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2017

DTSC Releases Guide to Help Manufacturers Identify Safer Alternatives  DTSC 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 devika.singh@dgs.ca.gov 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.

Register for Summit


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


Sustainable Purchasing Stakeholder ForumSustainable Purchasing Stakeholder Forum

The Department of General Services (DGS), Procurement Division is pleased to announce the Sustainable Purchasing Stakeholder Engagement Forum to be held at the DGS Ziggurat Auditorium on Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This event is part of an ongoing initiative, coordinated by DGS, to transform and realign existing procurement practices across all agencies to better support the governor’s strategic policy priorities, with emphasis on efforts to increase environmentally preferable purchasing and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Purchasing and contracting officers, chief administrative sustainability officers, and program administrative managers are invited to attend.

For questions or registrations, please contact Daniel Q. Garza.


Green California Summit and Exposition 2017Green California Summit and Exposition 2017

The 2017 Green California Summit and Expo will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center on April 26-27. The expo will feature new technologies and best practices in building, energy and water conservation, clean transportation, and more.

For registration and more information, please visit: Green Technology

2016

Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council 2017 Summit  Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council 2017 Summit

The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) is hosting their 2017 Summit on May 8-10 in Denver, Colorado. SPLC’s annual Summit brings together 400+ leading procurement and sustainability professionals, suppliers, and NGO experts in order to share, simplify, and spread the best sustainable purchasing practices across the whole economy. The program features workshops, presentations, lightning talks, roundtable sessions, and more.

Register for Summit


For the State Buyer: How to Buy Green Step by Step InstructionsFor the State Buyer: How to Buy Green Step by Step Instructions

Learn how to purchase the State of California environmentally preferable way. EPP has published a comprehensive step by step guide that provides detailed instructions for state buyers on How to Buy Green and How to Record Green Purchases in FI$Cal.

FI$Cal Job Aids

Release of the California Sustainable Freight Action PlanRelease of the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan

The final version of the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan, reflecting input provided by various stakeholders in May to July 2016, has been released. It was developed in response to Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-32-15 and prepared by a collaboration of several state agencies. The action plan establishes strategies to meet State sustainability targets and moves California’s freight system towards a more efficient future.

To view the plan, please visit:http://www.casustainablefreight.org.


SPLC Outstanding Case Study AwardSPLC Outstanding Case Study Award

The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council awarded the State of California an Outstanding Case Study Award for Integrating Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) into California’s eProcurement Process. The implementation of a new EPP module into FI$Cal enables agencies across the state to consider EPP as an integral part within their procurement process. EPP integration in FI$Cal also promotes California’s transparency, its commitment to “buy green”, and market innovation in the way California’s government conducts its procurement processes.


2016 Global Survey on Sustainable Procurement: lend us your views!2016 Global Survey on Sustainable Procurement: lend us your views!

United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability  and Korean Environmental Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI) and over 93 partner organizations are eager to hear your opinion on sustainable purchasing trends. Participate in the 2016 Global Review of SPP Stakeholder Survey! Available in English and Spanish.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SPP_2016


California's First Annual Alternative Transportation ExpositionCalifornia's First Annual Alternative Transportation Exposition

The Department of General Services invites you to a first-ever Alternative Transportation Expo and Ride & Drive event, where you can view and test drive the alternative fuel vehicles that are available to state and local agencies through DGS’ contract.

Alternative Transportation Expo and Ride & Drive
Monday, May 9 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
State Capitol, west steps/lawn

Alternative cars are now more mainstream than ever before and as a result of the Governor’s leadership, California is leading the nation in adoption of clean technology vehicles on a state, commercial and consumer level. We hope you’ll join us at this landmark event

See flyer for the Alternative Transportation Expo


Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council 2016 Summit Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council 2016 Summit

The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) is hosting their 2016 Annual Conference Summit on May 24-26 in Washington, D.C. SPLC’s annual Summit brings together 300+ leading procurement and sustainability professionals, suppliers, and NGO experts in order to share, simplify, and spread the best sustainable purchasing practices across the whole economy. The program features 45+ sessions in which 100+ experts and practitioners will be sharing actionable and innovative ideas in an intimate setting.

