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 on Thursday, July 19, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST.
This webinar covered:
- Strategies public agencies can use to identify and procure products that reduce energy consumption and/or greenhouse gas emissions or that yield other climate protection benefits.
- Model green purchasing policies and specifications for products like office equipment with top tier efficiency ratings and products that are made with recycled content or that reduce transportation impacts.
- A model awards program to recognize facilities that successfully purchase products with leadership-level sustainability attributes that save energy, conserve water, and reduce health and environmental impacts.
- How the GreenBuy Program incentivizes U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) purchasers to procure products whose performance goes "beyond compliance," integrating sustainable approaches and materials into their missions.
- How municipal governments, like King County (WA) have gone from buying recycled products in the early 1990s to purchasing a range of environmentally preferable products from copy paper to hybrid buses.
- A new and evolving county approach to using consumption-based emissions inventories to figure out how to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions in purchasing and green county operations.
- Alicia Culver, Director of the Responsible Purchasing Network
- Jeff Eagan, Sustainable Acquisition and Electronics Stewardship Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Sustainability Support
- Shabnam (Shab) Fardanesh, Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Sustainable Acquisition Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Sustainability Support
- Karen Hamilton, Manages the Environmental Purchasing Program for King County, Washington
View the slides here: http://www.epa.gov/smm/web-academy/2012/jul12.htm.