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LYNN L. BERGESON

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Federal Procurement
Continues To Go Green
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The Obama Administration is committed to greening the federal
procurement process. As a further expression of its commitment,
on Nov. 20, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
announced its intent to release for comment proposed Draft
Guidelines for Product Environmental Performance Standards
and Ecolabels for Voluntary Use in Federal Procurement (Draft
Guidelines). Developed by the EPA, the General Services
Administration (GSA), and other federal agencies, the Draft
Guidelines are intended to help federal purchasers identify and
select greener products and meet sustainability purchasing goals.
This article explains the Draft Guidelines and identifies opportunities for entities servicing federal purchasing needs.
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Under several federal purchasing mandates, including but not limited to
Executive Order 13514 (Federal
Leadership in Environmental, Energy
and Economic Performance) and the
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)
23.103, federal agencies must ensure
that 95 percent of their acquisitions
and contracts are sustainable, such as
by buying environmentally preferable
products. To help meet this requirement, in early 2011 EPA, GSA and other
federal agencies created an interagency workgroup to identify existing
environmental purchasing requirements for federal buyers and existing
guidelines and protocols for standards
and ecolabels. The workgroup convened listening sessions with a wide
range of stakeholders that focused on
how the federal government can be


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