Register for Summit


Green California Summit and Exposition 2016 Green California Summit and Exposition 2016

The Annual Green California Summit and Exposition is returning to Sacramento! DGS Procurement Division will be presenting an education session on purchasing. Please see below for more details.

Sacramento Convention Center
Exhibit Hall & Meeting Rooms
1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
April 21, 2016 and April 22, 2016

For more information, please visit the Green Summit.

2015

Buy Green Fuel: Renewable DieselBuy Green Fuel: Renewable Diesel

Renewable diesel is made from renewable resources and has a lower carbon intensity than conventional diesel. Because this commodity is made from renewable resources, it is considered an environmentally preferable purchase. The Department of General Services has recently released new contracts and policy (Management Memo 15-07) for renewable diesel fuel.

View the Fuel Contracts


CA Recognized for Green FleetCA Recognized for Green Fleet

During the annual Green Fleet Conference held in Ohio earlier this month, the State of California was recognized for its green fleet operations. The award competition, which is open to all federal, state, and local governments, is judged based on seven categories: fleet composition, fuel and emissions, policy and planning, fleet utilization, education, executive and employee involvement, and supporting programs.

View State of California Contracts for cars and trucks.
Read more about the 2015 Government Green Fleet Award.


Announcing New and Improved Layout for Buying GreenAnnouncing New and Improved Layout for Buying Green

Welcome to the new and improved Buying Green website. This new layout will provide better support and functionality for large screen monitors and mobile device users. While content accessibility has improved, please ensure your devices are running the most updated version of your browser for the best viewing experience.


DGS hosts Green Gov Challenge Innovation ContestDGS hosts Green Gov Challenge Innovation Contest

The Department of General Services and the Government Operations Agency are holding the Green Gov Challenge to award innovative California residents $25,00 for solutions to help improve California's sustainable operations. This contest is part of the new "Find a New Way program" (AB2138) signed into law last year by Governor Jerry Brown. Contestants will be focused on creating apps, visualizations, and other tools that may help improve government sustainability operations.

To register and learn more about the Green Gov Challenge


Green Profiles Making HeadlinesGreen Profiles Making Headlines

How Green Are Your State's Purchasing Practices? Association Now, a magazine published by American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), The Center for Association Leadership, has released this article on their website highlighting the NASPO State Green Purchasing Profiles that were announced earlier this month.


Government EPP Programs Across the Nation Now Profiled on NASPOGovernment EPP Programs Across the Nation Now Profiled on NASPO

The National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) Green Purchasing Committee set out to identify and share environmentally preferable purchasing best practices. California's EPP program contributed as part of the committee in the recently developed State Green Purchasing Profiles. These profiles highlight each state that practices green purchasing. Navigate the profiles using the State Green Profile Map


Government EPP Programs Across the Nation Now Profiled on NASPOGovernment EPP Programs Across the Nation Now Profiled on NASPO

The National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) Green Purchasing Committee set out to identify and share environmentally preferable purchasing best practices. California's EPP program contributed as part of the committee in the recently developed State Green Purchasing Profiles. These profiles highlight each state that practices green purchasing. Navigate the profiles using the State Green Profile Map


California Drought News & ResourcesCalifornia Drought News & Resources

The California Drought Portal is the primary source of news reporting California's current drought issues and conditions. Additionally, it links to resources and partnering websites for further information.

Save Our Water, a statewide website, provides ideas and inspiration for permanently reducing water use.


Examination Opportunity: Associate Procurement EngineerExamination Opportunity: Associate Procurement Engineer

An open exam for Associate Procurement Engineer is now posted. Final Filing Date is June 19, 2015. Procurement Engineers are an integral member to a team of procurement professionals focusing on procuring goods and services to assist state agencies in carrying out their mission. For further information and details on how to apply for the exam click here to view the exam bulletin.


