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Director's Corner: Executive Order Promotes Federal Green Purchasing

October 20, 2009

Source: White House Press Secretary

We could be forgiven for thinking the following text was extracted from an RPN rather than a White House press release: “[I]ncrease energy efficiency; reduce fleet petroleum consumption; conserve water; reduce waste; support sustainable communities; and leverage … purchasing power to promote environmentally-responsible products and technologies.”

The trend toward sustainable and responsible purchasing continues to move ahead at increasing speed. On October 5, 2009, President Obama issued the Executive Order “Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance” that calls for the following RPN priorities:

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from vendors and contractors
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with purchasing and operations
  • Reducing potable water consumption by 2 percent annually through 2020
  • Reducing printer paper use and acquiring uncoated printing and writing paper containing at least 30 percent postconsumer fiber
  • Ensuring that 95 percent of new contracts for products and services are energy-efficient, water efficient, biobased, environmentally preferable, non-ozone depleting, contain recycled content, or are non-toxic or less-toxic alternatives
  • Establishing and implementing policies to enable power management, duplex printing, and other energy-efficient features on all eligible agency electronics

RPN members and their responsible purchasing practices are an essential part of the trend that has lead to this Executive Order. Through our members, network, program benefits, resources, and assistance we will continue to establish responsible purchasing as the norm in the United States of America. One that is not worthy of a press release, just how we do business.

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