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"I've checked King County's list of Awarded Contracts, and don't see what I need. Now what?"

No contract? No problem! You can search for sustainable goods & services:

EnviroStars - This is a free, one-stop hub for Washington businesses to get information, help, and recognition for actions that protect their workplace, the community, and the planet. Led by a large coalition of cities, counties and utilities, EnviroStars links businesses to local environmental programs and incentives that can help them take green actions and get recognized for it.

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
  • Electricity

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.

Sector-specific strategies:

  • Flooring
  • Diesel Fuels
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Concrete
  • Asphalt
  • Food
  • 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.

 

Federal

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

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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