DGS Procurement Division's Customer ForumDGS Procurement Division's Customer Forum

Event will be held on September 23, 2015 from 9:00am - 11:30 am at the Ziggurat Auditorium

Department of General Services
707 3rd Street
West Sacramento, CA 95605

Get Event Details

How To Do Business With The StateHow To Do Business With The State

DGS Procurement Division has created the How To Do Business With The State brochure and webinars series to educate the community on marketing to the state. These valuable resources are a concise introduction to the opportunities within the state and secrets to success.

Webinars (in the Resource Information tab)
How To Do Business With The State - English Brochure
How To Do Business With The State - Spanish Brochure


Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards - Call For ApplicationsGovernor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards - Call For Applications

Apply for the state's most prestigious environmental achievement award. Online applications for the 2015 Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards (GEELA) program are now open.


Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council 2015 SummitSustainable Purchasing Leadership Council 2015 Summit

The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) is hosting their 2015 Annual Conference Summit on May 27-28 at Seattle, Washington. This is an opportunity for professionals in public, private and nonprofit organizations to learn more about current best practices in sustainable purchasing, share sustainability knowledge, network, and also provide feedback on the development of SPLC programs. Get a 10% discount when registering for the Summit as a non-member with the discount code MEMBERREFERRAL.

Register for the Summit


New Website Tracks Progress Towards State Sustainability GoalsNew Website Tracks Progress Towards State Sustainability Goals

In celebration of Earth Day, California has launched a new website to show state progress towards reducing its environmental footprint by greening the state's buildings, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing water use.

DGS Press Release
Green Buildings Website
Executive Order on Green Buildings


DGS Procurement Division's Customer ForumDGS Procurement Division's Customer Forum

Event will be held on May 20, 2015 from 9:00am - 11:30AM at the Ziggurat Auditorium.

Department of General Services
707 3rd Street
West Sacramento, CA 95605

Click here to register for the forum


Green California Summit and ExpositionGreen California Summit and Exposition

The Green California Summit and Exposition is coming to Sacramento! Please see below for more details.

Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
April 7, 2015 and April 8, 2015 For more information, please visit the Green Summit.

Join us for these special education opportunities:
  • Doing Business with the State of California & Environmentally Preferable Purchasing on April 7th, 2015 from 11:00am to noon in the Expo Hall at the Buyer/Vendor Lounge.
  • Sustainable Purchasing Mini Summit on April 8th, 2015 from 1:30pm to 3:45pm.

Buying Green - Perspectives on Energy Efficient LampsBuying Green - Perspectives on Energy Efficient Lamps

DGS' Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program has published, Buying Green - Perspectives on Energy Efficient Lamps . A valuable resource for anyone considering energy efficient lighting solutions.

Buying Green Information Bulletin: Low-Wattage T8 Fluorescent Lamps
Buying Green Information Bulletin: LED Replacements for Linear Fluorescent Lighting


Buying Green Lamp Lifecycle CalculatorBuying Green Lamp Lifecycle Calculator

DGS' Environmentally Preferable Purchasing program partnered with California Lighting Technology Center to develop a web-based lifecycle cost calculator to calculate cost of lamp ownership over time. The calculator displays an estimated comparison between existing lighting technologies and more new energy efficient technologies that are commercially available today.

Lamp Calculator


EPP Questions AnsweredEPP Questions Answered

Visit the Buying Green Frequently Asked Questions for answers to our most frequently asked questions. For all other environmentally preferable purchasing inquiries, email buygreen@dgs.ca.gov.


DGS EPP and SABRC Compliant ContractsDGS EPP and SABRC Compliant Contracts

The California Department of General Services (DGS) offers statewide contracts that assist state agencies and the legislature to achieve State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign (SABRC) compliance, as defined by Public Contract Code Sections 12153-12156, and support California Department of Resources, Recycling, and Recovery’s (CalRecycle) waste diversion goals. These contracts offer and promote products containing recycled materials that meet the SABRC postconsumer recycled content requirement for that category. As state agencies increase their SABRC purchases and recycled resource utilization improves in the marketplace, solid waste intended for California’s landfills will be diverted and subsequently lessen the burden of waste management on future generations.

