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Green 101: Social & Environmental

Each RPN Purchasing Guide assesses the social and environmental issues associated with the respective product category. In general, the following issues are addressed:

  • Energy – embodied and end-use energy.
  • Hazardous Substances – the production and use of toxic substances in both indoor and outdoor environments and disposal.
  • Air Quality – indoor and outdoor air quality impacts from production, transport, and use.
  • Water – consumption and pollution of water.
  • End-of-Life Management – design for recyclability, remanufacture, and disposal issues.
  • Social Responsibility – corporate social responsibility considerations throughout a product’s lifecycle, including labor rights, human rights, and community involvement.

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