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1997 Economic Census - Retail Trade [PDF]
Abstract: Economic census for retail trade.
Source: US Census Bureau
URL: http://www.census.gov/prod/ec97/97r44-sm.pdf

1997 Economic Census - Wholesale Trade [PDF]
Abstract: Economic census for wholesale trade.
Source: US Census Bureau
URL: http://www.census.gov/prod/ec97/97w42-sm.pdf

1998 Annual Capital Expenditures [PDF]
Abstract: The Annual Capital Expenditures Survey (ACES) is part of a comprehensive program designed to provide more detailed and timely information on capital investment in structures and equipment by non-farm businesses.
Source: US Census Bureau
URL: http://www.census.gov/prod/2000pubs/ace-98.pdf

A Consumer's Guide to Retail Carbon Offset Providers [PDF]
Abstract: Individuals, campuses and businesses are increasingly thinking about how to measure and reduce their carbon footprints. Consumers' Guide to Retail Carbon Offset Providers offers guidance on potential solutions by providing criteria for purchasing carbon offsets.
Source: Clean Air-Cool Planet
URL: http://www.gomotorcoach.org/documents/ConsumersGuidetoCarbon
Offsets.pdf

Energy Star Calculators
Abstract:
Source:
URL: http://www.energystar.gov/?c=bulk_purchasing.bus_pu
rchasing

EnviroCalc-Environmental Benefits and Cost Savings Calculator for Purchasers
Abstract:
Source:
URL: http://www.mass.gov/Eoaf/docs/osd/epp/envirocalc_main_page.d
oc

Environmental Benefits Calculator
Abstract:
Source:
URL: http://www.nerc.org/documents/environmental_benefits_calcula
tor.html

Environmental Supply Chain Management
Abstract: A study aimed at examining environmental issues of relevance to supply chain management
Source: Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies
URL: http://www.ism.ws/pubs/proceedings/confproceedingsdetail.cfm
?ItemNumber=11140

From Waste to Resource Management: Reinventing Waste Contracts and Services [PDF]
Abstract: A discussion paper on the defining "resource management" explores the benefits of restructuring waste contracts to provide incentives for reducing waste
Source: United States Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/smm/wastewise/pubs/rmpaper.p
df

Green Procurement
Abstract: A set of articles about purchasing decisions and products that prevent pollution
Source: Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center
URL: http://pprc.org/pubs/newsletter/news1199.html

Green Procurement
Abstract: A set of articles about purchasing decisions and products that prevent pollution
Source: Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center
URL: http://pprc.org/pubs/newsletter/news1199.html

Guide to Purchasing Green Power [PDF]
Abstract: Provides an overview of green power markets and describes the necessary steps to buying green power.
Source: World Resources Institute
URL: http://pdf.wri.org/guide_purchase_green.pdf

Guide to the Business Case & Benefits of Sustainability Purchasing [PDF]
Abstract: This Guide was produced to help organizations understand the triple bottom line benefits (financial, social and environmental) and costs of sustainability purchasing. As with any new business decision, cost-benefit information can help support decision-making at the board, executive, departmental and end-user levels. This Guide outlines the business case benefits and costs for sustainability purchasing and identifies important process considerations that impact the business case, such as the cost of designing and managing a sustainability purchasing program and the benefits of using "total cost of ownership" or life cycle assessment processes in purchasing.
Source: Sustainability Purchasing Network
URL: http://www.buysmartbc.com/_Library/Resources/resource_bsn_bu
siness_case_to_sustainability_2008.pdf

Promoting Green Purchasing in North America [PDF]
Abstract: This implementation plan aims to provide tools and information to encourage institutions, including governments at all levels, universities, hospitals, and private companies, to increase their purchases of green cleaning products, green office supplies and equipment, and green electricity.
Source: Commission for Environmental Cooperation
URL: http://www.cec.org/files/pdf/ECONOMY/NAGPI_plan_en.pdf

Public Procurement and Energy Efficiency in the Pacific Northwest [PDF]
Abstract: Market research study for purchasing energy efficient technologies
Source: Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
URL: http://www.energyideas.org/documents/misc/procurerpt.pdf

Ranking
Abstract:
Source:
URL: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/epp/top20.htm

Scientific Certification Systems
Abstract:
Source:
URL: http://www.scs1.com

Strategic Contracting Increases Waste Prevention and Materials Recycling [PDF]
Abstract: A report of resource management among Nebraska organizations.
Source: Resource Recycling
URL: http://www.epa.gov/wastes/conserve/smm/wastewise/pubs/rr_rm.
pdf

Supporting Green Markets [PDF]
Abstract: This report provides an overview of several key programs in Canada, Mexico and the United States established to recognize and promote environmental characteristics or attributes of products and services. This report provides a synthesis of three separate reports prepared by three consulting firms in Canada, Mexico and the United States around issues of labeling, certification and procurement. Given the broad range of public and private sector schemes in place in the three NAFTA countries, this report is intended to be illustrative of key programs, rather than comprehensive. Put another way, it is not feasible to review all programs in place in the three countries, in large part because both environmental policy and markets are highly dynamic, constantly evolving, merging and changing.
Source: Commission for Environmental Cooperation
URL: http://www.cec.org/files/pdf/ECONOMY/labels-e_EN.pdf

Switching to Green: A Renewable Energy Guide for Office and Retail Companies [PDF]
Abstract: A practical resource for companies that want to "green" their energy supply but don't know how.
Source: World Resources Institute
URL: http://pdf.wri.org/switching_to_green.pdf

The EPA's Waste Reduction Model (WARM)
Abstract:
Source:
URL: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/waste/calculators/Warm
_Form.html

The Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) Calculators
Abstract:
Source:
URL: http://www.responsiblepurchasing.org/purchasing_guides/all/c
alculator/

Waste at Work - Prevention Strategies for the Bottom Line
Abstract: Business tips to reduce waste disposal, purchasing, and operational costs
Source: INFORM
URL: http://www.informinc.org/wasteatwork.php

Waste Service Providers Become Resource Managers
Abstract: A discussion of resource mangement and its potential
Source: Biocycle
URL: http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/3035268/waste-ser
vice-providers-become-resource-managers

WasteWise Update: Environmentally Prefereable Purchasing [PDF]
Abstract: Sixteen pages identify the benefits of EPP, describes how to establish and maintain an EPP program, and provides EPP examples.
Source: United States Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/smm/wastewise/pubs/wwupda15.
pdf

WasteWise Update: Environmentally Prefereable Purchasing [PDF]
Abstract: Sixteen pages identify the benefits of EPP, describes how to establish and maintain an EPP program, and provides EPP examples.
Source: United States Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/smm/wastewise/pubs/wwupda15.
pdf


