EPP is a way of purchasing that combines cost and a product or service's less harmful effect on the environment. It recognizes that informed purchasing choices are less harmful to our health in many ways.
The city is interested in purchasing environmentally preferable products meeting standards set forth by the following organizations, or which meet the specifications outlined in the above Policy:
|Products containing recycled content - a list of designated products, EPA's recommended recycled content, and a supplier database are available at EPA's comprehensive procurement guideline website.|
|Green Seal certified cleaning products, paints, and other products. These can be found by looking for the Green Seal logo. This third-party certifier meets EPA criteria. For more information, visit Green Seal.|
|Products certified as energy efficient with the Energy Star logo. A list of the available product types and manufacturers can be found at Energy Star.|
|A list of bio-based product types and manufacturers can be found at the USDA website.|
|Computers or monitors certified with the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT). A list of certified models and manufacturers is available here.|
|Products manufactured from wood that carries Forest Stewardship Council certification. The certification ensures the wood comes from forests that are responsibly managed. A list of sustainably managed wood manufacturers and products can be found at the Forest Stewardship Council or the Rainforest Alliance.|
Information for EPP vendors can be found at the EPA vendor website.
EPA's Design for the Environment (DfE) program is a partnership certification program that identifies products which are made with chemicals that are safer for human health and the environment.
EcoLogo (formerly known as Environmental Choice) certifies various environmentally preferred products, many of which are referenced by or compliant with the LEED Green Building Standards. EcoLogo is a subsidiary of UL Environment.
U.S. Government Services Administration (GSA) provides a helpful Sustainable Facilities Purchasing Tool
For more information, please visit the "Contracting with the city" page at http://www.phoenix.gov/business/contract/index.html.