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James J. Behrmann, Region 6, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service



Green Procurement (Affirmative Procurement):

Jim Behrmann is the Environmental Compliance Coordinator for Region 6, Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). He initiated the Waste Prevention, Recycling, and Federal Acquisition Program in FWS by coordinating with Engineering and Contracting and General Services Divisions. Jim had all the field stations in his region appoint a Recycling Coordinator. With these contacts, he initiated the use of 100% post-consumer recycled, chlorine-free copier paper in the Regional Office and field stations. Jim reviewed engineering plans, and encouraged that contracts specify use of recycled materials, such as fly ash, recycled content plastic lumber and shingles. In order to emphasize re-refined oil closed-loop programs, he has provided funding to field stations for their first purchase of re-refined oil. He also initiated the use of engine coolant recycling systems, and has purchased several units for Region 6 facilities. He has provided guidance and funds to help facilities purchase biodiesel fuel. Approximately 30 facilities are participating in the recycling program, thereby preventing these wastes from reaching a landfill or waterways.