Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC):
A public/private partnership and national nonprofit whose mission is to support and recognize purchasing leadership that accelerates the transition to a prosperous and sustainable future.
King County is a founding member.
Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v2.0
Purchasing Category Guidance:
- Chemically Intensive Products
- Construction and Renovation
- Food and Beverages for Food Services
- IT Hardware and Services
- Professional Services
- Transportation and Fuels
- Wood and Agrifiber Products
SPLC Update Newsletter – sign-up
Climate Friendly Purchasing Toolkit - West Coast Climate Forum 's toolkit provides clear guidance, tested strategies, and critical resources for governments at all levels to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through their supply chain.
- Diesel Fuels
- Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
- Professional Services
Purchasing Guides - The Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) produces Purchasing Guides for a range of products and services, including: Bottled Water, Carbon Offsets, Cleaners, Computers, Copy Paper, Fleets, Food Services, Green Power, Light-Duty Tires and Wheel Weights, Lighting, Office Electronics, Paint, and Toner Cartridges.
Environmentally Purchasing Best Practices Manual - Buying Green Guide at Green California, State of California.
National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) Green Purchasing Guide for its members and others to use in navigating the sea of information surrounding the adoption of a green purchasing program.
Green Procurement Compilation (GPC) tool - This tool enables Federal purchasers (and others) to quickly identify the designated products and associated guidance to facilitate green purchasing decisions. In addition, the tool can also help with verifying sustainable attributes of a product.
Sustainable Facilities Tool (SF Tool) - Powered by Ecomedes, search for products by various enviornmentally certifications from appliances to furnishings.
Sustainable Procurement Playbook for Cities - The playbook is aimed at sustainability directors and city teams interested in launching or strengthening sustainable purchasing effort. The Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) partnered to develop this guidance document.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
EPA Greener Products Database
EPA's Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasing - 2017
Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines - A list of products that must contain recycled content when purchased by federal agencies and those that use appropriated federal funds
U.S. General Services Administration (GSA):
Green Procurement Compilation
ASTM International - ASTM develops standard test methods, specifications, practices, guides, classifications and terminology in 130 areas.
Product categories include: chemicals, building materials, metals, oil, and gas.
Biodegradable Products Institute - Non-profit that labels compostable products using scientifically based standards for compostable materials which biodegrade in large composting facilities.
Product categories include: hot cups, cutlery, yard wastebags, cold cups, and food waste bags.
BioPreferred® Program - USDA certifies and awards labels to qualifying products to increase consumer recognition of biobased products.
Product categories include: minor construction, office supplies, serving ware, cleaning products, ground maintenance, and lubricants/greases.
CRI Green Label - The Carpet and Rug Institute created Green Label Plus (GLP) to focus on indoor air quality (IAQ) by reducing outputs of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The ecolabel ensures purchases of carpet, adhesive and cushion products with the lowest inherent emissions involved in their life-cycle.
Product categories include: carpets, cushions, textiles, building products & adhesives.
Chlorine Free Products Association - Non-profit standard setting organization that certifies and promotes chlorine free products.
Product categories include: paper.
Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program - Non-profit Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute uses open-source information to focus on factors of water stewardship, social fairness, renewable energy (including carbon management), material reutilization and material health in the development of products.
Product categories include: appliances, building products, cleaning products, cosmetics, electronics, forest products/paper, furniture, health care equipment, machinery & textiles.
ENERGY STAR - Managed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Energy Star is a voluntary government-backed program dedicated to helping individuals protect the environment through energy efficiency.
Product categories include: appliances, electronics, office equipment, commercial food service equipment, new homes, commercial buildings & industrial plants.
EPEAT - “Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool” is a non-profit voluntary rating system for grading greener electronics. EPEAT serves to help organizations select high-performance electronics which meet both IT and sustainability goals.
Product categories include: PCs and displays, televisions, imaging equipment (printers, copiers, scanners, multifunction devices, fax machines and mailing machines. Categories for servers and mobile phones are in development.
e-Stewards Certification - Initiative launched by the non-profit Basel Action Network to promote responsible reuse and recycling best practices of electronics. Focused on halting illegal exports and dumping of e-waste containing hazardous materials to developing nations or disposed into landfills.
Product categories include: electronics.
Fair Trade Certified - The Fair Trade Certified logo symbolizes improved social and environmental conditions for workers involved in the creation of a product, such as higher wages, safe working conditions, environmental protections and improvements to local communities at the point of production.