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Complying with the Environmental Marketing Guides
Abstract: FTC's view of the range and scope of the Environmental Guides, with useful, understandable suggestions for businesses.
Source: Federal Trade Commission
URL: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/business/energy/bus42.shtm

FTC Chairman Steiger Announces National Guidelines to Prevent Misleading Environmental Marketing Claims
Abstract: Early press release fully describing FTC environmental guides.
Source: Federal Trade Commission
URL: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/predawn/F93/greenguid3.htm

Guide for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims [PDF]
Abstract: An introduction to substantiated environmental marketing claims and FTCs environmental guides.
Source: Federal Trade Commission
URL: http://www.ftc.gov/os/2012/10/greenguides.pdf

Key Environmental Attributes to Consider for the Federal Electronics Challenge [PDF]
Abstract: A fact sheet that outlines some key environmental attributes to consider when purchasing a piece of electronic equipment that is not included in the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT). The fact sheet also includes processes and programs that you can implement to ensure greener purchases of these electronic products.
Source: Federal Electronics Challenge
URL: http://www.epa.gov/fec/resources/topenv.pdf

Pollution Prevention Handbook - Shipping and Receiving Operations [PDF]
Abstract: Provides options to reduce waste at shipping operations
Source: Department of Interior, Environmental Policy and Compliance
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/01/00587.pdf

Sorting Out 'Green' Advertising Claims
Abstract: Consumer education bulletin helps buyers find fact among the fluff.
Source: Federal Trade Commission
URL: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/general/gen02.shtm

Sorting Out 'Green' Advertising Claims
Abstract: Four page consumer education bulletin helps buyers find fact among the fluff.
Source: Federal Trade Commission
URL: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/1999/04/green.shtm

What is Resource Management?
Abstract: Describes how to develop compensation for services based on waste reduction goals.
Source: United States Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/smm/wastewise/wrr/rm.htm


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Bureau of Recycling and Planning
Abstract: Links to manufacturers and suppliers of recycled content carpeting
Source: NJ Department of Environmental Protection
URL: http://newjersey.gov/dep/dshw/recycling/mission.htm

Bureau of Recycling and Planning
Abstract: Links to manufacturers and suppliers of recycled content carpeting
Source: NJ Department of Environmental Protection
URL: http://newjersey.gov/dep/dshw/recycling/mission.htm

FTC Workshop on Environmental Marketing Guides
Abstract: A list of documents detailing the development and deployment of the guides. Includes links to request for comments, and comments received.
Source: Federal Trade Commission
URL: http://www.ftc.gov/opp/green/green.htm

The FTC's Environmental Cases
Abstract: A list of companies with whom the FTC disagreed about the substantiation used to make their environmental claims.
Source: Federal Trade Commission
URL: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/grnrule/environ-cases.htm


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ENERGY STAR Online Training Sessions
Abstract: Free online training and presentations designed to help users improve the energy performance of their organizations.

All online training sessions and presentations are available in one or more of the following formats (please see training descriptions for more information):

Self-guided Presentations (PDF format) - Available for downloading

Live Web Conferences - Pre-registration required (see system requirements)

Pre-recorded Trainings - Available for downloading (see system requirements).

In order to play these trainings, users must download the free player along with the training. Once opened, the player will prompt users to select the training.

Source: U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.energystar.gov/?c=business.bus_internet_
presentations

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Guide
Abstract: This guide is a reference tool for government and school purchasers who want to buy more wisely. Identifying examples in over 30 product areas, the Guide will help you find ways to reduce workplace hazards, consume less energy, and protect natural resources. In each category, the Guide surveys the latest field information and provides details on cost, performance, and vendors. And with extensive up-to-date lists of resources and contacts, additional help is readily available.
Source: Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board (Minnesota)
URL: http://www.rethinkrecycling.com/government/eppg

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing How-To Guide
Abstract: This publication explains what Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) is and how to implement an EPP program. This publication is part of Going Green: A Resource Kit for Pollution Prevention in Health Care.
Source: Health Care Without Harm
URL: http://www.noharm.org/us_canada/issues/purchasing/epp.php

EPP General Training Tool
Abstract: This tool covers basic EPP principles, along with some more in-depth applications of EPP.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/epp/tools/

G.I.P.P.E.R.'s Guide to Environmental Purchasing [PDF]
Abstract: This Third Edition of GIPPER's Guide to Environmental Purchasing is a tool to assist purchasers' to incorporate environmental considerations into the procurement process. The document describes a number of methods for doing this, one of which is the application of environmental criteria to target product and service categories.
Source: City of Toronto
URL: https://www.opba.ca/chapters/nigp-opba/files/GipperGuidetoEn
vpurchasing20021339422376615.pdf

Private Sector Pioneers: How Companies Are Incorporating Environmentally Preferable Purchasing [PDF]
Abstract: 44 page manual of case studies from the private sector notes differences with the public sector and provides insight into incentives for participating and how to develop an EPP program.
Source: United States Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epp/pubs/case/privsect.pdf

Private Sector Pioneers: How Companies Are Incorporating Environmentally Preferable Purchasing [PDF]
Abstract: 44 page manual of case studies from the private sector notes differences with the public sector and provides insight into incentives for participating and how to develop an EPP program.
Source: United States Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epp/pubs/case/privsect.pdf

Promoting Green Purchasing: Tools and Resources to Quantify the Benefits of Enviornmentally Preferable Purchasing [PDF]
Abstract: This brief guide identifies a series of existing tools and resources that can be used to help develop quantitative estimates of the projected benefits of making new EPP choices and document the estimated benefits of past EPP actions. The tools and other resources summarized here are the most useful ones EPA found which are currently available. They tend to focus on environmental benefits, although some address other areas such as cost savings. Some of the resources are calculators, where users can enter set inputs and obtain outputs estimating impacts in their situation. Other resources are guides, collections of policies, lists of products, data collection and tracking instruments, etc.
Source: U.S. Enivronmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/oppt/epp/tools/epp_metrics.pdf

The Green Rider
Abstract: The purpose of the Green Rider is to provide information on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) programs that promote environmentally and economically sound building practices and energy efficiency.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7
URL: http://www.epa.gov/Region7/p2/green.htm

The Lean and Green Supply Chain: A Practical Guide for Materials Managers and Supply Chain Managers to Reduce Costs
Abstract: 58 page guide describes costs, benefits, a framework, and success stories for developing a greener supply chain management system.
Source: United States Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://tinyurl.com/anu3lme