The Buying Green website contains links to EPP and SABRC compliant contracts. Additionally, the DGS State Contract Index List indicates, both, EPP and SABRC compliance by contract.

Click here to view the State Contract Index List
Click here for more information on SABRC and SABRC reporting


Learn How to Buy GreenLearn How to Buy Green

DGS EPP program and California Procurement & Contracting Academy (Cal-PCA) have partnered to educate state buyers on Buying Green through Cal-PCA Basic. Attend any Cal-PCA Basic to learn the basics on how to incorporate EPP into your procurement.


Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council: Pilot Program WebinarSustainable Purchasing Leadership Council: Pilot Program Webinar

On November 21st, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council had a webcast for their pilot program. The pilot program is an early access trial to receive implementation support for developing a strategic sustainable purchasing program. This is also a chance for participating organizations to give feedback for the Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0.

To view the recorded webinar with Related Links and Questions & Answers:
Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council: Pilot Overview


Green Best Practices: Measuring EPP SuccessGreen Best Practices: Measuring EPP Success

In a presentation for NASPO on Green Best Practices, the State of California EPP program explored the topic of ‘measuring success” and shared California’s experience and challenges in developing metrics and assessing spend versus environmental impacts.

Recorded Webinar with slide deck:
NASPO Green Purchasing Webinar Series, Resources


Green Guide for Greener State BuildingsGreen Guide for Greener State Buildings

The State Administrative Manual (SAM) now features a central location (Chapter 1800) for state policies that are focused on sustainable building operations and practices. The material will be updated as additional sustainability policies are released.

Read more DGS Newswire
SAM Chapter 1800
Green Building Executive Order

2014

NASPO Webinar: NASPO Webinar: "Leveraging ENERGY STAR and EPA's Work"

NASPO's first 2014-2015 webinar for the Green Purchasing Webinar Series featuring representatives from US Environmental Protection Agency, Una Song and Stephan Sylvan

September 30, 2014, 11:00 am-12:00 pm PDT

View the registration flyer


NASPO releases Green Purchasing GuideNASPO releases Green Purchasing Guide

NASPO is pleased to  announce the release of the Green Purchasing Guide. The guide is an update of the 2009 online piece and provides a great resource to purchasers.

The new guide is presented in an easy-to-use format with improved aesthetics and revised content which reflects current environmentally preferable purchasing practices (a.k.a. green purchasing), recommended steps and strategies to implement a green purchasing program, and links to other resources.

The guide is available on NASPO's website


Unveiling of SPLC's Principles for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing Unveiling of SPLC's Principles for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing

The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council will be unveiling their Principles for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing during an upcoming webcast hosted by GreenBiz’s Joel Makower, on May 7, 2014.

By providing a common reference point for excellence, the Principles are expected to enable greater alignment and bench-marking of sustainable purchasing efforts across all types of organizations operating within the purchasing marketplace. The Council believes these Principles will help the institutional purchasing community achieve its full transformative potential by enabling efficient sharing of best practices, solutions, training, bench-marking, recognition, and policy efforts among organizations, sectors and regions.

The Principles are being released in advance and in preparation for the Council’s upcoming public meeting on May 20-21 in Washington, DC.

Register for the Webcast
Learn more about the upcoming Washington, DC Public Meeting


DGS Sustainability Experts at 2014 Green SummitDGS Sustainability Experts at 2014 Green Summit

"DGS sustainability manager Dan Burgoyne talked about how the state is conserving water at government facilities during a panel discussion today at the Green Technology summit in Sacramento."

Read Full Article


California Drought EmergencyCalifornia Drought Emergency

California is in a drought emergency. The Association of California Water Agencies provides guidance on finding water efficient irrigation. We can all do our part to conserve this valuable resource.

