City Purchasing and Contracting Services
Green Purchasing Links and Resources
The following links provide information and resources for environmental initiatives, public agency programs and green certifications and standards.
City of Seattle Fact Sheets Tips for reducing toxic chemical use at the City of Seattle.
Clinton Climate Initiative strives to apply a business-oriented approach to the fight against climate change in practical and measurable ways.
Responsible Purchasing Network is a national network of procurement-related professionals dedicated to socially responsible and environmentally sustainable purchasing. The RPN provides detailed information and specification to consider when selecting green products including:
Sustainable Purchasing Guide is published by the Greater Vancouver Regional District.
TerraChoice is a science-based environmental marketing firm focused on environmental certifications, programs and policies.
US Communities/Green is a one-stop source for environmentally certified products and services.
Public Agency Programs
City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability - BPS promotes renewable energy resources, pollution prevention and solid waste reduction.
King County Environmental Purchasing Program - The County EPP provides technical assistance to help County Buyers identify, evaluate and purchase environmentally preferable products.
Office of the Federal Environmental Executive - Promotes sustainable environmental stewardship throughout federal government.
US Dept of Agriculture BioPreferred - Federal purchasing program to increase the use of biobased products by federal agencies.
US EPA - Published Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines as part of the “buy recycled” program.
Washington State Department of Ecology - The Department of Ecology strives to prevent pollution, clean up pollution and support sustainable communities and natural resources.
Washington State General Administration - The state's sustainability initiative is focused on recycling, green commuting and building and energy conservation.
Green Certifications, Standards and Resources
Alternative Fuels & Advanced Vehicles Data Center - US Department of Energy's clearinghouse of data, tools and information related to advanced transportation technologies.
Conservatree - Nonprofit organization dedicated to developing a market for ecologically sound papers.
EcoLogo Program - EcoLogo sets third-party environmental standards and certifications.
Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) - Evaluates and rates PCs, monitors and notebooks based on their environmental impact.
Energy Star - A joint program of the US EPA and US Department of Energy that helps consumers and businesses identify energy efficient products.
Green Seal - Nonprofit organization that provides scientifically-based environmental certification standards.
Pacific NW Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) - Nonprofit organization that promotes environmental protection through pollution prevention.
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency- Regional based organization committed to climate protection through education, incentives and enforcement.
US EPA Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP)>- EPP program helps the federal government "buy green" and stimulates market demand for green products and services.