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Green Procurement Awareness Training

  1. 1. Green Procurement Pat Rippey US Army Public Health Command Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD US Army Public Health Command
  2. 2. What do we mean by “Green Procurement”? Showing preference for purchasing products that are:  Made with Recycled Content  Made with Biobased Products  Energy and Water Efficient  Alternative Fuels or Vehicles  Renewable Energy Sources  Sustainable Building Materials  Without Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) and Priority Chemicals  EPEAT-registered Electronic Equipment  Environmentally Preferable
  3. 3. Training Overview Fort Buchanan Green Procurement Program Programs With Designated Products  Buy Recycled Program  BioPreferred Program Finding Green Products
  4. 4. I work in an office; there are no green products that I can buy The products we’ve always used work just fine! Why change? Our focus is our mission. Buying green is just not a priority
  5. 5. Why Buy Green? • It is required by law! • Helps Fort Buchanan reach its goals • Uses products that are healthier for the workforce • Saves energy and natural resources • Promotes recycling programs and US agriculture • Reduces disposal costs and hazards • Saves money
  6. 6. “Fort Buchanan is committed to the prevention of pollution and greenhouse gas reduction, promoting resource conservation through waste stream reduction, recycling, hazardous materials substitution, water and energy conservation.” Fort Buchanan’s Sustainability Environmental Management System (SEMS) Environmental Policy COL Heard Feb 7, 2013
  7. 7. Fort Buchanan’s Priorities (Significant Environmental Aspects) • Fuel Usage Reduction • Solid Waste & Recycling • Energy Conservation • Water Conservation • Pesticide Reductions • Hazardous Material Management • Hazardous Waste Management • Endangered Species & Ecological Management • Real Property, Construction & Demolition Management • Spill Prevention Management
  8. 8. Fort Buchanan Objective and Targets – Hazardous Material Management Environmental Management Action Plan #6: Objective: Reduce purchase, usage, and disposal of Hazardous Materials (HMs) Target 1: Increase number of “Green Products” that replace HMs Target 2: Reduce purchases of HMs
  9. 9. To reduce purchases of Hazardous Materials REVIEW THE SAFETY DATA SHEET (SDS) BEFORE BUYING ANY PRODUCT TO IDENTIFY ANY HAZARDS • SDS is a widely used system for cataloging information on chemicals, chemical compounds, and chemical mixtures. • Includes instructions for the safe use and potential hazards associated with a particular material or product. • These data sheets can be found anywhere where chemicals are being used, and should be provided with any delivery of chemical product
  10. 10. What is My Role at Fort Buchanan? Take GP training annually Determine if the products I request/purchase have been designated for preferred procurement Look for “green indicators” in stores or on-line, and purchase those products Document when I don’t (or can’t) buy recycled or biobased products, when above the micropurchase threshold Review Safety Data Sheets for hazardous properties
  11. 11. Recycled and Biobased Products Match the item on the left with the recycled/biobased product on the right Coffee beans, banana peels, lemon tree fibers Potato starch, corn, or sugar cane Plastic drink bottles Wheat straw or jute Crushed walnut shells Paper Park benches and clothing Particleboard Spill Absorbent Disposable plates and cutlery
  12. 12. Designated Products – Mandatory Preference Programs EPA’s “Buy Recycled” Program  Products designated since 1995  Currently 62 designated products USDA’s “BioPreferred” Program  71 designated items  More items proposed
  13. 13. Why Buy Green? Resource Conservation And Recovery Act of 1976 Federal Acquisition Regulations Executive Orders 13423 and 13514 2002 Farm Bill Energy Policy Act 2005 DOD GP Program Policy
  14. 14. Exceptions According to regulations, procuring agencies must show procurement preferences for designated products unless the product: Is available only at an unreasonable price Will not meet reasonable performance standards Is unavailable within a reasonable timeframe or at a sufficient level of competition Price Performance Availability
  15. 15. Key Points Which of the following is NOT an acceptable justification for purchasing a designated product without recycled or biobased content? a. The price is unreasonable b. The product will not meet performance standards c. The product will be shipped overseas d. The product is not available within a reasonable time frame
  16. 16. EPA-Designated Products under the Buy Recycled Program (Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines) Construction Landscaping Non-paper Office Products Paper and Paper Products Parks and Recreation Transportation Vehicular Miscellaneous Product Categories:
  17. 17. PAPER AND PAPER PRODUCTS DESIGNATED CPG ITEMS: Commercial/industrial sanitary tissue products Miscellaneous papers Newsprint Paperboard and packaging products Printing and writing papers
  18. 18. NON-PAPER OFFICE PRODUCTS DESIGNATED CPG ITEMS: Binders (paper, plastic covered) Office recycling containers Office waste receptacles Plastic desktop accessories Plastic envelopes Plastic trash bags Printer ribbons Toner cartridges Office furniture Solid plastic binders Plastic clipboards Plastic clip portfolios Plastic file folders Plastic presentation folders
  19. 19. VEHICULAR PRODUCTS DESIGNATED CPG ITEMS: Engine coolants Re-refined lubricating oils Retread tires Rebuilt vehicle parts
  20. 20. What are some recycled-content products available to me?
