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Database of Environmental Information for Products and Services
Welcome to the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Database—a tool to facilitate the purchase of products and services with reduced environmental impacts. The database contains information on mandatory purchase programs contained in FAR Part 23 (Energy Star, CPG, and Biopreferred Products) as well as environmental products available through supply programs such as Ability One and the U.S. General Services Administration.
This database links you to:
- Contract language, specifications, and policies created and used by federal and state governments and others
to buy environmentally preferable products and services. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) encourages government purchasers to share successful purchasing language.
Please Contact Us to send links to your information.
- Environmental standards and guidelines developed by federal and independent standards-setting organizations including:
- Design for the Environment (DfE) Program for lower hazard products (EPA)
- Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines for recycled-content products (EPA)
- Biopreferred Program for biobased products (US Department of Agriculture)
- ENERGY STAR® and Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) for energy efficient products (Department of Energy & EPA)
- WaterSense for water efficient products (EPA)
- ASTM, ANSI, Green Seal, EcoLogo, Scientific Certification Systems, MBDC Cradle to Cradle and other independent and non-governmental "green" product certification programs.
- Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program for ozone-depleting chemical substitutes.
- Product vendors and service providers that meet these standards including federal supply programs such as:
- U.S. General Services Administration
- Ability One's Skilcraft® Environmental Products
- Other useful sources of information on the environmentally preferable attributes of products and services.
Please note, the EPP Database lists environmental standards and contract specifications for a wide variety of products and services by linking to the organization that developed a standard or specification. Some of those organizations also provide lists of vendors or products meeting their standards.
The EPP program does not endorse or make decisions about the inclusion of specific products, manufacturers, or service providers in the Database and does not directly list specific brand name products or services in the EPP Database.
Please also note that EPA does not endorse or verify the information contained in this database. EPA is providing access to this information to show how others are identifying and purchasing products and services they consider to be environmentally preferable.
The EPP Database is updated on a biannual basis. The current version was updated in July 2012. If you have any suggestions to improve the content or function of the database, please contact us.