What is Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP)

January 4th, 2011

During your procurement planning process you probably talked a lot about supporting your company?s environmental initiatives or reducing your total carbon footprint. So, just how are you going to do that?

For guidance with your green purchasing practices, one place to begin is our federal governments Environmental Protection Agency or EPA.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a number of programs that as a result of government use offer companies a great opportunity to educate themselves in support of their social responsibility initiatives.

One of those programs, the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) helps the federal government “buy green,” and in doing so, uses the federal government’s enormous buying power to stimulate market demand for green products and services. Geared first to help federal purchasers, this site can help green vendors, businesses large and small — and consumers. Use the easy index to:
??Find and evaluate information about green products and services;
??Identify federal green buying requirements;
??Calculate the costs and benefits of purchasing choices;
??Manage green purchasing processes.

The U.S. EPA website www.epa.gov contains a wealth of information relative to finding and evaluating green products in any number of categories from construction to office supplies. If you truly review and evaluate the green portion of your company or individual social consciousness regularly the? U.S. EPA site is a great place to start.

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