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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.

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Reducing the state’s waste though recycled plastic bag purchasesReducing the state’s waste though recycled plastic bag purchases

State and local government agencies can reduce landfill waste by taking advantage of the mandatory statewide plastic trash bag contract.  The contract is EPP and State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign (SABRC) compliant because it requires recycled plastic post-consumer material (RPPCM) and post-consumer recycled material to be used in the trash bags in order to divert waste and conserve natural resources. Information is available in the Buying Green Guide under “Cleaning Products”. Once there, click on “Plastic Trash Bags”, then "Green Contracts" tab, click “Buy Green Now” for user instructions, pricing and product details will be presented.  Clink on the links to find more information about the Recycled Content Trash Bag Program and manufacturers and wholesalers that meet plastic trash bag requirements.


Decreasing Fuel Consumption and Landfill waste through State Tire PurchasesDecreasing Fuel Consumption and Landfill waste through State Tire Purchases

State and local government agencies can now help reduce fuel consumption and landfill waste by taking advantage of the EPP compliant statewide tire contract that offer Take-back for used tires! For more information visit the Buying Green Guide. Once there, click on “Transportation”, then “Parts and Equipment”, select "Green Contracts" tab and click on “Buy Green Now” to view contract user instructions, pricing, product details and more.


Reducing our emissions as a Society through California Million Light Bulb ChallengeReducing our emissions as a Society through California Million Light Bulb Challenge

State employees, UC and CSU students, staff, faculty and alumni can purchase light bulbs via the secure Million Light Bulb Challenge website and have them shipped directly to their home at nearly half the price of online competitors! The website features a number of educational resources to help consumers understand their options and support their lighting purchases. Users also will be able to see the total number of light bulbs purchased, estimated energy savings and estimated reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.


Reducing the state’s Carbon Footprint though Electric Vehicles PurchasesReducing the state’s Carbon Footprint though Electric Vehicles Purchases

State employee’s, state and local government agencies can now drive down greenhouse gas emissions by taking advantage of the Department of General Services’ statewide electrical vehicle and supply equipment contracts. Contract pricing paired with Clean Vehicle Rebate, Clean Fuel Rebate, and a tax break offer substantial savings. These products support furtherance of Executive Order (EO) B-16-12, EO B-18-12,  guide state agencies in their exercise of EO B-16-12’s public safety vehicle exemption and reimbursement during public/employee use of state EV charging infrastructure. Agencies can find more information in the Buying Green Guide under “Transportation”. Once there, click on “Vehicles”, then "Green Contracts" and search any of the contract numbers listed for information on user instructions, pricing and product details.   


Increasing the state’s Energy Savings through LED Lighting PurchasesIncreasing the state’s Energy Savings through LED Lighting Purchases

State employee’s, state and local government agencies can now increase energy savings by taking advantage of the Department of General Services’ statewide lamps contracts and product take-back programs to aid in waste diversion goals. Also offered is LED Lighting Solutions that meet the Voluntary California Quality LED Lamp Specification and ENERGY STAR® requirements to deliver consumers’ expectations of lighting quality and performance.

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

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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.

For more information, contact:
buygreen@dgs.ca.gov

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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