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American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
Abstract: One of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world. ASTM develops standard test methods, specifications, practices, guides, classifications and terminology in 130 areas.
Source: American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
URL: http://www.astm.org/cgi-bin/SoftCart.exe/index.shtml?E+mysto
re

Big Green Discussion Group
Abstract: The BigGreen Discussion Group is an online forum focusing on implementing sustainable design and construction principles on large-scale projects.
Source: BigGreen.org
URL: http://www.biggreen.org/

Chlorine Free Products
Abstract: Chlorine Free Products Association {CFPA} is an independent not-for-profit accreditation and standard setting organization that certifies chlorine free products.
Source: Chlorine Free Products Association {CFPA}
URL: http://www.chlorinefreeproducts.org/aboutus.html

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Purchasing & Procurement Language
Abstract: Sample procurement language (specifications) for Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy
URL: http://www.energystar.gov/?fuseaction=find_a_produc
t.showProductGroup&pgw_code=LB

Complying with the Environmental Marketing Guides
Abstract: 36 pages include a complete set of Environmental guides. FTC's view of the range and scope of the Environmental Guides, with useful, understandable suggestions for businesses.
Source: Federal Trade Commission
URL: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2012/10/greenguides.shtm

Complying with the Environmental Marketing Guides
Abstract: 36 pages include a complete set of Environmental guides. FTC's view of the range and scope of the Environmental Guides, with useful, understandable suggestions for businesses.
Source: Federal Trade Commission
URL: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2012/10/greenguides.shtm

ConservaTree Web
Abstract: Cutting edge information on recycled, chlorine-free, tree-free paper
Source: The NEW ConservaTree
URL: http://www.conservatree.com/

Consumer's Guide to Buying a Solar Electric System [PDF]
Abstract: This booklet is designed to guide you through the process of buying a solar electric system. A word of caution: This is not a technical guide for designing or installing your system--for that information, we recommend that you consult an experienced PV system designer or system supplier ("PV provider") who will have detailed technical specifications and other necessary information.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
URL: http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy04osti/35297.pdf

Environmental Purchasing Starter Kit
Abstract: The Environmental Purchasing Starter Kit helps counties create a safer workplace for employees and a healthier community. By using the resources contained in this kit, your county can adopt a purchasing program that supports your environmental protection goals while stimulating investment in new industry.
Source: National Association of Counties
URL: http://www.uscounties.org/kit/greenkit/index.html

EPEAT
Abstract: A procurement tool to help institutional purchasers in the public and private sectors evaluate, compare and select desktop computers, notebooks and monitors based on their environmental attributes. EPEAT also provides a clear and consistent set of performance criteria for the design of products, and provides an opportunity for manufacturers to secure market recognition for efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its products.
Source: Green Electronics Council
URL: http://www.epeat.net/

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
Abstract: An international labeling program for forest products, which certifies that the product comes from a forest that meets internationally recognized standards.
Source: Forest Stewardship Council
URL: http://www.fscus.org/

Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN)
Abstract: A non-profit association of third-party, environmental performance labelling organizations founded in 1994 to improve, promote, and develop the "ecolabelling" of products and services.
Source: Global Ecolabelling Network
URL: http://www.globalecolabelling.net/members_associates/

Green Seal
Abstract: an independent, nonprofit organization which sets environmental standards and awards a "Green Seal of Approval" to products that cause less harm to the environment than other similar products.
Source: Green Seal
URL: http://www.greenseal.org/findaproduct/

Green-e - Renewable Electricity Program
Abstract: Helps you make informed choices about buying green electricity.
Source: Center for Resource Solutions
URL: http://green-e.org

Greenguard
Abstract: The Greenguard Environmental Institute (GEI) strives to improve public health and quality of life through programs that improve indoor air quality. GEI currently has third-party certification programs that certify interior building materials, furnishings, finish systems and new multifamily and commerical properties in one of three areas: indoor air quality, children and schools, and mold.
Source: Greenguard Environmental Institute (GEI)
URL: http://www.greenguard.org/Default.aspx?tabid=14

GreenPoint Rated Program
Abstract: Building It Green.org is a professional non-profit membership organization whose mission is to promote healthy, energy and resource-efficient buildings in California. It's GreenPoint Rated program certifies new home construction.
Source: Build It Green.org
URL: http://www.builditgreen.org/greenpoint-rated

LEED
Abstract: Developed a market transformation for higher performance buildings, called the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings' performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.
Source: United States Green Building Council
URL: http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=222&

Part 260 - Guides for the Use of Environmetnal Marketing Claims
Abstract: FTC regulations include general principles and FTC interpretation about how to substantiate environmetnl marketing claims.
Source: Federal Trade Commission
URL: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/grnrule/guides980427.htm

Residential Lighting Procurement Language
Abstract: Residential lighting procurement language for contracts provided by the EPA and DOE's Energy Star program.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy
URL: http://tinyurl.com/b4grudm

Responsible Purchasing Goes High Tech [PowerPoint] [PDF]
Abstract: PowerPoint presentation that discusses EPEAT's environmental criteria and system for identifying and verifying products. Presentation makes it easy to share EPEAT information with colleagues.
Source: Green Electronics Council
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/51/50005.pdf

SCS Certified Products
Abstract: SCS is a neutral third party testing and certification organization that evaluates wide variety of food safety and environmental claims.
Source: Scientific Certification Systems (SCS)
URL: http://www.scscertified.com/products/

Small Wind Electric Systems: A U.S. Consumer's Guide [PDF]
Abstract: The purpose of this guide is to provide you with the basic information about small wind electric systems to help you decide if wind energy will work for you.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
URL: http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy05osti/37633.pdf

Standardization and Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
Abstract: PowerPoint presentation. This overview is intended to introduce standards developing organizations (SDO's) to the topic of Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP). The slides will provide information on how voluntary consensus standards can incorporate EPP provisions to protect the environment, and reflect life-cycle concerns.
Source: American National Standards Institute
URL: http://publicaa.ansi.org/sites/apdl/Documents/Government%20A
ffairs/Environmentally%20Preferable%20Purchasing/EPA%20L
ife-Cycle%20for%20SDOs-final-11-25.ppt#264,2,Standardiza
tion and Environmentally Preferable Purchasing


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Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES)
Abstract: The free, downloadable BEES (Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability) software brings to your fingertips a powerful technique for selecting cost-effective, environmentally-preferable building products. The tool is based on consensus standards and designed to be practical, flexible, and transparent. Version 3.0 of the Windows-based decision support software, aimed at designers, builders, and product manufacturers, includes actual environmental and economic performance data for nearly 200 building products.

