DOI Case Studies
DOI Green Procurement and Property Management Goals
The DOI goal is to purchase products that have the highest percentage of recovered materials practicable, considering product price, availability, and performance. DOI will focus this effort particularly on products designated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the Comprehensive Procurement Guideline (CPG), summarized in Appendix C. The DOI goal also is to purchase evironmentally preferable products and biobased products.
Targeting products and services purchased routinely, DOI commits to reach one- hundred percent compliance with the following goals, and to improve by at least 30% each year until these goals are achieved (FY 2000 becomes baseline):
- Operate all DOI-managed fleet vehicles (including owned and leased) using re-refined oil, retread tires (when replacing tires), and reclaimed engine coolant. (Note: Certain vehicle types will be targeted for retread use when replacing tires as clarified in forthcoming Department guidance.)
- Utilize in the operation of all DOI facilities (including owned and leased space) recycled-content bathroom tissue, paper towels, and plastic trash bags.
- All copy paper used by DOI will contain at least 30% postconsumer material.
- At all DOI facilities, utilize copy paper, bathroom tissue, and paper towels that have been manufactured without the use of chlorine in deinking and bleaching.
- Utilize either recycled content carpet (face fiber or backing) or factory- refurbishable carpet for all new installations in DOI facilities.
- On a pilot basis, utilize biobased, biodegradable lubricating and hydraulic oils in equipment where spillage to the environment might occur (e.g., chain saws, marine outboards, lawn mowers, and snow mobiles).
- Clearinghouse of Federal Green Purchasing Program information
- California's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Best Practices Manual (12/23/2008): This manual covers over 40 major product categories. In each chapter is a specifications section, some have specification, others have links or contacts.
- Database tool to locate green products and services:
The designated green products are separated into 18 spreadsheets: Building Construction; Traffic Control; Landscaping; Roadway Construction; Building Interior; Building Finishes; Paper Office Products; Printing; Non-Paper Office Products; Office Electronics; Refrigeration & AC; Renewable Energy; Vehicle Products; Park and Recreation; Cleaning Products; Cafeteria Services; Lubricants, Oils, Hydraulic Fluids and Greases; and Miscellaneous. The products listed are those for which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department Energy, or U.S. Department of Agriculture have issued designations or otherwise provided guidance for green environmental or energy attributes.
- EPA's On-line Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Training
- Securing Environmental Outcomes: Adding Environmental Performance into Performance-Based Service Contracts
Presentation for the 2003 Conference on Performance-Based Contracts, Insitute for Defense and Governmental Advancement
- Green Seals' Choose Green Reports
- EPA's Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines for Federal Agency Purchase of Recycled Content Products
- EPA's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program
- Green Office Furnishings
State of California's specification for sustainable modular furniture sets new industry standards for indoor air quality, prescribes a high level of recycled content in components and packaging, bans CFCs and HCFCs used in foam production, and addresses energy-efficient task lighting designed for work stations. The environmental specification also requires manufacturers to carry out solid waste audits and prepare waste reduction plans at manufacturing facilities.
Safer, Effective Alternatives to DEET Insect Repellent
Other Green Products
- Environment-related Provisions of the Federal Acquisition Regulations