Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Web Academy Webinar: A Review of Environmentally Preferable Purchasing and Select Experiences in the Midwest and Beyond
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August 13, 2020, from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
One way to help to build markets for recovered materials and products with an improved environmental performance is through environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP). EPP policies can help purchasers quickly identify products with positive environmental attributes without having to be an expert on EPP for every category of products they purchase. This webinar highlights the results of a project funded by U.S. EPA Region 5 for Michigan Tech University to identify EPP policies and other opportunities to increase the reuse of recovered plastics. This project surveyed the use of EPP policies in the Midwest and beyond, and identified strengths and needs, both in the region and nationally. Speakers from Michigan Tech University discuss the report Environmentally Preferable Purchasing: Potential for Increasing Recycle of Plastics and Lithium Batteries in EPA Region 5 and its findings. Leaders in procurement from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the California Department of General Services also speak.