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Last updated:
June 18, 2001 

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP)

Environmentally preferred purchasing (EPP) means practicing pollution prevention when making new purchases. Several EPP strategiess are:

  • buying only what you intend to use

  • buying in bulk

  • avoiding extensive packaging

  • buying locally

  • buying least hazardous products (cleaners, paints, etc.)

  • looking for products with high post consumer recycled content!

  • buying remanufactured and factory reconditioned

EPA Region 8's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program
For more information contact Gilbert Bailey 303-312-6284

In accordance with Executive Order 13101, Region 8's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program (EPPP) seeks to improve waste prevention, recycling, and increase purchase and use of recycled content and environmentally preferable products and services. Geared toward federal, state, and local government procurement officials and program managers, its current focus is educating the private and public sector about environmentally preferable products. The program has presented workshops and trainings to Western Area Powers Administration, The Wild Life Refuge, Air Force Academy, the City of Fort Collins and more. It has also partnered with the General Service Administration (GSA) to present conferences, workshops and trainings.

Upcoming Trainings 2001:

FREE, How to Use Your "SmartCard" Smarter Trainings 
Denver, Colorado, 
June 5, 2001 & November 14, 2001

EPA Region 8's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program Products & Services Training. Your free training source for best practices in using your government SmartCard to purchase environmentally preferable products and services, using the GSA multiple awards scheduling program. It is designed for government Smart Card holders to aid them in everyday procurement decisions. Registration and attendance are free to all federal and military personal.  See below for contact information. 

FREE GSA's Multiple Awards 
Schedule Program Trainings

Denver, Colorado, 
June 6, 2001 & November 15, 2001

This year the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program is going to offer training to other Federal agencies who would like to attend. The training will focus on GSA's Multiple Awards Schedule Program, some of the topics that will be discussed are the following: How the MAS Program works; Overview of the MAS Program; Blanket Purchase Agreements; Contractor Team Arrangements; Delinquent Performance, Termination of Orders, Disputes; Price reductions; and Standing Solicitations/Variable Contract Periods.

FREE, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program for Federal, State and Local Governments Workshop
Denver, Colorado
August 8-9, 2001

Learn about what type of products and services are available in the marketplace, and how to gain access to them when needed. Speakers will cover: implementing a preference program, promotion program and affirmative procurement program using the program descriptions, and will discuss pertinent case studies. It's a great opportunity to communicate with each other and share processes, ideas and creativity.

Contact Gilbert Bailey at 303/312-6284 or for more information on these or any other training opportunities. 

Other presentations available:

  • Strategies for Implementing Executive Order 13101
  • The State of Massachusetts Environmental Preferable Purchasing Program a case study
  • The Paving Roads to Success - a case study

Why buy recycled?

  • Saves natural resources: products from recycled materials reduce the strain on extraction and refinement of virgin materials.
  • Saves energy: usually less energy is needed to manufacture recycled products; recycling aluminum into usable stock requires 95% less energy than making new aluminum from bauxite ore.
  • Saves clean air and water: less refinement of materials also means, in most cases, that less air and water pollution is created.
  • Saves landfill space: materials that go back into new products are diverted from landfills.
  • Saves money and creates jobs: recycling processes creates far more jobs than landfills or incinerators.

EPP list of links.

Business Resource - Selling Environmentally Preferable Products to Government Agencies