasing Trends: Read the EcoMarkets 2008 Report
The EcoMarkets 2008 Report covers the social and environmental attitudes and practices of North American institutional buyers.  Download the free report from our website. More More
Use Green Cleaning Calculator to Tally Benefits of Going Clean and Green
The online version of the Responsible Purchasing Guide for Cleaners new features a Pollution Prevention Calculator to help you clean green. 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
Green Seal Seeks Comments for Revised Stains and Finishes Standards
Green Seal is seeking comments from the public on new standards for Stains and Finishes. More More
Metro DC Governments Become Carbon Conscious Communities
Washington DC area governments are banding together to share procurement strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through New American Dream’s Carbon Conscious Communities (C3) initiative. More More
Cut Toner Costs in Half: Get the New Toner Cartridge Purchasing Guide
Remanufactured toner cartridges are a simple and cost effective way to conserve energy and natural resources. RPN’s new Responsible Purchasing Guide for Toner Cartridges is now available, as well as downloadable presentations from the recent toner c More More
Webinar: Greening Your Copy Paper - Register Today!
Copy paper is one of the first products selected by green purchasers - and for good reason! Producing paper consumes trees, water, and energy and creates hazardous waste and greenhouse gas emissions. Sign up now for this July 22 webinar on green More More
Mayors Propose Resolution on High Carbon Fuels
NRDC is urging support for a proposed U.S. Conference of Mayors energy resolution to create lifecycle fuels emissions analyses concerning the production of synthetic fuels such as tar sands, liquid coal and oil shale. More More
Seattle Reins In Bottled Water
Seattle's Mayor Nickels is promoting a “drink up” campaign to get city residents to turn from environmentally damaging bottled water to tap. More More
Green Seal Issues Revised Paint Standard
Green Seal has issued the Environmental Standard for Paints and Coatings (GS-11) Second Edition.  This standard establishes environmental requirements for paints and coatings. 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
Think Outside the Bottle
Register by July 17 to obtain free bottled water resources and apply for pro bono assistance from RPN to help you reduce waste, save money and conserve water by eliminating or reducing unnecessary bottled water purchases. More More
TerraChoice Invites Input on Cleaning Standards
Through June 16, RPN members and readers are invited to offer comments and feedback to TerraChoice regarding the prospect of harmonizing their EcoLogo certification criteria for hard surface cleaners with proposed revisions of the Green Seal standard cove 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
Break the Bottled Water Habit
RPN invites you to kick the bottled water habit.  Learn how to reduce waste, save money and conserve water by eliminating or reducing unnecessary bottled water purchases. 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
Calculate Your Computers' Environmental Impact
Use two new online calculators to add up the benefits of greening your office computers. Click through to the web-based edition of our Responsible Purchasing Guide for Computers and download the EPEAT and ENERGY STAR calculators. More More
San Jose Uses EPEAT to Green Electronics Purchases
Green Technology Magazine recently featured the City of San Jose’s pioneering use of EPEAT as a tool for greening their electronics purchasing. More More
Green Seal Initiates Residential Cleaning Service Standard
Green Seal is initiating the development of a new standard for Residential Cleaning Services and inviting stakeholders to participate in the development of this standard. 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
HP Workstations Achieve Solid EPEAT Gold
HP’s entire line of personal workstation computers has achieved a Gold Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) rating--a first for personal workstations. More More
New Report Examines Office Equipment Emissions
A new report from Air Quality Sciences Inc. (AQS) looks at contaminants emitted from electronic office equipment and the health impacts associated with such emissions.  More More
New Responsible Purchasing Guide: Green Power
RPN's new Responsible Purchasing Guide for Green Power includes model energy policies and contract specifications; information on Green-e En More More
Revised CFL Standards Now in RPN Lighting Guide
An updated Responsible Purchasing Guide for Lighting includes the Departmet of Energy's revised standards and expanded categories for ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs). More More
RPN in New '50 Earth Saving Tips' Book
A new edition of the popular “50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth” book has been published, with a section on institutional purchasing spotlighting the Responsible Purchasing Network as a key resource. 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
Xerox Offers Office Sustainability Calculator
Xerox has launched an online sustainability calculator designed to help offices measure the environmental impact of their printers and copiers. 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
HEV Calculator Updated with 2008 Model Year Vehicles
The Hybrid Electric Vehicle Calculator is now updated with 2008 model year vehicles and new emissions factors. Use it to compare operating costs and emissions of hybrid and conventional vehicles. 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
NYC's New Hybrid Buses Saving Money
New York City’s newer hybrid buses are cheaper to operate, costing 40 percent less to maintain and 24 percent less to operate than previous hybrids. More More
Green-e to Begin Certification of Carbon Offsets
Green-e Climate is ready to begin certification of greenhouse gas emission reduction products for the purpose of providing carbon offsets to the public. More More
OSU Students Demand Sustainable Paper Policy
Students at Ohio State University are pressuring the university to commit to a sustainable purchasing policy. More More
Staples Cuts Ties to Suspect Paper Supplier
Office supply giant Staples has severed all contracts with Asia Pulp & Paper out of concern for APP's Indonesian logging. 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 Members Boost Hybrid Fleets
