Phoenix: Living Like it Matters
EPP is one of more than 80 environmental programs the city is implementing. For more information, visit the city of Phoenix Sustainability Summary.
Environmentally preferable purchasing means products or services that have a reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared to competing products or services that serve the same purpose. EPP is a way of purchasing that considers both cost and the environmental impacts of a product or service. EPP recognizes that informed purchasing choices are less harmful to our health in many ways, including products that:
- Have fewer or no toxic ingredients (cleaning supplies, thermometers)
- Are energy efficient (electronic goods, hybrid electric vehicles, light bulbs)
- Are powered by renewable sources of energy (solar electricity)
- Are recycled/recyclable (computers, carpet, office supplies)
- Are remanufactured (ink cartridges, street or traffic signs, tires)
By requesting EPP, you can reduce the potential impacts your purchasing choices have on the environment and help enhance the city’s commitment to the environment.
The second annual Green Vendor Showcase of Opportunities event held on Feb. 7, 2013 was well attended and response from vendors was positive. Colin Tetreault, Senior Sustainability Policy Advisor, Mayor Stanton's office, provided welcome remarks and applauded the efforts of green vendors. In addition to the opportunity to meet city departments, vendors learned about business assistance/ certification programs, the city’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Program, the permitting and startup process, the city’s new Vendor Management System, and the Street Transportation Department’s SBE (Small Business Enterprise) “One Stop Shop” website for suppliers and subcontractors.