P2 Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

Technical Resources

Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability Exit EPA disclaimer (BEES) - This free software developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology with support from the U.S. EPA Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program and the White House-sponsored Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) brings to your fingertips a powerful technique for selecting cost-effective green building products.

Cleaning Products Pilot Project (CPPP) web site - This site provides interactive Purchasing Decision Wizards to assist you in choosing an environmentally preferable cleaning product.

How-to-Guide on Environmentally Preferable Purchasing for Hospitals Exit EPA disclaimer - This Web-based guide introduces Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP), describes why hospitals should be doing EPP, and takes a hospital from EPP team formation to the completion of a pilot EPP project. The guide also includes information on overcoming obstacles, tracking success, creating publicity, negotiating with Group Purchasing Organizations, and evaluating the validity of vendor claims.

EPPNET Exit EPA disclaimer - The Northeast Recycling Council established the Environmentally Preferable Products Procurement Network (EPPNET) to link federal, state, local and private procurement and environmental officials charged with purchasing environmentally preferable products and developing policies for the procurement of these products. The EPPNET is intended to provide quick access to information on product specifications, vendors, prices, strategies for achieving recycled product procurement goals, and federal procurement policies.


The Comprehensive Procurement Guideline (CPG) Program - is part of EPA's continuing effort to promote the use of materials recovered from solid waste. Buying recycled-content products ensures that the materials collected in recycling programs will be used again in the manufacture of new products. The CPG program is authorized by Congress under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and Executive Order 13101. EPA is required to designate products that are or can be made with recovered materials and to recommend practices for buying these products. Once a product is designated, federal agencies must purchase it with the highest recovered material content level practicable.

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) is a federal wide program that encourages and assists Executive Agencies to purchase environmentally preferable products and services. For information on EPA Region 2' s involvement in this program, please call Richard Yue at (212) 637-3424 or via email at yue.richard@epa.gov.


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