Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
The American National Standards In stitute (ANSI), in conjunction with the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has 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 will provide 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 Cir cular 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 strong ly encouraged to share the EPP presentation with its
members and committee participants.
Download the PowerPoint presentation
Product Standards for Sustainability (ANSI Workshop Report)
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