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Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) is an international network of buyers dedicated to socially responsible and environmentally sustainable purchasing. Our membership program and consulting services provide institutional purchasers with cutting edge procurement tools and resources designed to save money, conserve resources, reduce waste, and improve efficiency. 

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RPN and San Francisco Release Report and Webinar Recording on the Best Rechargeable Batteries
In their report Charging Ahead: How to Find Powerful Rechargeable Batteries that Go On..and On, San Francisco and RPN reviewed the latest technologies and the most important performance indicators for rechargeable batteries. More More
RPN and Massachusetts Win Award for Nation's Largest Green Cleaning Supplies Contract
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Responsible Purchasing Network received a Leadership Award for a Special Sustainable Purchasing Initiative at the SPLC 2016 Annual Summit for their collaborative effort creating the nation's largest multi-state cooperative purchasing agreement for environmentally preferable cleaning supplies and equipment. More More
Safer Seating Webinar Slides and Recording Available
Learn more about RPN's webinar on how purchasing agents and advocates are working together to identify the chemical hazards that are lurking in (and on) office chairs, couches, desks, and other types of furniture. More More
Purchasing Products With Safer Chemicals
Webinar Slides and Recording Now Available
The Lowell Center for Sustainable Production teamed up with RPN, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, and the Green Electronics Council to highlight steps institutions can take to procure products made with safer chemicals and materials. More More
Saving the Pollinators Webinar Slides and Recording Available
RPN and Friends of the Earth co-hosted a webinar on purchasing strategies government agencies, educational institutions, and businesses can implement to protect bees and other pollinators. More More


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SPLC Announces Winners of 2016 Leadership Awards for Sustainable Purchasing
SPLC recognized 12 organizations and one individual for their leadership in the sustainable purchasing, including many RPN members. The award winners employed a wide range of sustainable purchasing strategies and documented the resulting environmental, social, and/or economic benefits. More More
Green Electronics Council Announces 38 EPEAT Sustainable Purchasing Award Winners
The winners' procurement of EPEAT-registered computers, printers, copiers, and TVs saved $16.8 million in annual energy costs and reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions equal to taking nearly 30,000 passenger cars off the road for a year. More More
Health Care Sustainability Leaders Announce New Green Purchasing Coop
RPN Helping GX Source Healthy Products
Greenhealth Exchange (GX) will offer a broad range of green products used in health care settings; owners cite healing mission of health care and the desire to accelerate use of safer products and services. More More