Find Out about Being GreenThere are a couple handy, accessible tools to help vendors determine if their product has an environmental attribute and what requirements may apply to that type of product.
The GSA Advantage! web site's Environmental Program page has a searchable database of products other contractors have listed as meeting environmental requirements. It also provides information on programs with icons that can be used to show your product has specific environmental attributes. These programs are summarized in fact sheets.
- Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG)
- Energy Star
- Environmental Protection Agency Prime Metals Free
- Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)
- Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)
- Low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
- National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)
- Plastics Removal in the Marine Environment (PRIME)
- Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP)
The GSA Green Procurement Compilation (GPC) consolidates green purchasing information from various agencies and sources into one place. It identifies the types of green products covered by the major environmental programs of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). These programs govern product attributes ranging from recycled, biobased, and toxic or hazardous content to energy and water efficiency.
- Provides links to EPA, DOE, and USDA environmental programs.
- Tells whether programs are mandatory, give a preference, or help achieve an agency’s overall purchasing goals.
- Identifies the applicable Federal Acquisition Regulations.
- Identifies and links to potential purchasing options, such as different GSA schedules, programs, and purchasing agreements.