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What is Buying Green?

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) is the procurement of goods and services that have a reduced impact on human health and the environment as compared to other goods and services serving the same purpose (Public Contract Code §12400-12404). In simple terms, EPP means “buying green.”  The law also states that the Department of General Services (DGS) is to provide state agencies with information and assistance regarding EPP. In response, DGS developed a best practices manual - the Buying Green Guide. This guide provides information, tools and tips for buyers and provides insight to suppliers on how the state views green products and businesses.


Webinar: ENERGY STAR® and Green Building Rating SystemsWebinar: ENERGY STAR® and Green Building Rating Systems

ENERGY STAR® is hosting a free webinar on green building rating systems, on June 14, 2018. Attendees will learn how to use EPA tools and resources to meet the requirements of green building rating systems, such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Green Globes system, IREM Certified Sustainable Properties, and BOMA BEST.

Register for the webinar

How to Buy New Lighting from a State Contract and Cooperative AgreementHow to Buy New Lighting from a State Contract and Cooperative Agreement

DGS is excited to announce two new lighting state contracts. The state contracts offer lamps, product take-back programs and meet EPP criteria that aids waste diversion. We also offer LED Lighting Solutions that meet the Voluntary California Quality LED Lamp Specification and ENERGY STAR® requirements. Buying from this agreement meets EPP criteria through energy savings.

Contracts are available to state employee’s, state and local government agencies at Once there, click on "Green Contracts" tab then choose any of the contract numbers listed for information on user instructions, pricing and product details.

Webinar: Tire Sustainability and Retread TiresWebinar: Tire Sustainability and Retread Tires

The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) is hosting a free webinar on Tire Sustainability, on June 12, 2018.  Attendees will hear both the industry and user perspective.


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DTSC Releases Guide to Help Manufacturers Identify Safer AlternativesDTSC Releases Guide to Help Manufacturers Identify Safer Alternatives

California Department of Toxic Control Substances (DTSC) under its Safer Consumer Products (SCP) program released the Alternatives Analysis Guide, which was developed to help manufacturers identify safer alternatives to hazardous ingredients in certain consumer products. To learn more about the guide, visit the Alternatives Analysis web page. 

DGS Honored for Green Office Leasing PracticesDGS Honored for Green Office Leasing Practices
The Department of General Services has been honored for green office leasing practices by the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Better Buildings Alliance as one of the nation's top 2017 Green Lease Leaders. Greening a lease agreement cuts costs and saves energy which provides a better value for both landlord and tenant. This in turn can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

DGS Sustainable Purchasing Stakeholder Forum 2017 DGS Sustainable Purchasing Stakeholder Forum 2017

The Sustainable Purchasing Stakeholder Forum held at DGS headquarters on February 28, 2017, was a great success. DGS thanks all agencies for supporting the event and staff attendance. The Forum was an informative session to introduce the results of an economic input/output life-cycle spend. analysis and engage agencies to further inquiries in collaborative workshops. The presentation and workshop materials are accessible through the links below. Agencies are encouraged to share the information internally and email with “Sustainable Purchasing Stakeholder Forum 2017 Survey” in the subject line to request sustainable purchasing consultation services.

To View the Sustainability Stakeholder Forum Information Select a Link Below:

To learn more about spend analysis and strategies to improve sustainability in procurement programs visit the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council website and attend the upcoming Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council 2017 Summit held on May 8-10.

Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council 2017 Summit held on May 8-10, will bring together 400 leading sustainable purchasing experts and practitioners from a wide variety of sectors and regions for two days of best practice sharing, training, and relationship building. This year’s Summit features 60+ speakers in dozens of interactive workshops. As an SPLC Member, we're pleased to invite you to SAVE 10 percent on registration with the MEMBERREFERRAL discount code.

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Art of Procurement Podcast – Sustainability in Procurement with Jim ButlerArt of Procurement Podcast – Sustainability in Procurement with Jim Butler

Art of Procurement is a leading source for procurement professionals and leaders to learn from peers. In this podcast, Jim Butler, DGS’s Chief Procurement Officer, discusses how the State of California embeds sustainability into its procurement of goods and services. You will learn why sustainability is important to California and the journey taken to embed it into the supply chain.

Listen to the podcast here
Jim Butler starts at 4:34


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The Buying Green Guide

Buying Green Guide for Buyers

Buying Green Guide for Suppliers

Enter the Buying Green Guide for either Buyers or Suppliers by clicking the appropriate button above.

The guide provides state buyers and suppliers with a single source of up-to-date green contracts, DGS purchasing standards, bid specifications, and buying tips.
EPP Questions Answered

View our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Purchasing Standards

Buy Green with DGS Purchasing Standards!

FI$Cal Job Aids

Learn how to Buy Green in FI$Cal. Access procedures, a job aid, and a quick reference guide to the EPP fields.

Crosswalk for the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code (UNSPSC), North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and Product Service Codes (PSC) can be accessed below.

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