April 22, 2015, marked the 45th anniversary of Earth Day - a milestone in the history of the modern environmental movement. The impetus for the event was the growing concern by Americans over the deteriorated condition of the environment and the depletion of natural resources. Then Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisc.) proposed celebrating “Earth Day” as a way to show the importance of public support of the environment in effecting political change. More than 20 million people rallied to celebrate the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, which led to the passage of numerous environmental protection laws, including: the Clean Air Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
To commemorate this milestone, the Office of Procurement Policy, Systems and Oversight published a special Earth Day 2015 edition of Green Purchasing News (GPN), highlighting the progress the Federal Government has made in safeguarding the environment and conserving natural resources through the sustainable acquisition of goods and services. To learn about these achievements and how you can help “green” the Department of Veterans Affairs’ purchases, download this and past year’s issues of GPN below. To subscribe to the newsletter, send an email to VA.Procurement.Policy@va.gov with the words “Subscription to Green Purchasing News” in the subject line.
For tips on how to make Every Day Earth Day at work, at home, and in your community, visit the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Earth Day Web portal.
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