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Environmentally Preferred Purchasing

Who is Buying Green?

State and local government, higher education and K-12 school systems in Washington State are national leaders in green purchasing. Many entities offer EPP policies, product fact sheets, green purchasing lists, model contract language and EPP Annual Reports, which are available at the websites listed below.

If you would like to see your green purchasing activities listed here, please email tina.simcich@ecy.wa.gov. or call 360.407.7517.

Local Government - Washington State

City of Seattle

Green Purchasing The Green Purchasing Program implements the City's commitments to promoting environmental stewardship and reducing greenhouse gas emissions when buying goods, materials, services and capital improvements.

The city's Sweat Free and Slave Free Purchasing Policy is also available.

City of Shoreline

The City of Shoreline's Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Guidelines are available.

City of Spokane

The City of Spokane's Environmental Programs have posted several EPP reports, as well as the 2014 Environmentally Preferable Purchases Policy.

City of Tacoma

Resolution to Adopt Sustainable Procurement Policy - Resolution 38248

Clark County

Clark County's website includes its Green Purchasing List and Environmentally Responsible Purchasing Policy

King County

Environmental Purchasing offers extensive EPP resources, including annual reports, policy, and product bulletins. View the 2013 Annual Environmental Sustainability Report

Pierce County

Environmental Purchasing Policy

Snohomish County

Snohomish County established a comprehensive Environmentally Preferable Purchasing and Product Utilization Policy (EPP) in 2013. The County also rolled out a Green Product Resource Guide to guide county purchasers to recommended certification and resource organizations.

Local Government - Other

City of Eugene, Oregon
The City of Eugene's Sustainable Purchasing program recently began including a new EPP section within its competitive solicitations. In addition Eugene's 2010 Internal Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report includes an analysis of greenhouse gas emissions from the City of Eugene government purchasing and services.

Alameda County Waste Management, CA StopWaste.org
StopWaste.org provides policies, fact sheets and other green purchasing resources.

City of Portland, Oregon Sustainable Procurement
The City of Portland is a leader in sustainable procurement. Their website includes numerous green purchasing case studies, extensive contract specifications, policies for green purchasing and sweatshop free procurement, and the Sustainable Procurement Policy 10th Anniversary Report.

City of San Francisco www.sfapproved.org
San Francisco passed legislation in 2005 requiring City staff to buy from an approved list of environmentally preferable, or "green," products. The City created the SF Approved List to disperse in green purchasing information and user reviews in multiple product categories from refillable markers to plumbing drain openers.

City of Vancouver, B.C.
Vancouver's How We are Greening City Operations website includes information on sustainable purchasing policies, green facilities, and green fleets. The City has adopted a corporate procurement policy that embeds sustainability and ethical considerations into the procurement process rather than having them as an add-on or separate policy. In 2012, the goal is to incorporate SE considerations into all public calls for goods and services over $75K (over $200K for construction).


U.S. Department of General Services

The Buy Green Products website contains sections on Biopreferred Products, Energy Efficient Products, Recycled Content Products, and Low VOC products. Executive Order 13514 requires 95% of all new federal contracts, including non-exempt contract modifications, require products and services that are energy-efficient, water-efficient, biobased, environmentally preferable, non-ozone depleting, contain recycled-content, non-toxic or less-toxic alternatives.

For Buy Green technical assistance, contact:

Tina Simcich
Email: tina.simcich@ecy.wa.gov
(360) 407-7517