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Within OSD, the Massachusetts Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP) Procurement Program works to integrate environmentally preferable specifications into Statewide Contracts to help conserve natural resources, reduce waste, protect public health, and promote the use of clean technologies, recycled materials, and less toxic products. As part of this program, the all-green Statewide Contract FAC85 was established for Environmentally Preferable Cleaning Products, Programs, Equipment and Suppliers. With more than 6,600 products and 15 vendors, the contract offers an extensive selection of options to implement a green cleaning program. This month, OSD will welcome the buyer and vendor communities to the FAC85 Statewide Contract Kickoff!

Date: Friday, September 25

Location: State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA

Agenda

9:30 a.m.               Vendor Set-up

10:30 a.m.             Vendor Contract Overview

11:00 a.m.             Buyer Registration & Networking

11:30 a.m.             Buyer Meeting

12:15 p.m.             Networking

At this exciting event, an expert group of presenters will give insight on their experiences with FAC85. Julia Wolfe, Director of Environmental Purchasing for OSD, and Lana Gunaratne, Contract Manager, will speak about the benefits of the contract, provide tips on purchasing from COMMBUYS, and address frequently asked questions about FAC85. Attendees also will hear from Heidi Wilcox of the Toxics Use Reduction Institute, a green cleaning laboratory at the University of Massachusetts Lowell that works with many state departments on their green cleaning programs. Richard Scott from the Department of Conservation and Recreation will share his experience on how green cleaning products from the FAC85 contract have improved public safety at Bradley Palmer State Park. Finally, Ken Wertz from the Massachusetts Facilities Administrators Association will illuminate the advantages of using green cleaning products in schools across the Commonwealth.

Confirmed attendees include the Division of Local Services and the Office of Technical Assistance and Technology, in addition to two third-party certifiers: the EPA Safer Choice Program and GreenSeal. Third-party certification is a requirement for many of the chemicals on the contract. Additionally, Environmentally Preferable Janitorial Services (FAC81) contractors have been invited to attend so that attendees may have the opportunity to network with vendors from a complementary contract. You won’t want to miss this event. To register for the kickoff, click here.

Follow us on Twitter and use #greenclean to join the conversation. For questions about the event, email osd-events@state.ma.us.

Hear buyer testimonials; access resources to transition to a green cleaning program; speak with FAC85 vendors about green products and services; get tips from purchasing from FAC85 in COMMBUYS

Why should you attend the FAC85 kickoff?


Tips for Transitioning to a Green Cleaning Program

If your organization has not implemented a green cleaning program, the contracted vendors may help you to establish one. Here are some tips to finding a program/vendor that will work with you:

  • There are 15 vendors on this contract. Talk to more than one; ideas and services can vary.
  • Ask for references.
  • Check their Green Program – inquire about the quality of their staff, training capabilities, etc.
  • Ask how they conduct the FREE facility assessment and what this entails.
  • Identify the vendor expertise in choosing comparable products.
  • Ask to “pilot” products in areas of concern.
  • Filter and peruse the “FAC85 Approved Products List” in the Master MBPO

 

 

 

 

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