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How Does Sustainable Acquisition Apply to the Products

The Green Procurement Compilation (GPC) consolidates the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) environmental product designations in one place. The GPC consolidates sustainable purchasing information from a variety of sources in order to simplify sustainable acquisition for the federal government.

The GPC identifies all sustainable product types covered by the following programs:

  • USDA BioPreferred: Biobased products
  • EPA Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG): Recycled content products
  • EPA Safer Choice (formerly Design for the Environment): Alternatives to products with toxic or hazardous constituents
  • EPA/DOE Energy Star: Energy efficient products
  • EPEAT: Multi-attribute program for electronic products
  • DOE Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP): Energy efficient products, including low standby power requirements
  • EPA Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP): Alternatives to ozone depleting substances
  • EPA WaterSense: Water efficient products

The GPC also lists products assessed by the Public Buildings Service’s Green Proving Ground, renewable energy, and substances of concern for biomedical equipment and supplies.

The GPC is available at http://www.sftool.gov/greenprocurement.

With a few exceptions, the GPC covers many of the designation icons for sustainable products that Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) contractors can associate with their products on GSA Advantage!. In addition, the GPC:

  • Offers direct links to the EPA, DOE, and USDA environmental program web sites
  • Distinguishes between mandatory purchasing programs and others that support the achievement of agency sustainable acquisition goals
  • Identifies applicable FAR requirements
  • Identifies and links to potential purchasing options, including GSA Multiple Award Schedules, GSA Global Supply, Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI) Blanket Purchase Agreements, AbilityOne, and UNICOR

Currently GSA provides the following designation icons for sustainable products on GSA Advantage!:

In addition, GSA uses environmental icons for EPA Primary Metals Free, Plastics Removal in the Marine Environment (PRIME), and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for applicable Global Supply items. These three icons had been available for use by Multiple Award Schedule contractors, too, but are being restricted.

For tips on how to associate an approved environmental icon on your GSA Advantage! pricelist click here

Listing Icons on GSA Advantage!

SIP - Direct Entry
  1. Follow the standard procedure for inputting your product information (Refer to SIP Instruction Guide Section 3.3).
  2. After you close the Price Information box, the Environmental/Special Features box will appear (screenshot provided). Check the attributes that apply to your product.
    Environmental/Special Features
  3. Repeat for each additional product.

SIP - Import

  1. Go to the Excel worksheet labeled "IMSG".
  2. Input the contract number in column A, manufacturer's part number in column B, and the correct environmental code in column C.
  3. If your product contains recycled content, indicate the type in column D.

For more information about how sustainable acquisition requirements apply to products and services you sell click on the following links: