Buy Green, Save Green Green Purchasing Tools from Washington State Tina Simcich, Waste 2 Resource Program Department of Ecology
Reuse and Surplus Programs Eliminates purchase costs and shipping fees Reduces procurement staff cost. Reduces cost of trash haulage. Reduces toxics and GHG emissions associated with the lifecycle of new products and packaging.
Green Products Are frequently price neutral. Offer energy and water savings. Offer greater durability. Reduce maintenance costs. Eliminate or reduce solid waste haulage fees. Reduce injuries. Reduce purchases overall.
Green Products Cost Profile Cheaper: traffic safety equipment, toner cartridges Same: janitorial paper, computers, cleaning products, ink Good payback: vehicles, appliances Somewhat volatile: copy paper, oil (within 10%) From New York State presentation on Advancing Green Chemistry in Government Procurement (Responsible Purchasing Network)
Green CleaningPrograms Reduce the number of cleaning chemicals used. Often use a dilution control system which reduces costly overuse of chemicals. Reduce hazardous waste management costs. Increase facility lifespan. May reduce water bills. Better indoor air quality. Reduce splash and exposure injuries. Microfiber mops cost more initially but reduce janitorial staff injuries.
Who is Buying Green? King County Clark County City of Spokane City of Tacoma Snohomish County City of Seattle Pierce County Whatcom County What’s Your Story?
NASPO Opportunity Assessments • EPP Overview • Compostable Food Serviceware • Imaging Equipment • Architectural Paint • Traffic Control Paint Written by Responsible Purchasing Network for the Departments of Ecology and Enterprise Services
Questions? Tina Simcich Dept of Ecology 360.407.7517 Tina.firstname.lastname@example.org www.ecy.wa/swfa/programs/epp