BEES measures the environmental performance of building products by using the life-cycle assessment approach specified in the ISO 14040 series of standards. All stages in the life of a product are analyzed: raw material acquisition, manufacture, transportation, installation, use, and recycling and waste management. Economic performance is measured using the ASTM standard life-cycle cost method, which covers the costs of initial investment, replacement, operation, maintenance and repair, and disposal. Environmental and economic performance are combined into an overall performance measure using the ASTM standard for Multi-Attribute Decision Analysis. For the entire BEES analysis, building products are defined and classified according to the ASTM standard classification for building elements known as UNIFORMAT II.

Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology
URL: http://www.bfrl.nist.gov/oae/software/bees.html

Durable Goods Calculator
Abstract: EPA created the Durable Goods Calculator (DGC) to help companies and individuals understand the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission implications of various disposal methods for durable goods. GHG emission and energy estimates provided by the Durable Goods Calculator are intended to support voluntary GHG measurement and reporting initiatives as well as provide information regarding the GHG emission implications of waste management decisions. The Calculator estimates GHG emissions benefits in MTCE and energy savings in MMBtu for recycling, landfilling and combustion of 14 typical durable goods. The DGC is available as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet (102.8 kb WinZip file).

The DGC calculates GHG emissions and energy consumption related to disposal activities using analyses of baseline and alternative disposal scenarios. For example, the tool will allow the user to estimate the GHG emissions and energy benefits of disposing of appliances with varying percentages being recycled, combusted or landfilled.

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.sustainablecitiesinstitute.org/view/page.basic/ca
lculator/feature.calculator/Calculator_EPA_Durable_Goods
_Disposal

Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator
Abstract: The Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator (EEBC) was developed to assist organizations in estimating the environmental benefits of greening their purchase, use and disposal of electronics.
Source: Federal Electronics Challenge
URL: http://www.epa.gov/fec/publications.html#calculator

Energy Calculators and Software for Buildings
Abstract: The tools and calculators available on this web site may be of use to building managers who want to evaluate buildings' energy use. These tools can help building managers make decisions about using energy efficient technologies in their buildings.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy
URL: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/tools_directory/subje
cts.cfm/pagename=subjects/pagename_menu=whole_building_a
nalysis/pagename_submenu=load_calculation

Energy Escalation Rate Calculator (EERC)
Abstract: The Energy Escalation Rate Calculator computes an average annual escalation rate for fuel prices from the annual energy price forecasts of the Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration. This rate can be used to escalate contract payments in Energy Savings Performance Contracts and Utility Energy Services Contracts when the payments are based on projected annual energy cost savings. The calculator prompts the user for information on project location, fuel usage, industry sector, and the beginning and end dates of the performance period. It then calculates the average rate of fuel price escalation over the duration of the performance period, weighted by the proportions of fuel types used in the project.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy, Federal Energy Management Program
URL: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/femp/information/download_blcc.h
tml#eerc

Energy Estimator: Animal Housing
Abstract: The Energy Estimator for Animal Housing tool is designed to enable you to estimate potential energy savings associated with swine, poultry or dairy cows housing operations on your farm or ranch. This tool evaluates major energy costs in lighting, ventilation and heating costs for swine and poultry. It evaluates major energy costs with lighting air circulation, milk cooling, water heating and milk harvesting costs for typical dairy. This tool does not provide site specific recommendations.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natrual Resources Conservation Service
URL: http://ahat.sc.egov.usda.gov/

Energy Estimator: Irrigation
Abstract: The Energy Estimator for Irrigation tool enables you to estimate potential energy savings associated with pumping water for irrigation. NRCS technical specialists developed this model to integrate general technical information farm-specific crops, energy prices, and pumping requirement. This tool does not provide field-specific recommendations.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
URL: http://ipat.sc.egov.usda.gov/

Energy Estimator: Nitrogen
Abstract: The Energy Estimator for Nitrogen tool enables you to calculate the potential cost-savings related to nitrogen use on your farm or ranch. NRCS agronomists developed this model to integrate general technical information on nitrogen use with farm-specific information on fertilizer types, costs, timing, and placement. This tool does not provide field-specific recommendations.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
URL: http://nfat.sc.egov.usda.gov/

Energy Estimator: Tillage
Abstract: The Energy Estimator for Tillage tool estimates diesel fuel use and costs in the production of key crops in your area and compares potential energy savings between conventional tillage and alternative tillage systems. The crops covered are limited to the most predominant crops in 74 Crop Management Zones (CMZ's). NRCS agronomists have identified these crops and estimated the fuel use associated with common tillage systems. The Energy Estimator gives you an idea of the magnitude of diesel fuel savings under different levels of tillage.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
URL: http://ecat.sc.egov.usda.gov/

ENERGY STAR Savings Calculators
Abstract: ENERGY STAR savings calculators for 11 appliance categories, with savings calculators available for specific appliances under each category. These calculators compare the cost savings of ENERGY STAR units over conventional units. Calculators estimate annual operating and life-cycle costs.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.energystar.gov/?c=bulk_purchasing.bus_pu
rchasing#elect

Environmental Benefits Calculator
Abstract: NERC's Environmental Benefits Calculator generates estimates of the environmental benefits of a study area, based on the tonnages of materials that are source reduced, reused, recycled, landfilled, or incinerated (includes waste-to-energy). The Calculator is based on per ton figures of the estimated energy use and emissions from several lifecycle analysis studies. The estimates are average figures based on "typical" facilities and operating characteristics existing in the United States. The Calculator is usable by any state, region, county, town, institution, school and business in the United States.

Factors that are not included in this Calculator are landfill gas recovery and generation of electricity by waste-to-energy. The Calculator incorporates U.S. EPA's most recent WARM Calculator, as well as, facts and figures for the US Department of Energy, Steel Recycling Institute, Glass Packaging Institute, and US Climate Technology Cooperation Gateway, to name a few. More facts and figures can be found cited throughout the Calculator.

Source: Northeast Recycling Council, Inc.
URL: http://www.nerc.org/topic_areas/environmental_benefits_calcu
lator.html

Gas Mileage Impact Calculator
Abstract: Compares the relative gas consumption, miles per gallon, and tailpipe emissions for hybrid and conventional vehicles.
Source: HybridCars.com
URL: http://www.hybridcars.com/calculator/

Green Building Professionals
Abstract: Searchable database of green building professionals
Source: City of Austin - Green Building Program
URL: http://www.greenbuilder.com/

Green Building Professionals
Abstract: Searchable database of green building professionals
Source: City of Austin - Green Building Program
URL: http://www.greenbuilder.com/

Green Cleaning Pollution Prevention Calculator
Abstract: The Green Cleaning Pollution Prevention Calculator quantifies the projected environmental benefits of purchasing and using "green" janitorial services and products. It is designed to forecast the environmental benefits of reducing chemical use by doing some or all pollution prevention measures typically involved in the routine interior cleaning of an office building. This tool also enables users to identify which green cleaning measures will have the greatest impact in reducing their use of hazardous chemicals and in preventing pollution.

