In December 2007, City Council approved the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Program to focus on incorporating green products and services into city contracts. One of over 80 efforts in the city's Phoenix: Living Like It Matters! Sustainability program, EPP is based on product evaluations and green product initiatives championed by various city departments.
Early results show that the city's commitment to EPP is proving successful both environmentally and financially. Demonstrated cost savings and reduced impacts on the environment are clear. For city of Phoenix successes, please see the list below:
|Low-Emission Hand-held Equipment||Parks and Recreation Department reduces pollution and saves money|
|Integrated Pest Management (IPM):||Public Works Department reduces insecticide spraying by 99%|
|Vegetable-based Ink:||City Clerk Department finds a renewable resource and saves $|
|Janitorial Products:||Phoenix Convention Center green cleaning conserves natural resources|
|Office Products:||Street Transportation Department saves over $8,000 through green choices|
|Computers:||Information Technology Department reduces city carbon footprint|
|Multipurpose Cleaner:||Parks and Recreation Department streamlines cleaning and saves over $10,000|
PLEASE STAY TUNED as 55 commodity areas have been identified for green purchasing and are being approached on a contract-by-contract basis.