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Green purchasing is standard many places and growing in others.
Marcia Deegler makes a difference 
"The purchasers and end users needed to see, touch, and try the greener products from local manufacturers and vendors and be able to explain any concerns about quality, performance, or availability" - Marcia Deegler
Happy green year! 
The dawn of each new year creates a natural opportunity to reflect on the previous year, look forward to the next, and think about personal and professional priorities. For purchasing professionals interested in green purchasing, the following 10 resolutions can be a good source of inspiration
The future is calling 

UL Environment and the Green Electronics Council (GEC), managers of the EPEAT greener electronics registry, have teamed up to make it easier for government purchasers and others to identify greener, more sustainable cell phones. ECOLOGO has certified 43 models of cell phones made by eight manufacturers as meeting the UL 110 standard, Sustainability for Mobile Phones. All certified phones are currently listed on the UL Environment certified products database at www.ul.com/environment.

Furnishing the future 

Unless purchasing specifications include requirements to protect indoor air quality (IAQ), office furniture can be one of the most significant contributors to indoor air pollution. The foam from seat cushions, the plywood and particleboard, the adhesives, the paints and finishes, and other materials used to make furniture can all release harmful chemicals into the office environment long after they are installed.

Cleaning up greenwashing
Federal Trade Commission issues new guidance to prevent misleading environmental claims.
Big green data
A look at new tools to define and identify green purchasing choices, including GoodGuide, Greencurement and EPEAT.
Back to school: Buying greener for the classroom
Government purchasers can make it easier for schools to buy greener products that help improve operations and student performance.
Breathing Easier
Government purchasers are increasingly focused on buying better products to protect indoor air quality because it is a more significant health threat than outdoor air pollution.
Zeroing in on Zero Waste
Cities join the effort to divert waste before it reaches the landfill.
The Future of Green Information
EPDs and LCAs provide additional details that could make green purchasing easier.
Buying a Sustainable Future: Government Purchasers in Portland Lead the Way
Oregon city's environmental initiatives are driven by visionary political leaders, innovative purchasing policies and quick access to on-staff sustainable purchasing experts.
A Bright Future Using LEDs
Large-volume government purchases are helping to drive LED costs down and quality up.
The Feds Step Up
Effects of President Obama's Executive Order ripple through the federal government purchasing community.

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