Ecolabels - Marcia Deegler, MA OSD

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Presentation delivered at MassRecycle's 4th Annual Green Office / Green Facility Conference, Bentley University, June 15, 2010. Get invited to next year’s conference by signing up to MassRecycle’s free email newsletter at www.massrecycle.org.

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  • Because MA has had so much success over the years in benefitting from the use and purchase of EPPs, the current administration passed two key Executive Orders in recent years:
    The most recent is #515 which formally establishes an enviro purchasing policy for the state. So rather than just “encourage” the purchase of EPPs, agencies are now required to use and purchase EPPs wherever they are on state contract or otherwise available and competitive.
    If agencies are doing their own departmental contracts, they must use the specifications established by the EPP Program for those products.
    There is also a Task Force established in the EO that will assist agencies in identifying toxic substances in their purchases and consider alternatives.
    The earlier directive issued in 2004 focused specifically on energy and water conservation and established targets for the state for the purchase of renewable energy.
    Details on both are on the EPP Website that I will mention at the end
  • Green Cleaning products may be a perfect place to start……. Several states have already adopted legislation that requires the use of these products in their schools and public buildings; MA has such legislation drafted and in the queue; so my suggestions is to get a jump on it now.
    The current contract FAC59 is awarded to 18 vendors, 22 manufacturers, and has literally 100’s of prods.
    Most items are 3rd party certified, including:
    All purpose, restroom, glass carpet, floor, hand soaps, appliance, boat/bilge, degreasers, liquid laundry, odor control, urinal blocks, vehicle cleaner
    Other less toxic products – disinfectants, hand and hard surface sanitizers + paper, liners, mats, equipment
    Why is the 3rd party certification a big deal?
    The independent third-party certification process practiced by organization such as Green Seal and EcoLogo not only assures purchasers that the environmental claims are accurate, but the certification also tests each product for performance and verifies the degree to which that the product will clean within the application for which it is intended. This is huge.
    This double assurance saves purchasers the time and expense of having to review and analyze the product’s chemistry and eliminates the need to “test” the products cleaning efficacy prior to awarding the contract.
    Competitive pricing – VT, CT, NH, NY, MA
    Training includes easy transitioning to green – no charge
    FAC67 – Janitorial Services – Green Products
  • Ecolabels - Marcia Deegler, MA OSD

    1. 1. Greening Janitorial Products /Greening Janitorial Products / ServicesServices • Executive Order 515Executive Order 515 • FAC59 – Green CleaningFAC59 – Green Cleaning ProductsProducts • FAC67 Janitorial ServicesFAC67 Janitorial Services • EPP ResourcesEPP Resources Marcia DeeglerMarcia Deegler Director of Environmental PurchasingDirector of Environmental Purchasing Operational Services DivisionOperational Services Division Marcia.deegler@state.ma.usMarcia.deegler@state.ma.us
    2. 2. Executive Order 515 – October, 2009Executive Order 515 – October, 2009 Establishes an Environmental PurchasingEstablishes an Environmental Purchasing PolicyPolicy • Purpose – Use purchasing power toPurpose – Use purchasing power to • reduce environmental pollutionreduce environmental pollution • Improve condition for public healthImprove condition for public health • Stimulate local economiesStimulate local economies • Agencies are required to:Agencies are required to: • Include EPP specs in all RFRs and contracts, educate staff,Include EPP specs in all RFRs and contracts, educate staff, increase EPP purchasesincrease EPP purchases • Identify toxics use reduction opportunitiesIdentify toxics use reduction opportunities • Use green cleaning products/services per OSD specs inUse green cleaning products/services per OSD specs in service contracts and for in-house cleaning staffservice contracts and for in-house cleaning staff
    3. 3. FAC59 Contract OverviewFAC59 Contract Overview FAC59 – Green Cleaning Products,FAC59 – Green Cleaning Products, Programs, Equipment and SuppliesPrograms, Equipment and Supplies • 33rdrd party certified – this is BIG!party certified – this is BIG! – Assurance to purchasers on environmentalAssurance to purchasers on environmental claims and high performanceclaims and high performance • 18 vendors (mostly local)18 vendors (mostly local) – 22 manufacturers, 100’s of products; one-stop-shop22 manufacturers, 100’s of products; one-stop-shop • Competitive pricing – VT, CT, NH, NY, MACompetitive pricing – VT, CT, NH, NY, MA • www.comm-pass.comwww.comm-pass.com files allow easy comparisonfiles allow easy comparison
    4. 4. FAC59 – What’s Included?FAC59 – What’s Included? • CERTIFIEDCERTIFIED: All purpose, restroom, glass carpet, floor,: All purpose, restroom, glass carpet, floor, hand soaps, appliance, boat/bilge, degreasers, liquidhand soaps, appliance, boat/bilge, degreasers, liquid laundry, odor control, urinal blocks, vehicle cleanerlaundry, odor control, urinal blocks, vehicle cleaner • Other: disinfectants, hand and hardOther: disinfectants, hand and hard surface sanitizerssurface sanitizers • Supplies - paper, liners, mats (CPG)Supplies - paper, liners, mats (CPG) • Equipment - portion-controlledEquipment - portion-controlled dispensers, ergonomically designed,dispensers, ergonomically designed, and energy efficientand energy efficient • Non-Chemical innovative technologies – Category IINon-Chemical innovative technologies – Category II • Training, monitoring, good sanitation practices, moreTraining, monitoring, good sanitation practices, more
    5. 5. Janitorial Services BenefitsJanitorial Services Benefits FAC67 – Green Janitorial ServicesFAC67 – Green Janitorial Services • Service vendors are required to use greenService vendors are required to use green products, equipment and practices as specified onproducts, equipment and practices as specified on the MA state contract FAC59the MA state contract FAC59 • Such products protect human health and reduceSuch products protect human health and reduce environmental pollutionenvironmental pollution • Sends message to industry thatSends message to industry that high performing, lesshigh performing, less toxic products are the futuretoxic products are the future
    6. 6. EPP ResourcesEPP Resources • EPP Home PageEPP Home Page == www.mass.gov/eppwww.mass.gov/epp • Summary document on the EO 515Summary document on the EO 515 – Seven links to info on finding EPPs on state contracts,Seven links to info on finding EPPs on state contracts, downloadable guides and resources, productdownloadable guides and resources, product fact sheets, guidance for vendors, morefact sheets, guidance for vendors, more • EPP Guide to Statewide ContractsEPP Guide to Statewide Contracts • Calculators and e-toolsCalculators and e-tools • Direct links to other EPP websitesDirect links to other EPP websites • Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN)Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) www.responsiblepurchasing.orgwww.responsiblepurchasing.org • GreenGreenSTAR 2011!STAR 2011!
    7. 7. EPP ResourcesEPP Resources • EPP Home PageEPP Home Page == www.mass.gov/eppwww.mass.gov/epp • Summary document on the EO 515Summary document on the EO 515 – Seven links to info on finding EPPs on state contracts,Seven links to info on finding EPPs on state contracts, downloadable guides and resources, productdownloadable guides and resources, product fact sheets, guidance for vendors, morefact sheets, guidance for vendors, more • EPP Guide to Statewide ContractsEPP Guide to Statewide Contracts • Calculators and e-toolsCalculators and e-tools • Direct links to other EPP websitesDirect links to other EPP websites • Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN)Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) www.responsiblepurchasing.orgwww.responsiblepurchasing.org • GreenGreenSTAR 2011!STAR 2011!

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