Visit Save Our Water for water conservation tips.


Green California Summit and ExpositionGreen California Summit and Exposition
The Green California Summit is the most important annual conference in California focused on the Golden State's sustainability goals and the strategies, best practices and technologies that are helping state and local government achieve these goals. It is the largest annual gathering of public sector decision makers - and their partners in the private sector - who are working to ensure a green future for California.

Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento, CA | April 8-9, 2014

Learn More about the Green California Summit and Exposition


Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council 2014 Annual MeetingSustainable Purchasing Leadership Council 2014 Annual Meeting

SPLC's annual meeting provides an opportunity to learn best practices, share knowledge, build valuable relationships and influence the development of SPLC’s programs for guiding and benchmarking leadership in institutional sustainable purchasing.

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C. | May 20-21, 2014

Learn more about the SPLC 2014 Annual Meeting


Water Conservation Training for Government FacilitiesWater Conservation Training for Government Facilities

Please join the Department of General Services for a free Water Conservation Training for Government Facilities (also available via webinar). This training is designed for facility operators, managers, engineers, technicians and grounds personnel. Participants will include representatives from government agencies, universities, utility companies, municipal water districts, non-profits and professional associations who will share their knowledge of water conservation measures for government facilities. Training will focus on indoor fixture efficiency upgrades, urban landscape and irrigation efficiency, and funding resources, incentives & tools.

Ziggurat Auditorium at 707 3rd Street, West Sacramento, CA 95606 
March 12, 2014 | 8:30AM to 12:30PM

Agenda
View webpage for onsite training


Water-saving TipWater-saving Tip

Look for the WaterSense® label when selecting water-saving products.

The U.S. EPA’s WaterSense® label is an easy way to identify products that have been independently tested and certified for water efficiency and performance.

For more information, go to US EPA's WaterSense® website


Greening the Golden State through Sustainable Government OperationsGreening the Golden State through Sustainable Government Operations

At the direction of Governor Brown, California is reducing its environmental footprint through sustainable state government operations and practices including energy efficient building design and construction, renewable energy generation at state facilities, environmentally preferable purchasing, and green vehicle policies.

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2013

EPP Purchasing Standards Help Departments Buy GreenEPP 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 CouncilSustainable 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


<i>Sarta presents:</i> The 7th Annual CleanStart ShowcaseSarta 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 ProgramAlternative 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 PurchasingBuying 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."

View Recorded Webcast Now!
Download the Presentation Slides Now!
Go to "Your FAQs Answered"


'LEED for sustainable purchasing' to help corporate buyers'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.

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California takes the lead on new green procurement standardsCalifornia 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.

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New coalition aims to accelerate 'sustainable' purchasingNew 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 LaunchWebcast: 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 WorkshopTraining: 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 ExampleGreen 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 availableA 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 ProgramAir 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?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 OpportunityEmployment 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 Plan2013 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 WorkgroupIntroducing 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

2012

Webinar: Responsible Purchasing Network: Office Products RoundtableWebinar: Responsible Purchasing Network: Office Products Roundtable

Responsible Purchasing Network: Office Products Roundtable
October 31, 2012, 10:00 am-11:30 am PDT

To watch again: RPN Webinars


Sarta's Sixth Annual CleanStart Showcase: Spotlighting Sacramento Clean BusinessSarta's Sixth Annual CleanStart Showcase: Spotlighting Sacramento Clean Business

At the Sacramento State University Union on October 22, 2012. from 9:00AM PDT - 5:15PM PDT

For more information CleanStart


National Pollution Prevention Week: Highlight your Pollution Prevention AchievementsNational Pollution Prevention Week: Highlight your Pollution Prevention Achievements

This is a week for individuals, businesses, and governments to highlight their pollution prevention achievements.
September 17-23, 2012


Training: Environmentally Preferable Purchasing WorkshopTraining: Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Workshop
Half-Day Lectured Training, 8:30AM PDT
  • October 12, 2012
  • October 26, 2012

DGS: Excellence in Buying & Selling DGS: Excellence in Buying & Selling

As part of their Excellence in the Business of Government series, the Department of General Services has released the Excellence in Buying and Selling, a short video illustrating the many functions of the Procurement Division including highlights of our very own Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program.

