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Julia Wolfe, OSD's Director of Environmental Purchasing, displays the 2017 Outstanding Case Study Award.During their annual meeting on May 9 in Denver, Colorado, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) met to recognize individuals and organizations whose initiatives have advanced the mission of the SPLC organization – to advocate for environmental, social, and economic improvements through sustainable purchasing. OSD is honored to be recognized by the SPLC, a non-profit organization whose national membership represents over $200 billion in collective purchasing power.

Julia Wolfe, Director of Environmental Purchasing at OSD, was the recipient of an Outstanding Case Study Award for The Healthy Furniture Contract. The study documented Julia’s work with vendors on the Statewide Furniture Contract (OFF38) to identify and categorize environmentally preferable lines of furniture – ones that offer reduced indoor air quality emissions and toxicity. To make this information readily available, Julia teamed up with the Center for Environmental Health (CEH)* to develop a searchable furniture list. The EPP Furniture Table summarizes the environmental attributes met by various manufacturers and product lines on OFF38. A summary of chemicals typically used by the furniture industry and a list of certifications and standards that measure environmental performance also were made available for buyer inspection.

“We’re pleased to offer buyers more than 350 lines of furniture that meet environmentally preferred attributes on Statewide Contract OFF38,” asserts Wolfe. “Our work with the CEH enables product transparency and gives buyers the information they need to guide productive discussions with vendors.”

Locate OFF38 furniture resources on our website. Find comprehensive information about OFF38 in the Contract User Guide. Reach Julia Wolfe at 617-502-8836 or the OFF38 Contract Manager, Peter Etzel, at 617-720-3397.

*The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) is a nationwide organization focused on identifying and eliminating the use of toxic chemicals that pose a risk to human health.

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