The Calculator's output applies only to standard office cleaning products and practices, and does not apply to other building maintenance issues, such as equipment maintenance, pest control, or landscaping activities.

Source: Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.responsiblepurchasing.org/janitor/buildinginfo.as
p

Green Purchasing Self-Assessment Tool
Abstract: The North American Green Purchasing Initiative's Self-Assessment Tool (Eco-S.A.T.) is designed to help professional purchasers evaluate their organization's environmental purchasing initiatives and identify opportunities for improvement.

Eco-S.A.T. can be used by any organization with a structured purchasing system, including all levels of government (national, provincial/state and municipal levels), hospitals, schools, universities, and large corporations. Purchasers can also share this tool with their suppliers to help them anticipate possible future needs. The tool is not limited to any specific product group and will apply to any commodity purchased including services.

This self-assessment tool could also be used to assess whether an organization's environmental purchasing practices seem worthy of certification by an independent third-party organization such as TerraChoice Marketing Services or Green Seal.

Source: Commission for Environmental Cooperation
URL: http://www.cec.org/eco-sat/Webform/Checklist.aspx

Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) Cost Calculator Tool
Abstract: Clean Cities' HEV Cost Calculator allows fleets to compare the costs, benefits, and emissions of hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) with those of conventional vehicles. It has two parts:

Single Vehicle Tool: Users can select one HEV and one conventional vehicle for comparison. Factoring in purchase price, fuel costs, repair and maintenance costs, resale value, and applicable tax incentives, the tool calculates expected lifetime costs for both vehicles, as well as cost and emissions savings associated with purchasing the HEV.

Fleet Tool: Users can compare two fleets of up to five vehicles-one composed of HEVs and the other made up of conventional vehicles. The tool calculates lifetime costs and emissions for each vehicle fleet.

Outputs are provided per vehicle, per year, and per mile.

This tool was developed for fleets, but can also be used by the general public for individual estimates. If you are not a fleet user, please understand that the purchase costs, resale values, maintenance costs, and discounting factors may not be transferable to individual purchasing experiences. Fleets tend to receive special fleet pricing and may have lower maintenance costs than privately owned vehicles. The default values provided in the tool are estimates and can be overridden by the user.

Source: U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
URL: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/calc/

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
Abstract: Self-assessing system designed for rating new and existing buildings
Source: US Green Building Council
URL: http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CategoryID=19

Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) Environmentally Preferable Products Procurement Listserv (EPPNET)
Abstract: Electronic listserve for procurement professionals
Source: Northeast Recycling Council
URL: http://www.nerc.org/eppnet/index.html

Paper Calculator
Abstract: The Paper Calculator is a web-based tool that enables companies, communities, schools, NGOs and other organizations to understand and improve their paper use. The Paper Calculator calculates the U.S. average energy and wood consumption and environmental releases of different paper types across their full lifecycle. For each of thirteen major grades of paper and paperboard, it allows the user to compare the environmental impacts of papers made with different levels of recycled content, ranging from 0% (virgin paper) to 100%. It also allows the user to see how using less paper or changing other specifications can reduce environmental impacts. The Paper Calculator can compare individual papers, or groups of papers. Finally, the Paper Calculator generates easy-to-read reports that help communicate the environmental benefits of better paper choices.

Source: Environmental Defense
URL: http://www.edf.org/news/paper-calculator-makes-it-easy-busin
esses-save-money-and-protect-environment

Power Profiler
Abstract: After users enter a zip code, EPA's Power Profiler will determine 1) how the air emissions impacts and fuel mix of the electricity they use compare to the national average and 2) the specific air emissions impacts associated with your home or business's electricity use.
Source: United States Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-and-you/how-clean.html

Recycled Content (ReCon) Tool
Abstract: EPA created the Recycled Content (ReCon) Tool to help companies and individuals estimate life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy impacts from purchasing and/or manufacturing materials with varying degrees of post-consumer recycled content. Emission estimates provided by the ReCon Tool are intended to support voluntary GHG measurement and reporting initiatives, as well as such initiatives as EPA's Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG) Program. ReCon is available both as a web-based calculator and as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet (82 kb WinZip archive).

The ReCon Tool calculates GHG emissions and energy consumption related to purchasing and/or manufacturing activities using analyses of baseline and alternative recycled-content scenarios. For example, the tool will allow the user to estimate the GHG emissions and energy benefits of purchasing office paper with 35 percent recycled content instead of 25 percent recycled content. Emissions and energy units are calculated using a life-cycle perspective (i.e., what impacts will this purchasing or manufacturing decision have on emissions and energy use associated with the manufacture and disposal of a given material).

Source: U.S. Enivronmental Protection Agency
URL: http://epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/tools/warm/ReCon_home.html

WAste Reduction Model (WARM)
Abstract: EPA created WARM to help solid waste planners and organizations track and voluntarily report greenhouse gas emissions reductions and energy savings from several different waste management practices.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/waste/calculators/Warm_home
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18seconds.org
Abstract: According to the Web site, 18 seconds is all the time needed to change a light. The Web site provides information about the benefits of CFL bulbs, ranks how "enlightened" each State is, shows the number of CFL bulbs purchased since Jan. 1, 2007, and estimates their equivalency in dollars saved, cars off the road, pounds of coal saved and pounds of CO2 prevented.
Source: Yahoo.com
URL: http://www.somewhatfrank.com/2007/03/18secondsorg_to.html

Action Guide to Greener Paper [PDF]
Abstract: Includes 22 purchasing recommendations and practical options
Source: Environmental Defense Fund
URL: http://apps.edf.org/documents/426_greenercatalogs.pdf

Bay Area Green Business Program
Abstract: The Bay Area Green Business Program, a successful partnership of environmental agencies and utilities, assists, recognizes and promotes businesses and government agencies that volunteer to operate in a more environmentally responsible way. To be certified "green," participants must be in compliance with all regulations and meet program standards for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste. We offer motivated businesses and agencies an easy-to-use framework for improving environmental performance. Over 850 businesses and public agencies have been certified since 1996.
Source: Bay Area Green Business Program
URL: http://www.greenbiz.ca.gov/index.html

Buy Green
Abstract: Links to a product database and regional buying activities
Source: GSA - Federal Supply Service
URL: http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/198257

