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Sustainable Marketplace: Greener Products and Services

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program History

This page depicts a timeline of the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Program.

2016

  • EPA issues Final Pilot Guidelines based on learnings from the pilot assessment.
  • EPA makes updates to the Recommendations of Specification, Standards, and Ecolabels in the three product categories included in the pilot assessment and to the format of existing product categories.  
  • EPA releases Version 1.0 of the TV Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator (EEBC).
  • GSA and EPA complete updated API of federal environmental sustainability requirements for integration into federal contract writing systems.

2015

2014

  • Launch of the research for the E-procurement systems report.
  • Federal Sustainable Print Management Policy Template published in GSA Bulletin FMR B-39.
  • EPA coordinated interagency discussion and collaboration with industry on clarification of product categories included in the requirement to procure EPEAT registered products, resulting in guidance issued by the White House’s Office of the Federal Environmental Executive.
  • EPA provided technical support to the FAR Council and OMB as they reviewed the EPEAT FAR Case 2013-16 to add clauses for televisions and imaging equipment. 

2013

  • EPA issues a press release proposing new guidelines for greener federal purchases.
  • EPA issues a Federal Register Notice to announce public review and comment on draft Guidelines intended to provide a transparent, fair, and consistent approach to using non-governmental product environmental performance standards and ecolabels in Federal purchasing.
  • EPA's Office of Policy publishes Evaluation of the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program.

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

  • The Office of the Federal Environmental Executive, Commander Navy Region Southwest, and the Federal Network for Sustainability - West host the 2008 Federal Environmental Symposia.
  • EPA adopts its Green Building Strategy to facilitate the mainstream adoption of effective green building practices.
  • Federal Electronics Challege: 2007 Accomplishments Summary.

2007

2006

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2004

2003

  • Federal Green Construction Guide for Specifiers Exitundergoes public review.
  • EPA launches Federal Electronics Challenge pilot with five federal agencies.
  • Stakeholders participate in workshop to discuss development of the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) funded by EPA Pollution Prevention grant.
  • National Park Service designates 20 parks as Centers for Environmental Innovation in ongoing partnership with EPA.

2002

2001

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1999

1998

1997

1996

  • Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and EPA initiate study examining innovative environmental purchasing programs in OECD member countries.

1995

  • EPA publishes Proposed Guidance on Acquisition of Environmentally Preferable Products and Services.
  • EPA hosts public meeting, accepts written comments, on Proposed Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Guidance.

1994

  • Concept paper on environmentally preferable purchasing drafted, followed by public meeting and stakeholder meetings.

1993

1990

  • The Pollution Prevention Act was passed which requires EPA to "identify opportunities to use Federal procurement to encourage source reduction"(Section 6604).