Responsible Purchasing Network
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New American Dream Logo Beta Site Launched

February 15, 2007

Source: Responsible Purchasing Network

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 with leading edge social and environmental characteristics, while optimizing cost and quality, and ensuring availability.

The website features RPN’s series of Responsible Purchasing Guides for cleaners, computers, fleet vehicles, office supplies, and paint. Each Guide includes covers social and environmental issues, best practices, model policies and specifications, standards information, and product listings.

The site covers the most important events, trends, and news stories affecting purchasers; and includes a variety of networking opportunities, discussion boards and job listings – connecting purchasing professionals with experts and peers.

“RPN is dedicated to improving human health and the environment through best practices, superior products, improved supply, purchasing tools, market education, and peer networking,” says the RPN Director Chris O’Brien. With growing public awareness of the issues, institutional purchasers are uniquely positioned to take the lead in solving urgent human health and environmental problems.

Representing one in five dollars spent in the US, institutional purchasers have tremendous power to affect change. Every year, state and local governments alone spend more than $400 billion on products and services. By leveraging this spending towards the procurement of socially and environmentally preferable goods and services, buyers are increasing market demand, stimulating innovation, and creating new economic opportunities.

Visit to learn how to join the Responsible Purchasing Network – because every purchase matters.

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