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2018

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.

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

2016

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.

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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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.


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