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DTSC Extended 45-Day Public Comment PeriodDTSC Extended 45-Day Public Comment Period

Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has extended the 45-Day Public Comment Period on the Safer Consumer Product proposed regulations (published in the California Regulatory Notice Register (Z-2012-0717-04). The public comment period will now close on October 11, 2012 at 5:00 PM; however, the public hearing will proceed as scheduled on September 10, 2012.

Please direct any inquiries concerning this notice to:
Krysia Von Burg
Regulations Coordinator
Department of Toxic Substances Control
P.O. Box 806
Sacramento, CA 95812-0806
Tel: (916)324-2810 Fax: (916)324-1808
Email: gcregs@dtsc.ca.gov


Webinar: Choosing Safer Sanitizers and DisinfectantsWebinar: Choosing Safer Sanitizers and Disinfectants

Webinar
September 24, 2012. 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT


Clean Cars On The HorizonClean Cars On The Horizon

The state gears up its plan to utilize clean cars in its fleet. The Assembly approved AB2583 to expand the state's commitment to clean cars (hybrid, electric, or natural gas). AB2583 will create a larger incentive for using cleaner vehicles by improving the infrastructure for alternative fuel fueling facilities and electric vehicle charging stations. Next steps include procuring clean cars beginning 2015. Greenhouse gas emissions are projected to be greatly reduced by implementing these activities.

Read more about the law


Webinar: Green Purchasing - Tools for Federal, State, and Local GovernmentsWebinar: Green Purchasing - Tools for Federal, State, and Local Governments

Webinar
July 19, 2012. 1:00PM - 2:30PM EST

Click here to visit RPN for more information


Sustainable Packaging Coalition releases Sustainable Packaging Coalition releases "How2Recycle" Label

Buyers can assist in meeting CalRecycle 75% recycling goals by choosing products that identify best practices for managing packaging waste. “The Sustainable Packaging Coalition has released a new ‘How2Recycle’ label that is designed to provide consumers with transparent on-package recycling information. The label details allow consumers to quickly identify components, materials, or special recycling instructions of the packaging.

Read more on How2Recycle


Webinar: We are what we eat and breathe, and buildWebinar: We are what we eat and breathe, and build

We Are What We Eat and Breathe, and Build — Preventing chronic diseases and protecting the environment by building healthy communities

Webcast Lecturer: Richard Jackson, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.
Byron Sher Auditorium, 2nd Floor, Cal/EPA Building
1001 I Street, Sacramento, California
July 11, 2012. 12:00 PM (Noon)


State Seeks to Procure More Energy and Water Efficient ProductsState Seeks to Procure More Energy and Water Efficient Products

The Governor released EO-B-18-12 encompassing the Green Building Action Plan, requiring state agencies to operate resource conserving equipment. The state seeks to procure more EnergyStar® and WaterSense® rated products in order to meet these energy and water conservation goals. To learn more about these goals click Executive Order B-18-12 and Green Building Action Plan.


Webinar: Fluorescent Lighting; Phosphor Shortages and Marketplace StrategiesWebinar: Fluorescent Lighting; Phosphor Shortages and Marketplace Strategies

June 27, 2012. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT


Sustainable Design and Manufacturing RoundtableSustainable Design and Manufacturing Roundtable

NCMS Headquarters
3025 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
June 12, 2012

For more information, please visit Sustainable Design


California Sets Goals to Add Electric Vehicles to State's FleetCalifornia Sets Goals to Add Electric Vehicles to State's Fleet

The state plans to increase its purchase of zero emission vehicles. The Governor’s Executive Order B-16-2012 sets goals to increase the state’s electric vehicle fleet by 10 percent in 2015 and by 25 percent in 2020.