Product categories include: food products (specifically fish and fisheries, coffee, tea, cocoa, sugar, spices, honey, fruits and vegetables, grains, wine and spirits), textiles, flowers, home goods, body care products & sports balls.
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody Certification - The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a non-profit which promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests. This ecolabel for FSC chain of custody (CoC) tracks social and environmental attributes through applicable life-cycle and supply chain phases.
Product categories include: building products, forest products/paper & packaging.
GECA (Good Environmental Choice Australia) - An Australian independent non-profit that provides solutions for sustainable consumption and production. A Green Star is a trusted mark of quality for sustainable building materials.
Product categories include: building products, cleaning products, flooring, furniture, lighting, office supplies, paint, and plastic bags.
Green-E - Climate & Energy - Third-party certification program managed by the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions with distinct ecolabels for Energy and Climate. The former label ensures US and Canadian consumers and businesses of reduced environmental impact via electricity usage while the latter certifies correct volumes and types of emissions within retailing carbon offsets.
Product categories include: carbon, carbon offsets & energy.
GreenGuard - Helps manufacturers create—and helps buyers identify and trust—interior products and materials that have low chemical emissions, improving the quality of the air in which the products are used.
Product categories include: building materials, paint, and flooring.
Green Seal - Independent non-profit which certifies thousands of products and services that meet credible and transparent science-based environmental sustainability standards. Green Seal utilizes a life-cycle approach to ensure tangible reductions in the whole environmental footprint.
Product categories include: appliances, building products, cleaning products, cosmetics, food, forest products/paper, machinery, scientific and technical services & tourism.
Level - Created by the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) to assess and report on the environmental and social effects of office and institutional furniture. The EPA has include level in its Recommended Specifications, Standards and Ecolabels for federal furniture purchasing.
Product categories include: building products & furniture.
Master Painters Institute (MPI) - An independent institute dedicated to quantifying the quality, performance, and sustainability of the coatings industry.
Extreme Green: Its most rigorous standard. Encompasses indoor air quality, environmental safety, and durability.
Green Performance Standards (GPS-1-12 & GPS-2-12): Establishes maximum allowable levels of VOCs for paints. GPS-1-12 follows EPA guidelines, and GPS-2-12 maintains a maximum level of 50 g/L.
Product categories include: paint.
NSF/ANSI 140 Sustainability Assessment for Carpet (210KB, PDF) - This joint standard from non-profits National Science Foundation and American National Standards Institute (NSF/ANSI Standard 140) is a comprehensive life-cycle sustainability assessment for carpet.
Product categories include: carpet, textiles & upholstery.
Safer Choice - Safer Choice is a voluntary EPA led partnership program which seeks to provide consumers with information regarding cleaning and related products that are safer for health and the environment, high performing and cost-efficient.
Product categories include: cleaning products, laundry detergents, carpet and floor cleaners, inks, paints & building products.
Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) - SCS is a third-party provider of certification, auditing and testing services, and standards.
Indoor Advantage Certification: Certifies interior products have low-VOC emissions.
Product categories include: flooring, furniture, testiles, building materials, plastics, paints, garden, office supplies, electronics, and food packaging.
UL Environmental Claim Validation - Underwriters Laboratory (UL) Environmental Claim Validations label gives credibility to measureable claims about a single attribute of a product. This label serves to assures that products are indeed comprised of what is claimed by a company’s marketing and packaging.
Product categories include: building products, buildings, cleaning products, electronics, energy, forest products/paper & packaging.
USDA Certified BioBased - Managed by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), USDA BioBased is a voluntary labeling initiative based on the BioPreferred program. This label strives to increase consumer knowledge about the biobased content of products while increasing their purchase and use.
Product categories include: building products, electronics, food, forest products/paper, lubricants, cleaning products, diesel fuel additives, inks, appliances, fertilizers, machinery, health care equipment, textiles & bioplastics.
USDA Organic - The U.S. Department of Agriculture sets stringent regulations and guidelines on the certification, production, handling and labeling of organic agricultural products. These standards apply to food grown in and outside of the United States in order to receive certification.
Product categories include: meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, produce (vegetables & fruits) & other food commodities.
WaterSense - Managed by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the WaterSense label is borne by products that meet water efficiency and usage reduction criteria. Typically, WaterSense products are 20% more water-efficient than comparable products on the market.
Product categories include: building products, buildings & irrigation services.
Procura + Sustainable Procurement Campaign - ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
EPPnet - Environmentally Preferable Procurement Network Listserv managed by the Northeast Recycling Council.