Buyers Guide to Recycled Products
Abstract: Lists of products and where you can purchase
Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
URL: http://www.prc.org/old%20site/guide/pro_misc.htm

Canadian Environmental Choice Program
Abstract: Helps consumers identify products and services that are less harmful to the environment
Source: Environment Canada
URL: http://www.ecologo.org/en/

CarbonNeutral Company
Abstract: The CarbonNeutral Company helps thousands of people and 100s of major companies around the world to measure, reduce and offset their CO2 emissions.
Source: The CarbonNeutral Company
URL: http://www.carbonneutral.com/index.asp

Ceres
Abstract: Ceres is a national network of investors, environmental organizations and other public interest groups working with companies and investors to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change.
Source: Ceres
URL: http://www.ceres.org/

City of Santa Monica - Purchasing
Abstract: Santa Monica's informal procurement policy
Source: City of Santa Monica
URL: http://www.smgov.net/departments/ose/

Climate Neutral Network
Abstract: The Climate Neutral Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping companies, communities, and consumers achieve a net-zero impact on the Earth's climate. The organization's goal is to build and promote a Climate Cool marketplace through the development and certification of profitable products and partnerships. CNN certification requires companies to create a portfolio of products, services and operations that include internal, on-site reductions of greenhouse gas emissions, improvements in energy efficiencies, and purchase of external carbon offsets.
Source: Climate Neutral Network
URL: http://climateneutralnetwork.org/

Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines
Abstract: Promotes the use of materials recovered from solid waste
Source: US Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/cpg/

Eco-Office
Abstract: A site for recycled office products and services
Source: Eco-Office
URL: http://www.eco-office.com/

Efficient Transport Packaging and Distribution Systems
Abstract: Information to encourage efficient transport and distribution systems
Source: California Integrated Waste Management Board
URL: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/homehazwaste/Resources.htm

Efficient Transport Packaging and Distribution Systems
Abstract: Information to encourage efficient transport and distribution systems
Source: California Integrated Waste Management Board
URL: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/homehazwaste/Resources.htm

Energy Calculators and Software for Homes
Abstract: The tools and calculators available on this web site may help users evaluate their home's energy use and need for energy-efficient improvements.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy
URL: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/tools_directory/softw
are.cfm/ID=578/pagename=alpha_list_sub

Energy Calculators and Software for Vehicles
Abstract: Calculators and software tools that help users learn about the effect vehicles have on the environment and the potential savings of more fuel-efficient vehicles.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy
URL: http://search.nrel.gov/query.html?qp=&style=eere&qs=&qc=eren
&ws=0&qm=0&st=1&nh=10&lk=1&rf=0&oq=&col=eren&qt=vehicle+
calculator&x=0&y=0

Energy Efficiency Requirements for Energy Efficient Products
Abstract: This web site provides links to specifications for energy-efficient products for 50 types of products commonly purchased by federal agencies. Each product performance specification includes a 1-2 page summary with buyer tips, cost-effectiveness examples, and additional product information resources. The ENERGY STAR? program provides additional guidance for some products not listed here (e.g., TVs, VCRs, home audio equipment).
Source: U.S. Department of Energy
URL: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/femp/technologies/eep_purchasing
specs.html

Energy Ideas
Abstract: Provides access to objective information and technical assistance for energy efficiency
Source: Energy Ideas Clearinghouse
URL: http://www.energyideas.org/

Energy Ideas
Abstract: Provides access to objective information and technical assistance for energy efficiency
Source: Energy Ideas Clearinghouse
URL: http://www.energyideas.org/

ENERGY STAR Quantity Quotes
Abstract: ENERGY STAR Quantity Quotes was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to make it easy for institutional customers to locate available ENERGY STAR qualified products, make contact with suppliers, and negotiate discounted prices.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy
URL: http://www.quantityquotes.net/

Environment Canada Green Office
Abstract: "How-to" for building green offices
Source: Environment Canada
URL: http://www.ec.gc.ca/default.asp?lang=En&n=714D9AAE-1&news=58
BEDA82-D30B-4FE0-BB77-D5EB43FBB604

Environmental Building News [PDF]
Abstract: Collection of land-use, building design, and construction strategies that reduce environmental impacts
Source: Environmental Building News
URL: http://www.epa.gov/osw/nonhaz/municipal/pubs/combined.pdf

Environmental Building News [PDF]
Abstract: Collection of land-use, building design, and construction strategies that reduce environmental impacts
Source: Environmental Building News
URL: http://www.epa.gov/osw/nonhaz/municipal/pubs/combined.pdf

Environmental Marketing Claims
Abstract: National guidelines issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), with the cooperation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), are available to help companies make sure their green claims don't run afoul of the law.
Source: Federal Trade Commission
URL: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/business/energy/bus19.shtm

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
Abstract: Assists counties to locate and select products that encourage environmental conservation
Source: U.S Enviromental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/epp/

EPA Final Guidance on Environmentally Preferable Purchasing - Guiding Principle 1
Abstract: A guiding principle for environmental purchasing
Source: US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pollution Prevention & Toxics
URL: http://www.epa.gov/oppt/epp/pubs/guidance/finalguidance.htm#
GuidingPrinciple1

EPA Final Guidance on Environmentally Preferable Purchasing - Guiding Principle 1
Abstract: A guiding principle for environmental purchasing
Source: US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pollution Prevention & Toxics
URL: http://www.epa.gov/oppt/epp/pubs/guidance/finalguidance.htm#
GuidingPrinciple1

EPA Final Guidance on Environmentally Preferable Purchasing - Guiding Principle 2
Abstract: A guiding principle for environmental purchasing
Source: US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pollution Prevention & Toxics
URL: http://www.epa.gov/oppt/epp/pubs/guidance/finalguidance.htm#
GuidingPrinciple2

EPA Final Guidance on Environmentally Preferable Purchasing - Guiding Principle 3
Abstract: A guiding principle for environmental purchasing
Source: US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pollution Prevention & Toxics
URL: http://www.epa.gov/oppt/epp/pubs/guidance/finalguidance.htm#
GuidingPrinciple3

EPA Final Guidance on Environmentally Preferable Purchasing - Guiding Principle 3
Abstract: A guiding principle for environmental purchasing
Source: US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pollution Prevention & Toxics
URL: http://www.epa.gov/oppt/epp/pubs/guidance/finalguidance.htm#
GuidingPrinciple3

EPA Final Guidance on Environmentally Preferable Purchasing - Guiding Principle 4
Abstract: A guiding principle for environmental purchasing
Source: US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pollution Prevention & Toxics
URL: http://www.epa.gov/oppt/epp/pubs/guidance/finalguidance.htm#
GuidingPrinciple4