Click here to read more about EO B-16-2012


Solar Reflective Colors for State VehiclesSolar Reflective Colors for State Vehicles

The State of California is progressing further towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions through procuring light-duty passenger vehicles with solar reflective colors (white, silver metallic, and gold metallic). Studies have shown darker colors can raise a vehicle’s cabin temperature. Minimizing the use of air conditioning reduces the vehicle’s fuel consumption and thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

View Administrative Management Memo 12-03 (PDF)


Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network (WSPPN) Training & ConferenceWestern Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network (WSPPN) Training & Conference

Sheraton Grand Hotel
1230 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
May 15-17, 2012

For more information, please visit the WSPPN


Green Summit - Building a Green Future for the Golden StateGreen Summit - Building a Green Future for the Golden State

The Green Summit event will be at:
Sacramento Convention Center,
1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
April 26, 2012 and April 27, 2012

For more information, please visit the Green Summit

2011

CalPCA Training - Introductory Course for Buying GreenCalPCA Training - Introductory Course for Buying Green

Location: California Department of General Services, West Sacramento, CA

  • October 13, 2011

Tires on the Move to Reduce GHG EmissionsTires on the Move to Reduce GHG Emissions

California continues to reduce green house gas (GHG) emissions by regulating tires on Heavy-duty tractor-trailer vehicles. The Tractor-Trailer Greenhouse Gas Regulations (17CCR §95300-95311) requires U.S. EPA SmartWay verified low rolling resistance tires for 2011 and newer model years. These tires improve fuel efficiency, reducing green house gas emissions. Applying low rolling resistance tire specifications in other purchasing applications can expand GHG reduction efforts, creating an environmentally preferable purchase. See U.S. EPA SmartWay Transport verified-technologies for a list of SmartWay verified tires.


Lights Out EarlyLights Out Early

On Jan. 1, 2011, California was the first in the nation to adopt new federal standards for replacing 100-watt bulbs, putting Californians at the forefront of saving energy and money. The rest of the country will adopt the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 in 2012, which requires 100-watt bulbs to use 28 percent less energy than traditional 100-watt incandescent light bulbs, effectively limiting bulb wattage to about 72 watts.

2010

Painting a New PicturePainting a New Picture

More than one waste management option will soon be available for architectural paint with the passing of California AB 1343 (2010 legislative session, PRC §48700). The law was enacted to reduce waste and conserve natural resources through a paint recovery program. Beginning April 1, 2012, California paint suppliers must supply a stewardship plan to CalRecycle. Government buyers can create an environmentally preferable purchase by checking suppliers for compliance and placing paint take-back language in contracts.


California Air Resources Board Hosting Public WorkshopsCalifornia Air Resources Board Hosting Public Workshops

California Air Resources Board Presents Workshop for Amendments to the Off-Road, Truck, Bus, Drayage Truck and LSI Fleet Regulations

Multiple Dates and Locations Listed on Flyer

Click to View ARB Workshop Flyer


CalPCA Training: Introductory Course for Buying GreenCalPCA Training: Introductory Course for Buying Green

Register for CalPCA training sessions to learn more about Buying Green. Training dates will be listed below.

Location: California Department of General Services, West Sacramento, CA
  • September 15, 2010
  • October 18, 2010
  • November 15, 2010

Turning in Old Wears Turning in Old Wears

Agencies can now turn in their old wears when purchasing new body armor gear. The new statewide body armor contract (1-10-84-07) includes destruction and recycling services provided by Safariland, LLC. The new contract protects people, by providing equipment to public safety personnel, and the environment, by keeping outdated garments off the streets and out of landfills.


Introducing the Buying Green WebsiteIntroducing the Buying Green Website

The Environmentally Preferable Purchasing program is proud to introduce the Buying Green website as a green procurement resource for buyers and suppliers. This online guide will encompass up-to-date buying tips, technical specifications, and statewide contracts. The Buying Green website will be replacing the Green California Best Practices Manual that was published in 2005. The Green California Best Practices Manual (PDF) will remain a viable resources in the archives section of the Buying Green Website.

