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Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

In 2013 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released, for public comment, Draft Guidelines for Product Environmental Performance Standards and Ecolabels for Voluntary Use in Federal Procurement, proposed to help federal purchasers select greener products and meet sustainability purchasing goals.

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EPP Presentation

In conjunction with the EPA, ANSI developed a presentation to introduce all ANSI-Accredited Standards Developers to the topic of Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP). The PowerPoint slideshow is freely available and provides information on how voluntary consensus standards can incorporate EPP provisions to protect the environment, and reflect life-cycle concerns. Standards developer staff are encouraged to share the presentation with members of the development body.
A primary objective of this exercise is to assist the EPA in achieving its agency mission, which is to protect human health and to safe guard the natural environment — air, water, and land — upon which life depends. The EPA wants more standards to incorporate environmental and life-cycle elements that can be referenced and/or recommended as the basis for both public and private sector purchasing decisions. This action supports the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA) (P.L. 104-113: 1996) and OMB Circular A-119. American National Standards exceed all requirements of NTTAA and OMB A-119 to be used as reference documents by federal agencies.
Each ANSI-accredited standards developer with standards that are impacted by EPP practices is strongly encouraged to share the EPP presentation with its members and committee participants.
Please click here to download the PowerPoint presentation


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