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EPA's Environmentally Preferable Guidance

Cleaning Products Pilot Project (CPPP)

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EPA established guiding principles to help federal agencies incorporate environmental preferability into their procurement practices. These principles were proposed in EPA's Guidance on Acquisition of Environmentally Preferable Products and Services:

  1. Consideration of environmental preferability should begin early in the acquisition process and be rooted in the ethic of pollution prevention, which strives to eliminate or reduce, up front, potential risks to human health and the environment.
  2. A product or service's environmental preferability is a function of multiple attributes.
  3. Environmental preferability should reflect life-cycle considerations of products and services to the extent feasible.
  4. Environmental preferability should consider the scale (global versus local) and temporal reversibility aspects of the impact.
  5. Environmental preferability should be tailored to local conditions where appropriate.
  6. Environmental objectives of products or services should be a factor or subfactor in competition among vendors, when appropriate.
  7. Agencies need to examine product attribute claims carefully.

Meanwhile, the GSA and EPA Administrators signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), which had been under development before the Executive Order was signed, formalizing their cooperation on the cleaning project. After resolving inconsistencies between the EPA environmentally preferable guidance and the GSA/EPA cleaning products project, the GSA/EPA cleaning products project became the first environmentally preferable product pilot project under the Executive Order.

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