2009

State-of-the-Art State-of-the-Art "Green" Building; 21st Century Nutrition

Take a tour of the Metropolitan Hospital complex, where green building standards meet 21st century nutrition and food preparation techniques to become a California model for energy efficiency, water conservation and environmental responsibility.

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Mercury Reduced in LampsMercury Reduced in Lamps

The statewide, mandatory California Lamp Contract(contract # 1-10-62-31) was recently awarded and will become effective on May 20, 2010. Seeking improved environmental standards, the state reduced its allowable mercury content for compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), =25 watts, from 5.0 mg to 3.5 mg. While the mercury level has been reduced, agencies are reminded that these lamps are a universal waste and must be disposed of appropriately. It is unlawful to dispose of fluorescent lamps in the trash. An optional take-back program is available on the lamp contract for state agencies to safely remove used lamps.


Open Office Panel System Contract GreenedOpen Office Panel System Contract Greened

The Open Office Panel System Contract was awarded on October 2009 to Allsteel Incorporated. The California Statewide Office Furniture Contract (Open Office Panel Systems) represents one of the state's most highly sustainable commodity products. The contract includes state of the art environmental specifications that encompass lighting energy efficiency, recycle content, reduced indoor air quality impacts including formaldehyde emissions and take-back recycle program. Purchase options are available for local government.


Non-Lead Rounds Available on Ammunition ContractNon-Lead Rounds Available on Ammunition Contract

Non-lead, non-tactical ammunition is now available for agencies to use in firing ranges and reduce their lead exposure. Lead is a known toxin in the environment and in human health. In 2008 lead ammunition has been prohibited in zones inhabited by the California Condor. (See the Department of Fish and Game.); Many shooting ranges have also prohibited the use of lead ammunition due to the associated monitoring and cleanup requirements.


Event: Paper ForumEvent: Paper Forum

Gain insights into the postconsumer recycle content in paper products controversy. View the information as presented by pulp and paper industry, environmental organizations, standards and certification organization and various levels of state government at the California Department of General Services Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Open Forum:


Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) TrainingLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Training

Since 2007, DGS has conducted in-depth LEED training for state government building professionals. More than 500 individuals from several state agencies, as well as from numerous UC and CSU campuses, have participated in these training sessions including the most recent LEED classes, which are archived below.

LEED BD&C Training Schedule:

Monday, 5/4/09: Session One: Archive, Powerpoint, Quiz;
Session Two:Archive, Powerpoint, Quiz
Monday, 5/11/09: Session Three: Archive, Powerpoint, Quiz
Monday, 5/18/09, Session Four: Archive, Powerpoint, Quiz
Monday, 6/1/09, Session Five: Archive, Powerpoint, Quiz
Monday, 6/8/09, Session Six: Archive, Powerpoint, Quiz
Monday, 6/15/09, Session Seven: Archive, Powerpoint,

Green Associate Handbook

AP&OM Handbook
P1 Form 1
P1 Form 2
P1 Form 3
P1 Form 4 
OM Scorecard 
Commercial Interiors Checklist 
ND Scorecard
Homes Checklist
BD&C Checklist

LEED BD&C v3.0 Transition Seminar - Changes from LEED NC v2.2:

Thursday, 7/9/09: Archive, LEED Transition Seminar Slides, LEED BD&C 2009 Comparison ChecklistLEED BD&C Referenced Standards

LEED AP O&M Training Schedule:

Tuesday, 5/12/09: Session One: Archive, Powerpoint
Thursday, 5/21/09: Session Two: Archive, Powerpoint
Tuesday, 6/2/09: Session Three: Archive, Powerpoint
Tuesday, 6/23/09: Session Four: Archive available soon, Powerpoint
Tuesday, 7/7/09: Session Five: Archive, Powerpoint


Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Brochure Uploaded!Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Brochure Uploaded!

Check out the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Brochure: PDF Document