|EPP Purchasing Standards Help Departments Buy Green |
The State of California promotes the procurement of sustainable products that are designed to reduce adverse impacts to the environment and human health. Departments shall consider all health and environmental factors as early as possible in their acquisition planning and decision-making processes.
Pursuant to Executive Order B-18-12, departments shall purchase and use environmentally preferable products when compared with competing goods that serve the same purpose, whenever applicable, perform well, and are cost-effective. Departments are required to purchase commodities that meet DGS Purchasing Standards when available on the DGS Buying Green website.
|Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council |
The State of California Procurement Division participated as a Founding member in the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) Founding Summit on August 27, 2013. The Founding Summit brought together a remarkably diverse group of action-oriented individuals and organizations to lay the foundation for the SPLC and it’s mission and objectives.
In the months to come, the Council will develop several new, important, useful resources, and will finalize a set of Principles for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing.
Keep up to date on the SPLC’s Founding Summit materials and progress in the development of resources by signing up for email updates.
Sign up for Sustainable Leadership Council Updates
Visit SPLC to learn more about the organization and it’s mission
|Sarta presents: The 7th Annual CleanStart Showcase |
This day-long event will feature investors, innovators, researchers, entrepreneurs, companies and other experts discussing important topics that aim to accelerate the development of clean technology ventures within the greater Sacramento region.
McClellan Conference Center | Wednesday, October 16, 2013
For more information please visit Clean Start Showcase
|Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program |
The California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program announces the availability of up to $2,100,000 in grant funds to help prepare for the increased use of alternative transportation fuels and vehicles. A Pre-Application Workshop will be held August 23; though optional, attendance is encouraged. Applications will be accepted until funds are exhausted or April 30, 2014, whichever occurs first.
Get Further Details on PON-13-603
|Buying Green: Launch of Nationwide Initiative to Standardize Sustainable Purchasing |
The Department of General Services (DGS), Procurement Division (PD), a founding member of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC), invites you to join the launch of this nationwide initiative to standardize sustainable purchasing.
The SPLC is a coalition of large purchasers, suppliers, standards bodies, government agencies and nonprofits. It aims to solve the biggest obstacle to sustainable institutional purchasing: a lack of standardization in how sustainable purchasing is defined, guided, measured and rewarded.
If you are interested in learning more about this council, the importance of its mission, and what’s next, you should view this recorded webcast and read "Your FAQs Answered."
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Go to "Your FAQs Answered"
|'LEED for sustainable purchasing' to help corporate buyers |
The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) aims to level the playing field by bringing together best practices, defining green products and recognizing organizations that have taken big strides to source sustainability. read more ...
|California takes the lead on new green procurement standards |
The State of California Department of General Services and the City of San Francisco have joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office Depot, FedEx, the National Association of Procurement Officers, various universities and market advisers as founding members of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council. read more ...
|New coalition aims to accelerate 'sustainable' purchasing |
On July 23, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) will launch with a live webcast from Washington, D.C. SPLC’s founding members include the cities of San Francisco and Washington D.C., California Department of General Services, Office Depot (NYSE: ODP), FedEx (NYSE: FDX), Ecolab, Arizona State and Michigan State universities, UL Environment, FairTradeUSA, and others.
To view the recorded webcast, please visit Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
|Webcast: Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council Launch |
The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) is being launched, via live webcast from Washington D.C. The SPLC is a new nonprofit organization that supports and recognizes organizations for strategic leadership in understanding and taking responsibility for the consequences of their goods and services spending. The SPLC is comprised of leaders from public and private institutions, and has been developed to standardize how sustainable purchasing is defined. As one of the founding members, the DGS EPP team invites you to join us for the webcast on July 23, 2013, 1:00PM ET.
For more information please visit Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
|Training: Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Workshop |
State Employees: Interested in learning more about Environmentally Preferable Purchasing, also known as Buying Green, and how you can incorporate Buying Green practices into your purchases?
The Department of General Services Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program, through the California Procurement & Contracting Academy (Cal-PCA), is hosting this half-day Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Workshop for State Employees on May 2, 2013 from 8:30am to 12:00pm.
|Green Summit - Greening By Example |
This year's Green Summit will be held at:
Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
April 18, 2013 and April 19, 2013
For more information, please visit the Green Summit
|A Guide for Pesticide Registrants is now available |
The Department of Pesticide Regulation’s manual “A Guide for Pesticide Registrants” is now available. It provides DPR’s stakeholders with step-by-step instructions for registering, amending, and renewing different types of pesticide products in California. The manual will assist new and current registrants with understanding California’s pesticide product registration process. The manual includes references to California data requirements and standards on the DPR website at:
Department of Pesticide Regulation - Guidance
|Air Resources Board (ARB) Consumer Products Program |
The Air Resources Board (ARB) Consumer Products Program is an important part of California’s efforts to reduce the amount of smog-forming volatile organic compounds, toxic air contaminants and greenhouse gases emitted from chemically formulated consumer products.
ARB’s consumer-products regulations have resulted in emission reductions of nearly 50 percent since 1990, but more is needed to meet federally required health-based air-quality standards. Emission reductions when imposed impact the products the state buys.
The Air Resources Board staff has posted the staff’s presentation for the February 26, 2013, public workshop on proposed amendments to the Aerosol Coatings and Consumer Products Regulations.
The presentation can be found on Consumer Products Regulations
|Buying Transportation Refrigeration Units or Shipping Refrigerated Goods? |
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has posted Transport Refrigeration Unit (TRU) Advisory 13-26 TRU Dealer Requirements on ARB’s TRU Website.
TRU Advisory 13-26 explains the new requirements that apply to dealers of TRU, TRU generator sets, and TRU-equipped trucks and trailers. It also explains the conditions that must be met by dealers to allow purchasing, selling, acquiring, possessing, and transporting non-compliant TRUs.
Click here for more information on the TRU Advisory
|Employment Opportunity |
Do you enjoy buying goods, services and products that save money and protect the environment? Do you value intriguing and challenging assignments? If the answer to these questions is yes than we have an opportunity for you. The Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Team is currently seeking to fill an OPEN position for an Assistant Procurement Engineer at its West Sacramento location. To find out more about this amazing opportunity please click on the links provided. RPA 5978 FINAL FILING DATE: 03/14/2013 Open the job bulletin
|2013 Zero-emission Vehicle (ZEV) Action Plan |
Governor Brown’s office issues a 2013 Zero-emission Vehicle (ZEV) Action Plan detailing concrete actions that state agencies are taking to help accelerate the market for plug-in electric vehicles and fuel cell electric.
Click here to read more on the ZEV action plan
|Introducing the Performance and Environmental Standards Workgroup |
DGS has launched its Performance and Environmental Standards Workgroup (PES), formerly known as California's EPP Task Force. A collaborative of state environmental subject matter experts, procurement officials and procurement engineers. The PES is a committee to develop and vet state purchasing standard specifications and state purchasing policy.
Click here to read more about the PES Workgroup and view the meeting schedule