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RPN Weighs in on Federal Government's Role in Advancing Sustainable Products

February 01, 2011

Source: RPN

The US federal government, whose purchasing power tops $350 billion annually, is uniquely positioned to create markets for environmentally preferable and socially responsible goods and services.  RPN recently made recommendations on how two key federal agencies – the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the General Services Administration (GSA) – can stimulate the production and consumption of sustainable products in the United States. Last fall, RPN responded to a request for stakeholder input about strategies the EPA should adopt to “make a meaningful contribution to the development, manufacture, designation, and use of sustainable products.” After soliciting suggestions from our members, RPN submitted written comments urging the Agency to help the Federal Trade Commission crackdown on “greenwashing”, establish baseline eco-design standards for products offered for sale in the US, and help federal agencies identify, specify and performance test “green” products for their contracts.  Then, earlier this winter, at a listening session at the GSA HQ, RPN’s Director encouraged the federal government's procurement behemoth to undertake a comprehensive initiative to clearly label products with certified sustainability claims that are offered on federal contracts so that agency end-users can more easily find them when making purchasing decisions. Read the comments here.

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