EPA Final Guidance on Environmentally Preferable Purchasing - Guiding Principle 5
Abstract: A guiding principle for environmental purchasing
Source: US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pollution Prevention & Toxics
URL: http://www.epa.gov/oppt/epp/pubs/guidance/finalguidance.htm#
GuidingPrinciple5

Florida Design Initiative
Abstract: Design and construction information for sustainable buildings
Source: Florida Sustainable Communities Center
URL: http://www.dms.myflorida.com/business_operations/real_estate
_development_management/facilities_management/sustainabl
e_buildings_and_energy_initiatives

General Services Administration (GSA)
Abstract: GSA provides workplaces by constructing, managing, and preserving government buildings and by leasing and managing commercial real estate. GSA policies promote management best practices and efficient government operations.
Source: US General Services Administration
URL: http://www.gsa.gov/

GHG Emission Calculation Tools
Abstract: The GHG emission calculation tools offer step-by-step guidance on calculating GHG emissions data. Each tool comprises a guidance section and automated worksheets. All calculation tools have been peer-reviewed and tested by experts and industry leaders and represent a "best practice" for emission calculation tools.
Source: World Business Council for Sustainable Development
URL: http://www.ghgprotocol.org/calculation-tools/all-tools

Global Recycling Network
Abstract: Provides recycling related information
Source: Global Recycling Network
URL: http://www.grn.com/

Global Warming Solutions Center
Abstract: Here you will find solutions for improving energy efficiency at home and fuel economy on the road, including tips for buying new appliances and cars that will reduce greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide (CO2)--a prime contributor to global warming. You also will find articles about alternative and renewable sources of energy and fuel, and what government and industry are doing to address global warming.
Source: Consumer Reports
URL: http://www.nrdc.org/globalwarming/

Green Building Resource Center
Abstract: Web site that includes more than 600 green building resources
Source: Green Building Resource Center
URL: http://www.greendesign.net

Green Building Resource Center
Abstract: Web site that includes more than 600 green building resources
Source: Green Building Resource Center
URL: http://www.greendesign.net

Green Guide on Trimming Your Waste
Abstract: A guide to help you trim your office waste
Source: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
URL: http://www.pnl.gov/ems/

Green Pages - Online
Abstract: Directory of environmentally responsible businesses, products and services
Source: Co-Op America
URL: http://www.greenpages.org/

Green Purchasing for Hospitals
Abstract: Every day, hospitals purchase thousands of different products requested by dozens of different departments. Often unknowingly, hospitals may purchase items that are toxic. Some products may affect patient and worker health. Others have serious environmental impacts. Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) is a system that identifies and avoids these problems. Health Care Without Harm works with hospitals and health systems to reduce environmental impact by promoting and implementing EPP policies, setting purchasing goals, working with product evaluation committees and group purchasing organizations, and providing access to relevant health care information and resources.
Source: Health Care Without Harm
URL: http://www.noharm.org/europe/issues/purchasing/

Green Purchasing Resources for Businesses
Abstract: This website is a quick reference to web-based information on purchasing green products and services. It is intended for businesses that are interested in reducing the environmental impact of their operations and for reducing the health and safety risks of their staff and clients. By using this site, businesses will be able to identify vendors that sell green products and services throughout the Northeast region, steps to developing a green purchasing program, as well as purchasing self-assessment tools, tools for quantifying the impact of a green purchasing program and other related resources.
Source: Northeast Recycling Council, Inc.
URL: http://www.nerc.org/topic_areas/environmentally_preferable_g
reen_purchasing.html

Green Seal
Abstract: GreenSeal promotes the manufacture and sale of environmentally responsible consumer products
Source: Green Seal
URL: http://www.greenseal.org

Green Suppliers Network
Abstract: Green Suppliers Network (GSN) works with large manufacturers to engage their small and medium-sized suppliers in low-cost technical reviews that employ Lean and Clean methodologies to increase productivity, reduce waste, and boost profitability. Lean and Clean expands the traditional definition of Lean (eliminating non-value added time, labor and capital) to one that includes environmental wastes (e.g., eliminating energy waste and toxic emissions). This targets the root causes of wasteful practices and provides a framework for achieving specific, measurable business and environmental goals. Participating in GSN, therefore, offers companies opportunities to increase efficiency, while fueling competitiveness and reducing costs. The reviews also can improve the health of company's supply chains by fostering relationships between GSN members and by encouraging continuous improvement.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.greensuppliers.gov/index.html

Greener Choices
Abstract: GreenerChoices.org is a Web-based initiative intended to inform, engage, and empower consumers about environmentally-friendly products and practices. GreenerChoices.org offers an accessible, reliable, and practical source of information on buying "greener" products that have minimal environmental impact and meet personal needs.
Source: Consumer Reports
URL: http://www.greenerchoices.org/

Greening Federal Facilities
Abstract: Information to make federal government operate more efficiently
Source: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network
URL: http://search.nrel.gov/query.html?qp=&style=eere&qs=&qc=eren
&ws=0&qm=0&st=1&nh=10&lk=1&rf=0&oq=&col=eren&qt=Greening
+Federal+Facilities&x=0&y=0

Greening Federal Facilities
Abstract: Information to make federal government operate more efficiently
Source: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network
URL: http://search.nrel.gov/query.html?qp=&style=eere&qs=&qc=eren
&ws=0&qm=0&st=1&nh=10&lk=1&rf=0&oq=&col=eren&qt=Greening
+Federal+Facilities&x=0&y=0

GSA - Environmental Programs
Abstract: GSA Federal Supply Service offers a wide range of environmentally oriented products and services.
Source: GSA - Federal Supply Service
URL: http://www.gsa.gov/portal/category/21027

GSA - Environmental Programs
Abstract: GSA Federal Supply Service offers a wide range of environmentally oriented products and services.
Source: GSA - Federal Supply Service
URL: http://www.gsa.gov/portal/category/21027

Guide to Green Purchasing
Abstract: Guide for establishing and implementing an EPP program
Source: U.S. Air Force
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epp/pubs/greenguides.htm

Guide to Green Purchasing
Abstract: Guide for establishing and implementing an EPP program
Source: U.S. Air Force
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epp/pubs/greenguides.htm

Home Energy Saver
Abstract: The Home Energy Saver is designed to help consumers identify the best ways to save energy in their homes, and find the resources to make the savings happen. The Home Energy Saver was the first Internet-based tool for calculating energy use in residential buildings. Users can estimate how much energy and money can be saved and how much emissions can be reduced by implementing energy-efficiency improvements. All end uses (heating, cooling, major appliances, lighting, and miscellaneous uses) are included.

