Procurement Management recognizes the need to be proactive in environmental stewardship and to serve as an example to all Key Business Units and other agencies in the community. By establishing a baseline for Citywide purchasing of environmentally friendly or "green" products and services, Procurement Management can assist in the selection of products that have a reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose without compromising overall budgetary or performance requirements.
To accomplish this, City departments should practice Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) to specify and procure products and services with the following environmental attributes:
- recycled content;
- energy and water efficient;
- alternate fuel capable;
- reduced packaging;
- reusability; and
- rebuilt or remanufactured.
By including environmental considerations in purchasing decisions, the City can promote practices that improve public and employee health, conserve natural resources and reward environmentally conscious manufacturers, while remaining fiscally responsible.