  21. 21. USDA’s BioPreferred Program Biobased products use biological products or renewable domestic agricultural (plant, animal, and marine) or forestry materials The Farm Bill (May 2002) made Federal agency purchase of biobased products mandatory Examples of biobased products:  Plant fiber compostable cafeteria containers  Corn-based plastic cutlery  Citrus-based laundry detergent  Soy polyurethane floor stripper  Carpet made of sea grass/jute/hemp
  22. 22. Benefits of Biobased Products Provide renewable raw materials for a broad range of nonfood and nonfeed products Provide new and expanded markets for agricultural feedstocks Reduce U.S. dependence on petroleum and other imports Introduce products that are friendlier to the environment than their petroleum-based counterparts Foster rural and sustainable development Soybean powered Agricultural Research Service tour bus
  23. 23. Examples of Designated Items under the BioPreferred Program  Lip care products  Hydraulic fluids  Biodegradable cutlery  Glass cleaners  Greases  Dust suppressants  Carpets  Carpet and upholstery cleaners  Parts wash solutions  Adhesive and mastic removers  Hand cleaners/sanitizers  Biodegradable containers  Fertilizers  Sorbents  Graffiti and grease removers  Laundry products  Bathroom and spa cleaners  De-icers
  24. 24. Do you know? Which of these is an example of a biobased product? a. Soy-based roof coating b. Non-ozone-depleting aerosol c. 50% post-consumer recycled paper d. Chlorine-free industrial wipes
  25. 25. Environmentally Preferable Purchasing EPP is the procurement of products or services having a lesser effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products or services  Examples: products that are less toxic (contain less of things like cadmium, lead and mercury), are durable or repairable, or contain less packaging  Low VOC paint
  26. 26. Environmentally preferable products are available in the supply system! Cleaners Sorbents Degreasers Paints
  27. 27. Energy Efficient Products Purchase devices with minimal standby power – at or below one watt where available Select ENERGY STAR® and other energy efficient products when purchasing or contracting for energy- consuming products
  28. 28. Review Which of the following is NOT an element of Green Procurement?  Environmentally Preferable  Biobased  Recovered Materials  Double-sided copying  Energy Efficient Which have designated products?
  29. 29. Green Products in the Office Copy Paper – Recycled Content Fax Machine – Energy Star File Folders – Recycled Content Plastic Binders – Recycled Content Fire extinguisher – SNAP (ozone alternatives) Carpet – Recycled Content or Biobased Light fixtures – Energy Star Trash cans – Recycled Content
  30. 30. Green Products in the Shop Greases – Biobased Fuels – Biobased Tires – Retreads (Recycled) Fuel Additives – Biobased Engine Coolant – Reclaimed (Recycled) Hydraulic Fluid – Recycled or Biobased Lubricating Oils – Re-refined or Biobased Engine Parts – Rebuilt (Recycled)
  31. 31. Where Can Green Products Be Found? Government Supply Sources  General Services Administration (GSA)  Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)  Federal Logistics Information System (FLIS)  Your Onpost Supply Store  JWOD (Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act)/AbilityOne Off-Post Commercial Vendors  Home Depot, Office Depot, Staples
  32. 32. How do I know a product is Green? • Icons/Symbols • Environment Attribute Codes (DLA) • Product Labels and Certifications • Keyword Search Recycled
  33. 33. These icons show types of Green products To find out more about GSA green programs GSA green products are identified with the green leaf
  34. 34. Look For Specifics  “Contains 50% Post-Consumer fiber” has more meaning than “made with recycled products” Trust Certifications that are Reputable  EcoLogo, Chlorine Free Products Association (CFPA), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Green Guard, Green Seal, Design for the Environment Beware of Advertising Ploys – they might say “Green” but read the label  “Environmentally friendly”  “Green”  Symbols depicting the earth or trees  Unexplained recycling logos What’s On The Label?
  35. 35. Why Should I Care – Is Anyone Tracking This? Army/DOD reports green purchases annually from: • Contract Action Report (CAR) • Federal supply sources EPA/States conduct compliance inspections and may issue violations Fort Buchanan has EMS goals and tracks progress The Army conducts internal and external compliance audits that cover GP Army IG inspections are authorized to cover GP
  36. 36. Our supply sergeant is buying some biobased lubricants and cleaners for the shop. They work just as well as the old stuff. We now use 30% recycled content paper and it works great! We found lots of other recycled items in the catalog We’ve switched to a water-based parts cleaner. Now I don’t worry as much about health effects.
  37. 37. Final Review Which is NOT a symbol used to identify a green product? a. Green leaf b. Green check mark c. Green hornet d. Green tree GSA DLA Green Seal
  38. 38. What Should You Do? Keep the lists of CPG and BioPreferred items handy – refer to them when you buy   Maximize your purchases of green products  Look for “green indicators” at store or online  Request them from your vendors  Review Safety Data Sheets for hazard information Document when you can’t buy recycled or biobased products -- for reasons of Price, Performance, or Availability (when the purchase is above the micropurchase amount)
  39. 39. Upcoming Environmental Events Army Environmental Earth Day Fort Buchanan 29April 2014 Community Center
  40. 40. Points of Contact Mr. Anibal Negron, Environmental Chief Tel: 787-707-3575 email: Mr. Francisco Mendez, EMS and EMAPs Coordinator Tel: 787-707-3522 email: Ms. Addy Z. Molina Vazquez, USARC-Environmental Compliance Manager Risk Management Working Group Tel: 787-707-2677 email: Mr. Yamil Hernandez, Pollution Prevention Manager Tel: 787-707-2553 email: