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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.


Art of Procurement Podcast – Sustainability in Procurement with Jim ButlerArt 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

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

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.

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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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