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Purchasing Guides - Responsible Purchasing Network

Environmentally Purchasing Best Practices Manual - Buying Green Guide at Green California, State of California

National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) Green Purchasing Guide

Climate Friendly Purchasing Toolkit - Reduce greenhouse gas emissions through your supply chain. High-impact commodities include asphalt, concrete, food, fuel, IT, carpet, and professional services.

Green Products Compilation (Sustainable Facilities Tool) - A comprehensive green purchasing resource designed for federal contracting personnel and program managers.

Sustainable Procurement Playbook for Cities - The playbook is aimed at sustainability directors and city teams interested in launching or strengthening sustainable purchasing effort. RPN and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) partnered to develop.

SPLC's Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing (membership required) - (1) Program design guidance for organizations looking to build a strategic and leadership-capable Sustainable Purchasing Program and (2) category guidance for those seeking to address key impacts and opportunities in specific areas of purchasing.



EPA Greener Products Database

EPA's Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasing - 2017

Executive Order 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade - March 2015

Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) A list of products that must contain recycled content when purchased by federal agencies and those that use appropriated federal funds

Green Procurement Compilation – U.S. General Services Administration (Federal) Green Procurement Compilation 

ASTM International - ASTM develops standard test methods, specifications, practices, guides, classifications and terminology in 130 areas.

Biodegradable Products Institute - Non-profit that labels compostable products using scientifically based standards for compostable materials which biodegrade in large composting facilities.

BioPreferred® Program - USDA certifies and awards labels to qualifying products to increase consumer recognition of biobased products.

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

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.

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 - Third-party certification programs for indoor air quality.

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.

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.

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.

ENERGY STAR® Product Savings Calculators - Series of calculators that quantify the cost savings associated with using ENERGY STAR certified products over traditional models.

Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator - This calculator estimates the environmental and economic benefits of purchasing EPEAT-registered products, in addition to improvements in equipment operation and end-of-life management practices.

Flexible Fuel Vehicle Calculator - Although flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) are typically available at the same prices as comparable gasoline vehicles, the cost of E85 fuel is higher. This tool developed by EERE calculates the cost of driving the selected vehicle, gallons of gasoline saved, and pounds of greenhouse gases saved by fueling with E85.

Green Cleaning Pollution Prevention Calculator - This calculator, developed by US EPA, quantifies the projected environmental benefits of purchasing and using "green" janitorial services and products.

GREET Fleet Footprint Calculator – Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation (GREET) fuel-cycle model. Argonne National Laboratory has developed this tool for DOE Clean Cities takeholders to estimate these values using simple spreadsheet inputs.

Paper Calculator - A web-based tool developed by Environmental Defense which compares the environmental impacts of papers made with different levels of recycled content, ranging from 0% (virgin paper) to 100%.

Vehicle Cost Calculator - This calculator, developed by the US Department of Energy Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), allows fleets to compare the costs, benefits, and emissions of hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) with those of conventional vehicles.

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