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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EPP and SABRC 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. These contracts offer and promote products containing recycled materials that meet the SABRC post-consumer recycled content requirement for that category.

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
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