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Integrating Green Purchasing Into Your Environmental Management System (EMS)

April 2005
EPA 742-R-05-001

Pollution Prevention Division
Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (7409)
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington DC, 20460


1. Introduction

2. Integrating Green Purchasing into your Environmental Management System (EMS) 
Environmental Policy3, 9
Environmental Aspects3, 11
Legal and Other Requirements4, 12
Objectives and Targets4, 14
Environmental Management Programs5, 18
Structure and Responsibility5, 21
Training, Awareness and Competence5, 22
Communication6, 24
Document Control6, 25
Operational Control6, 26
Emergency Preparedness and Response6, 30
Monitoring and Measurement7, 30
Nonconformance and Corrective and Preventive Action7, 33
Records8, 34
EMS Audits8, 34
Management Review8, 35
3. Background Information 
Genesis of this Report 36
Definitions and Acronyms 36
What is Green Purchasing? 38
Federal Green Purchasing Preference Program Requirements 38
Green Purchasing Training Resources 40
Green Purchasing Resources 41
4. Conclusion, Acknowledgments, and Disclaimer 43
Acknowledgments 44
Disclaimer 47
5. Appendices 
Appendix A 
Products and Services Purchased at ESC 49
Appendix B: Examples of Agency Procedures 
Operational Controls: EPA, Region 1 52
Objectives and Targets: EPA Region 5 55
Environmental Management Program: ESC 57
Objectives and Targets for Electronics, EPA Region 10 67
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