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Metro DC Governments Become Carbon Conscious Communities

July 01, 2008

Source: Responsible Purchasing Network

Washington DC area governments are banding together to share procurement strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  New American Dream’s Carbon Conscious Communities (C3) initiative recently brought together regional government purchasers and environmental program staff for a full day workshop organized by RPN and hosted by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

Fairfax County (VA), Montgomery County (MD), Howard County (MD), and the District of Columbia all identified carbon reduction goals and how responsible purchasing policies can help them reach those goals. The jurisdiction's procurement and environmental officials then identified priority product areas, ranging from lighting and computers to fleet vehicles and electricity purchases. 

An additional positive outcome from the meeting: the meeting's host, MWCOG, turned into a full participant and pledged to address such issues as cooperative purchasing, lighting, and electronics recycling.

The Carbon Conscious Communities Campaign 

RPN selected six government agencies to work with in 2008 to help them use procurement strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within their communities.  

Phase one of the C3 campaign began in late 2007.  Dubbed "Carbon Conscious Consumers," the first phase challenged individuals to take personal steps each month to reduce their carbon emissions. The second phase takes the program to the community level and will involve New American Dream staff working with citizens as RPN works directly with government agencies to help them achieve large-scale reductions in their greenhouse gas emissions. 

Along with the four DC Metropolitan jurisdictions referenced above, RPN will also be working with the City of Montpelier, VT and the California Department of General Services.

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