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Environmentally Preferred Purchasing

How to Build an EPP Program

The Department of Ecology provides these helpful tools for building an environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) program.

The Business Case for Buying Green
Green products often cost the same or less than non-green products. Learn more about how buying green products helps your agency avoid costs through savings in energy and water use, employee productivity, maintenance, and durability.

EPP Resource Guide
A quick guide to state, local and national green purchasing resources.

Developing a Successful EPP Program
Learn how to establish a successful environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) program, including building a strong team, starting with an easy product, and celebrating your successes.

Focus on Responsible Meetings
Meetings often create too much waste and use valuable resources. Learn how to protect the environment and your financial bottom line by adopting environmentally responsible meeting strategies.

Life Cycle Assessment
Life Cycle Assessment is a way to assess the environmental impacts and costs associated with a product, process, or service. Institutional purchasers can use the results to assess products from resource extraction to the end-of-life.

Product Attributes
Check here for a quick discussion of environmental and human health considerations for green purchasing.

Questions to Ask Vendors
What are the key questions to ask potential vendors when you are going out to bid for green products?

Other resources for building EPP programs are available at:

National Association of Counties (NACO) County Green Purchasing Fact Sheet


Responsible Purchasing Network

For Buy Green technical assistance, contact:

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