Resource Library - Supply Chain

Organizations and Programs

EPA’s EPP Program. Environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) helps the federal government "buy green," and in doing so, uses the federal government's enormous buying power to stimulate market demand for green products and services. Geared first to help federal purchasers, this site can help green vendors, businesses large and small , and consumers.

The EPPnet LISTSERV (, powered by NERC, provides quick access to information, such as: availability of product specifications, vendors of particular products, pricing information, and strategies to achieve recycled product procurement goals and federal procurement policies.

Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) a membership network of buyers dedicated to socially responsible and environmentally sustainable purchasing.

Ecologo Program. Recognized and respected certification program, setting standards and certifying a variety of products.

Sustainable Hospitals: Provides technical support for selecting health care products and work practices that reduce occupational and environmental hazards. Website includes an extensive list of alternative medical products.

Green Seal is an independent, non-profit organization that uses science-based standards and the power of the marketplace to create a more sustainable world.

Premier, Inc. GreenHealthy ® Environmental Leadership for Healthcare initiative features guidance on environmentally preferable purchasing and health care energy use reduction.

EPP Specifications, Environmental Claims, and Certification Programs

EPA’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Database—a tool to facilitate the purchase of products and services with reduced environmental impacts. The database contains information on mandatory purchase programs contained in FAR Part 23 (Energy Star, CPG, and Biopreferred Products) as well as environmental products available through supply programs such as Ability One and the U.S. General Services Administration.

EPA's list by products and services:

Buildings and Construction





Food Services


Meetings & Conferences

Office Supplies


Products with EPP language from the CT EPP database:

EcoLogo Program: not only a standard setting organization, but also has a great searchable database by product or service. Ecologo is a program sponsored by TerraChoice, an organization founded on principles of science-based marketing to address issues of “greenwashing.” For more information:

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims

ISO 14000—International Standards developed for and by organizations designing and implementing an effective environmental management systems:

ISO 14020—Environmental Labels and Declarations—General Principles

ISO 14021:Environmental Labels and Declarations—Self-Declared Environmental Claims  (Type II Environmental Labeling)

ISO 14024:Environmental Labels and Declarations—Type I Environmental Labeling(Principles and Procedures)


The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool: An on-line tool to select and compare computer desktops, laptops and monitors based on their environmental attributes. Note: this is a voluntary registration program with a verification program, not a certification.

Environmental Defense Fund Paper Calculator: Helps quantify the benefits of various paper choices (percent recycled, etc.).


Total Cost of Ownership Analysis (TCO)/Cost of Ownership (COO): a good overview by Solution Matrix.

U.S. GPO sustainability Web pages:

Health Trust Purchasing Group


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