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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.


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.

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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.

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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:


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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.

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