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RPN Awards Responsible Purchasing Externs

May 14, 2007

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Three RPN members have been chosen to host RPN-funded Responsible Purchasing Externs. The Citizen's Environmental Coalition in Albany, NY will host a year-long RPN extern to work on state legislation and an executive order mandating environmental procurement in New York state. The extern will also work with a broad coalition of groups reviewing state contracts and making recommendations for contract specifications that include strong social and environmental requirements.

The Green Electronics Council is combining the RPN Extern award with additional funding to hire a full time Program Outreach Manager to promote EPEAT - the Electronic Products Envirnmental Assessment Tool. The position will specifically be tasked with working with RPN memebrs to help identify EPEAT products in contract specifications.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will utilize an RPN Extern to revise and update the Minnesota EPP Guide, work on several upcoming contract specifications, and work on a pilot EPP implementation project with one Minnesota jurisdiction.

Positions for the first two externships are posted on the RPN website and the Minnesota position will be posted soon.

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