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Green Purchasing Resources and Tools

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Green Procurement Compilation (GPC)

The GPC is a compilation of the products for which the EPA, DOE, and USDA have provided environmental or energy attribute recommendations.  This comprehensive, web-based interactive tool, a part of the General Services Administration’s Sustainable Facilities Tool website, consolidates and organizes information from these federal green purchasing programs in one place, and helps Federal purchasers to:

  • Quickly identify the required environmental program(s)
  • Determine the applicable Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requirements to ensure purchase is FAR compliant
  • Find links to FAR requirements and environmental program websites
  • Identify available procurement options
  • Search for specific products, or browse category listings for products and services that are usually purchased together
  • Discover life cycle cost savings information for energy-efficient and water-efficient products
  • Identify products that contribute to the Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings
  • Help meet the sustainable acquisition goals of EO 13514 is the Federal Government’s home for comprehensive environmental stewardship and compliance assistance.  FedCenter’s Acquisition Program area webpage includes links to environmental and energy programs which enable agencies to meet their green purchasing goals; regulations, guidance, and policy; supporting information and tools; and training.

Sustainable Acquisition (Green Purchasing) Training Resources Tool

A new Sustainable Acquisition Training Resources tool has been added to the Acquisition Program area webpage.  The tool, an Excel-based spreadsheet, is a compilation of sustainable acquisition training resources created or hosted by Federal agencies that are available to government employees, businesses, and non-governmental organizations.

Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) “Green” Provisions and Clauses

Download a table of Green FAR Provisions and Clauses.

Federal Environmental Program-Specific Areas

US Department of Agriculture provides training and tools for Federal and Federal Contractor Personnel on the BioPreferred Program.

US Department of Energy provides resources, publications, and e-Training on energy efficient products and services and renewable energy projects through its Federal Energy Management Program.

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides information, resources, and tools on EnergyStar®, Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG) for recycled content items, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP), water efficient (WaterSense®) products, and the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program for non-ozone depleting substances.

EPA recently updated its Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) portal page, which:


  • made the training and contract clause information easier to access;
  • added a link to the site where you can get a full copy of any of the standards EPEAT uses;
  • added an explanation of the bronze, silver, and gold EPEAT-registration levels;
  • added a link to the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive clarification memorandum about the product categories that EPEAT covers; and
  • added hotlinks to each section at the top of the website so you can more quickly get to the information you want to access.

VA Green Management Programs - Green Purchasing Webpage

The Office of Asset Enterprise Management is the Department’s program and policy office for sustainability management and oversees VA’s Green Management Programs.

Additional Green Purchasing Information