Sustainability Resources


Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promotes the use of environmentally preferable cleaning products through its Environmentally Preferable Purchasing "Green Cleaning" Web site. This site provides information for purchasers and links to green cleaning resources.

U.S. Green Building Council - Learn about green building, its impacts and the LEED rating systems.

EPA's WasteWise site - WasteWise is a free, voluntary EPA program through which organizations eliminate costly municipal solid waste, benefiting their bottom line and the environment.

EPA's Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) site - EPA's MSW Web site includes information on the various methods for reducing and better managing solid waste, including source reduction, recycling, and disposal. This site also includes the latest facts and figures on MSW generation and recovery and state data.

EPA's Design for the Environment (DfE) - A partnership program working with industry sectors to minimize environmental and human health risks and to improve performance of existing and alternative products, processes, and practices.

Office of the Federal Environmental Executive (OFEE) - OFEE's mission is to advocate, coordinate, and assist environmental efforts of the federal community in waste prevention, recycling, affirmative procurement of CPG items, and the acquisition of recycled and environmentally preferable products and services.

California Integrated Waste Management Board's Buy Recycled Program (CIWMB) - CIWMB promotes California's policy to "buy green" and currently is working in several targeted priority areas such as the Recycled Paper Coalition, the building and construction industry, and the organics and composting industries.

U.S. General Services Adminstration, Federal Supply Service (GSA/FSS) - The U.S. General Services Administration, Federal Supply Service has introduced many products into its supply system that have recycled content, offer energy and/or water savings, or that have been reformulated to be less environmentally detrimental. - A one-stop resource on designing, constructing, and operating environmentally responsible commercial and industrial buildings, created in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council.

GreenBiz - The leading online news and information resource on how to align environmental responsibility with business success.

CleanGredients - An online database of cleaning product ingredients with a preferred environmental and safety and health profile.

The Green Office - Learn and shop with regard to products that will help you to green your office.

Green Cleaning Pollution Prevention Calculator - Quantifies the projected environmental benefits of purchasing and using "green" janitorial services and products.

Green Seal (GS) - An independent, non-profit organization that evaluates and certifies green products.

EcoLogo - A widely recognized and respected environmental label granted by Canada's Environmental Choice program. The program certifies several categories of cleaning and janitorial products.

Center for New American Dream - This site offers a variety of resources for cleaners and purchasers, including a list of environmentally preferable cleaning products and information on the importance of using green cleaning products.

King County, Washington - King County, Washington's Recycled Product Procurement Program site includes the program's annual report, summaries of the county's experience with recycled-content products, model buy-recycled contract language, and links to other related Web sites.

Association of Post-Consumer Plastics Recyclers - Learn more about recycled plastics and recycled plastics manufacturers.

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