The Home Energy Saver's Energy Advisor calculates energy use and savings opportunities, based on a detailed description of the home provided by the user. Users can begin the process by simply entering their zip code, and in turn receive instant initial estimates. By providing more information about the home the user will receive increasingly customized results along with energy-saving upgrade recommendations.

By simply entering the number and approximate age of their major appliances, users can estimate their energy consumption, based on historic sales-weighted efficiency data. A very detailed module is also included to estimate energy consumption for lighting and dozens of miscellaneous gas and electric appliances, with default values based on data compiled over the years by LBNL researchers.

The results pages provide a list of recommendations--ranked by payback time--tailored to the particular home being evaluated. The user can vary the energy efficiency assumptions in many cases, as well as the retrofit costs and then recalculate the table. The results can be viewed on line, and via a detailed printable report which includes retrofit description and other details as well as links to additional information.

Source: U.S. Department of Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
URL: http://hes.lbl.gov/

Institute for Supply Management (ISM)
Abstract: The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) is the largest supply management association in the world as well as one of the most respected. ISM's mission is to lead the supply management profession through its standards of excellence, research, promotional activities, and education.
Source: Institute for Supply Management
URL: http://www.ism.ws/

Institutional Purchasing Program
Abstract: The Institutional Purchasing Program web site is a comprehensive source of information on environmental preferable purchasing. It provides recommendations and tools for launching or revitalizing an environmental purchasing program. The site includes an extensive list of institutional purchasing policies and activities organized by institution, type, product categories, and environmental attributes. It also provides commodity-specific recommendations for products and services including cleaning products, paper, computers, renewable energy, integrated pest management, and others.
Source: Center for a New American Dream
URL: http://www.newdream.org/procure/

King County Environmental Purchasing Program
Abstract: Details about King County's environmental purchasing program
Source: King County Environmental Purchasing Program
URL: http://www.kingcounty.gov/operations/procurement/Services/En
vironmental_Purchasing.aspx

King County Environmental Purchasing Program
Abstract: Details about King County's environmental purchasing program
Source: King County Environmental Purchasing Program
URL: http://www.kingcounty.gov/operations/procurement/Services/En
vironmental_Purchasing.aspx

King County Recycled Product Procurement Policy
Abstract: King County's policy for recycled products procurement
Source: King County Environmental Purchasing Program
URL: http://www.kingcounty.gov/operations/policies/aep/contractin
gaep/con712aep.aspx

National Association of Purchasing Management
Abstract: Web site of trade association to educate purchasing professionals
Source: National Association of Purchasing Management
URL: http://www.napm.org/

P24You - the Individual
Abstract: Tips for preventing waste and what to buy at home
Source: PPRC
URL: http://www.pprc.org/p24u.cfm

Recycled-Content Product Database
Abstract: Database of green product manufacturers
Source: California Integrated Waste Management Board
URL: http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/RCP/

Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN)
Abstract: The Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) is a member-based national network of procurement-related professionals dedicated to improving human health and the environment through best practices, superior products, improved supply, purchasing tools, market education and peer networking.

The website features Responsible Purchasing Guides for cleaners, computers, fleet vehicles, office supplies, and paint. Each Guide covers social and environmental issues, best practices, model policies and specifications, standards information, and product listings.

Source: Cener for a New American Dream
URL: http://www.responsiblepurchasing.org/

ReThink Paper
Abstract: Provides an overview of ecological paper options
Source: Earth Island Institute
URL: http://www.rethinkpaper.org/

State and Local Government Purchasing Initiative [PDF]
Abstract: Information promoting the use of energy efficiency technologies
Source: Consortium for Energy Efficiency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate/documents/pdf/energyeff
icientpurchasing.pdf

Suppliers Partnership for the Environment
Abstract: A trade association comprised of automotive and vehicle suppliers working in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency. The Suppliers Partnership's mission is to provide a self-sustaining forum for large, medium and small service and product vendors who deal with small, mid-sized and large vehicle manufacturers to develop and share tools, information, knowledge, good practices and technical support to ensure that the suppliers' products and their processes provide environmental improvement and cost savings to SP participants.
Source: Suppliers Partnership for the Environment
URL: http://www.supplierspartnership.org/

Sustainability Purchasing Network
Abstract: The Sustainability Purchasing Network is a Canadian-based learning resource for corporate, not-for-profit, academic, government, public sector, labour, and co-operative organizations in their sustainability purchasing efforts. The Sustainability Purchasing Network offers organizations integrated research, information, training, and networking services to assist in their sustainability purchasing efforts. The Network's products and services include the Business Case Guide, research and tools, best practices, training workshops, learning circles, business-to-business projects, an online forum, Sustainability Purchasing Network news, technical advisory services, business case development, policy and program development, supply chain management and innovation, education solutions, the tendering tool kit, buying clubs and product fairs, and stakeholder engagement.
Source: Sustainability Purchasing Network
URL: http://www.buysmartbc.com/

Sustainable Development on Campus
Abstract: Tools to learn about sustainable development at learning institutions
Source: International Institute for Sustainable Development
URL: http://www.iisd.org/educate/

Sustainable Development on Campus
Abstract: Tools to learn about sustainable development at learning institutions
Source: International Institute for Sustainable Development
URL: http://www.iisd.org/educate/

Sustainable Products Purchasers Coalition
Abstract: The Coalition's goal is to provide a standardized form in which manufacturers can provide Life Cycle data for their product compatible with the variety of accepted Life Cycle Assessment tools currently in use in the industry. Our large, diverse membership of consumers specify, purchase, and use manufactured products including, but not limited to, building materials, office products, cleaning products, automobiles and furnishings.

The Coalition provides living market research to manufacturers interested in tapping the extensive market of individuals who prefer products which are more sustainable or which are environmentally preferable. The Coalition's aggregate purchasing power will illustrate to the marketplace the value of providing verifiable environmental product data.

The SPPC is not a purchasing group. Rather, the Coalition's primary goal is to aggregate its members' purchasing power to demonstrate to manufacturers that there is a strong and vocal community of purchasers that buy sustainable products and are seeking reliable, standardized environmental data on sustainable products. Through its website, the SPPC will publish the total aggregate purchasing power and create a forum for members to discuss sustainable products.

Source: Sustainable Products Purchasers Coalition
URL: http://www.sppcoalition.org/

The Cleaning Products Pilot Project [PDF]
Abstract: Information on biodegradable offered by GSA's Commercial Cleaning Supply Catalog
Source: US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pollution Prevention & Toxics
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epp/pubs/cleaner.pdf

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