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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.


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.

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.

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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 green contracts and policy, Management Memo 15-07 for this commodity.


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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

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Purchasing Standards

Buy Green with DGS Purchasing Standards!

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