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How Does Sustainable Acquisition Applies to Services

The federal government’s sustainable acquisition policy (see FAR Subpart 23.1 ) applies to the purchase of both products and services. Environmental programs, such as Energy Star and BioPreferred, make it easy for buyers to identify sustainable products required for federal purchase. However, these programs generally do not directly address services. Instead, federal contracts for services must require that sustainable products be supplied or used during performance of the contract, whenever such products meet agency performance requirements. If you are a service provider, visit the Green Procurement Compilation to determine if any covered products are typically used or supplied during performance.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directed agencies to focus on the following types of services contracts that should include green product requirements:

  • Building construction, renovation, or repair
  • Building operations and maintenance
  • Landscaping services
  • Pest management
  • Electronic equipment, including leasing
  • Fleet maintenance
  • Janitorial services
  • Laundry services
  • Cafeteria operations
  • Meetings and conference services

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