NYC and Seattle/King County are adding hybrids vehicles and using plug-in technology to boost their hybrid fleets. More More
Intel Becomes Top Renewable Energy Buyer
Intel to buy more than 1.3 billion kilowatt hours a year of renewable energy certificates, thus becoming the largest corporate purchaser of green power in the U.S. 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
Solar Powered Super Bowl
This year’s Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, will be the first ever powered completely with gren power by using solar, wind and geo-thermal energy to offset the greenhouse gas emissions. 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 Seal Cleaner Comment Period Extended
Green Seal, the not-for-profit, independent certification and standard development body, has announced that it is extending by two weeks the public comment period for its Proposed Revised Standard for Industrial and Institutional Cleaners, GS-37. 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
Toyota to Have HEVs in Every Series
Toyota President Katsuaki Watanabe announced that the company plans to offer a hybrid model in every vehicle series and continue its development of PHEVs and cellulosic ethanol. More More
Federal Agencies Using EPEAT
An interim ruling directs federal agencies to use the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) to procure computer products while a final rule is being formulated.  The effective date for the interim ruling is December 26, 2007. 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
US Bans the Bulb
President Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act into law this week. It will phase out incandescent light bulbs in the next four to 12 years in favor of compact fluorescents, halogens, and LEDs. More More
RPN Product Listings Get Significant Updates
RPN is happy to announce we have made considerable updates to the product listings for several Responsible Purchasing Guides. These changes include new search criteria, updated listings, expanded EPEAT and Energy Star information, and for the Fleet Guide; More More
Green Cleaning Schools Act Draft Guidelines Available for Comment
Draft guidelines for the Green Cleaning Schools Act are now available for comment. The Healthy Schools Campaign and its allies successfully advocated for the Gr 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
SEPTA to Buy 400 Hybrid Busses
The Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Board approved the purchase of 400 new diesel-electric hybrid buses. Adding the new buses will make SEPTA one of the largest public transit hybrid bus fleets in the country. More More
RPN Members to Test PHEVs
RPN members, the City of Seattle, King County, and other local Washington agencies will participate in a yearlong demonstration project testing the performance of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in an urban area. More More
GS-37 Currently Open for Public Comment
Green Seal’s GS-37: Environmental Standard for Industrial and Institutional Cleaners is being revised and available for public review, a key step to involve all stakeholders in the development process. More More
New! RPN Comparative Tool for Environmental Standards
Are you confused about environmental standards for cleaning products? Want to know how the new  More More
Green Seal CFL Standard Under Revision
Green Seal is inviting stakeholders to submit suggestions and comments on the proposed revisions of GS-5, its environmental standard for compact fluorescent lights. More More
Cleaning Industry Launches Climate Initiative
The cleaning industry launched a Climate Initiative last week that will create awareness and help companies to voluntarily measure, reduce and offset their emissions. 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
Pennsylvania becomes Top State Green Power Purchaser
On October 23, 2007, Governor Edward B. Rendell announced that Pennsylvania is now purchasing enough green power to cover nearly 30 percent of the electricity needed for government operations. This exceeds the Commonwealth's goal of 20 percent green p More More
Responsible Purchasing Guide: Fluorescent Lighting Launched
RPN has released the Responsible Purchasing Guide: Fluorescent Lighting. The Guide provides tips and tools for developing a socially and environmentally preferable lighting program. Click 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
TSA Purchases EPEAT Silver PCs
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently refreshed the computers at 450 airports where the agency has offices. TSA purchased EPEAT Silver rated PCs. The computers meet the energy efficiency provisions of President Bush’s January 200 More More
WEBCAST: Fluorescent Lighting
Join us for a national webcast on November 5, 2007, 2:00-3:30pm Eastern Time to learn how to purchase energy efficient and less-toxic lighting equipment that saves money, reduces environmental impacts, and improves c More More
Break the Bottled Water Habit
Americans bought a total of 8.3 million gallons of bottled water in 2006, much of which was sold in single-serving bottles and multi-gallon water cooler bottles. 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
Wal-Mart Sells 100 Millionth CFL
Wal-Mart Stores announced it has surpassed its goal to sell 100 million compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) by the end of 2007. The resultant carbon savings are equal to taking 700,000 cars off the road. More More
Green Fleet Policy Released by San Jose
The City of San Jose, CA, an RPN Member and the 10th largest city in the U.S., has just released an ambitious new policy for greening its vehicle fleet. The policy cover 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
First Certified Recycled Paint Available
MetroPaint, from Portland, Oregon, has become the first recycled-content latex paint certified under Green Seal's GS-43 standard. More More
University of Alberta Implements Green Cleaning
The University of Alberta has implemented a campus-wide green cleaning program called "Cleaning for a Healthy U." Its goal is to reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and airborne particulates. More More
Energy-Efficient Chip Unveiled
The Quad-Core Opteron processor was recently unveiled by Advanced Micro Devices. The new chip is designed to be more energy efficient; 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
Webcast: Climate Neutral Fleet
On August 21, RPN hosted a national webcast on greenhouse gas management by fleets. Presentations covered ways in which fuel economy, fleet management, and procurement can reduce emissions, improve energy security, and save money. More More
Harvard Sustainability Roundtable Presentations Available Online
RPN program manager Matt Kittell presented on copy paper certifications at the Harvard Sustainability Roundtable on August 10. To view his PowerPoint presentation and other presentations, visit the  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
Ford and U-Haul to Test New Vehicle Paint
Ford and U-Haul are putting on the road the industry's first fleet of vehicles painted with Ford's environmentally responsible new technology, which reduces greenhouse gases by 15 percent and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by about 10 perc More More
Xerox Launches "Green" Business Paper
Xerox launched a business paper made with fewer chemicals and energy and half as many trees. Though the paper is cheaper and greener, the lower quality may deter purchasers looking for sturdier papers. 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
Green Seal Revises Cleaners Standards: GS-8 and GS-37
The revision of GS-37 for institutional green cleaners is in the scoping phase and a revised GS-08 standard for household cleaners is now available. Visit the Responsible Purchasing More More
Green Seal Revisions for Paint Standards Continue
GS-11 and GC-3—Green Seal's Environmental Standards for Paints and Anticorrosive Paints, respectively—are currently undergoing revision. As part of the revision process, Green Seal will consolidate GC-3 into GS-11. More More
Harvard Partners With Green Seal to Train Campus Custodians
Harvard University’s Green Campus Initiative (HGCI) extended its program in 2004 to include a campus-wide green cleaning initiative. The university has partnered with Green Seal, Inc. to train custodial employees per the guidelines in GS-42, Green S 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
New Report Finds Benefits from Plug-in Hybrids
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) just released a comprehensive report on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). More More
Big Savings from EPEAT Registered Computers
On July 17, the Green Electronics Council (GEC) released a report measuring the environmental benefits from sales of EPEAT registered computers. The report finds impressive environmental benefits from EPEAT computers compared to conventional machines. 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
WEBCAST: Purchasing Responsible Electronics
Printers, copiers, faxes, and multifunction machines are integral parts of modern offices. On July 24, 2007, RPN hosted the WEBCAST: Purchasing Responsible Office Electronics. 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
San Francisco Bans Bottled Water at City Offices
San Francisco’s Mayor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order prohibiting city departments and agencies from buying bottled water. Data show that 40 million gallons of oil are needed to make the plastic water bottles Americans purchase each year. In More More
Green-e Certifies Shell's RECs
The Center for Resource Solutions announced today that Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) offered by Shell Trading (Coral Energy Holding L.P.) are now Green-e certified. Shell Trading joins the network of renewable energy providers who offer products certifi More More
Las Vegas Reduces Fleet Emissions with Fuel Additive
The City of Las Vegas, Nevada has reduced NOx emissions from its diesel-powered fleet vehicles by eighteen percent through continued use of an advanced fuel additive. More More
Green Cleaning Award Competition Now Open
The Green Cleaning Network, Healthy Schools Campaign and American School & University (AS&U) magazine recently launched the Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities that will recognize exemplary green cleaning programs in educational inst 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
Gold rated EPEAT Desktop Now Available
The Green Electronics Council, a recent RPN Extern recipient, and Hewlett-Packard announced that the HP rp5700 Business Desktop PC is the first product to meet the stringent requirements that comprise the “gold” status of the Electronic Produc 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
NYC Taxi Fleet Fully Hybrid by 2012
Mayor Bloomberg announced new emissions and mileage standards for yellow taxicabs that will lead to a fully hybrid fleet by 2012. More More
Staples Launches Electronics Collection/Recycling Program
Boston - Staples, Inc. today became the first major retailer to collect used electronics from its customers. The announcement came three years after a trial effort showed that items such as computers could be easily recycled at low cost to consumers and r More More
King County Expands Fleet of Hybrid Buses
Building on its leadership, King County, Washington announced a new contract for the purchase of up to 500 new articulated hybrid buses. More More
Green Clean Schools Act Sails Through Illinois Senate
Children, teachers, and school staff in Illinois will soon breathe a little easier during the school day. With a 52-5 vote in the Senate today, Illinois became the second state to enact legislation requiring green cleaning in schools. 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
New! Responsible Purchasing Guide for Paint
The Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) launches the Responsible Purchasing Guide for Paint. The Guide will be available on the web, as a PDF, and in print, and includes: an overview of the environmental and social impacts of paint; rec 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
Air Quality Impacts of Ethanol Debated
A recent study published by an atmospheric scientist at Stanford University used a sophisticated computer model to predict the air quality impacts of ethanol-fueled vehicles. The Stanford study concluded that ethanol poses a significant public health thre More More
Green Seal Paint Standards Revision Planned
Green Seal, Inc. announced plans to revise its independent environmental standards for GS-11 Architectural Coatings (Paints) and GS-03 Anti-Corrosive Paints and has called for comments on relevant issues to consider. As planned, the revision will inc 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