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by Julia Wolfe, Director of Environmental Purchasing at the Operational Services Division*

Julia Wolfe

Julia Wolfe
Director of Environmental Purchasing at the Operational Services Division

Although the weather to date has not been an indicator (shhh!), the winter season is on our doorstep. As always, preparedness is key to ensuring a safe and comfortable season and Statewide Contracts (SWCs) may help.

A buyer’s search for winter-related items on SWC will yield productive results and offers the opportunity to opt for environmentally preferable choices, as well. Take a look!

Snow and Ice Products
As last year demonstrated, snow and ice are a way of life here in New England. Fortunately, SWCs provide several ways to combat these winter occurrences, including snow and ice melt products that have been registered with the EPA’s Safer Choice Program. These products provide environmentally preferable alternatives to the use of sodium chloride (salt) for deicing walkways, parking lots, and roadways as they use less or no sodium chloride and restrict the use of chemicals that contaminate soil and water. Safer Choice-registered snow and ice melt products are available on Statewide Contract FAC76 (Maintenance, Repair & Operations Products, Supplies and Equipment – Category 7) and on Statewide Contract FAC85 (Environmentally Preferable Cleaning Products, Programs, Equipment and Supplies – Category 7).

To promote the good health of your vehicle’s engine, antifreeze is a necessary staple during the winter season. Check out the remanufactured antifreeze made from 100%-recycled ethylene glycol in both ready-to-use and concentrated forms on Statewide Contract VEH96 (Light, Medium, Heavy Duty OEM & Non-OEM Motorized Vehicle Parts, Refined Motor Oil, Lubricants).

Heating Oil
Keeping warm is top of mind during the winter season, and you may want to consider an alternative to using fossil fuels, which may be harmful to human health and the environment. SWCs offer an eco-friendly option with B5 Bio-heat, which is traditional heating oil blended with 5% biofuel produced from biological raw materials such as vegetable oils, animal fats, or used cooking oils. Find B5 Bio-heat information on Statewide Contract ENE34 (No. 2 Heating Oil).

Integrated Pest Management
Cold weather often entices pests to find a home inside, and buyers can find solutions to this dilemma on FAC74, the Statewide Contract for Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that supports Massachusetts regulations: The Child Protection Act – promoting the implementation of Integrated Pest Management techniques within a school, daycare center, or school-age child care program – and Executive Order 403 which mandates the use of IPM in all state buildings and facilities.

The IPM programs on FAC74 use current, comprehensive information on the lifecycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment. Review the FAC74 Contract User Guide for a list of pre-qualified IPM vendors and implementation guidance.

Associated Resources
• Explore all available Environmentally Preferable Products (EPPs) on Statewide Contract and find many EPP resources in the Environmentally Preferable Products and Services Guide.
• View the Operational Services Division’s EPP website at
• Contact Julia Wolfe at

*Julia Wolfe is the Director of Environmental Purchasing at the Operational Services Division (OSD). Since joining OSD three years ago, Julia has integrated environmental specifications into Statewide Contracts and led a multi-state procurement for Environmentally Preferable Cleaning Products, Programs, Equipment, and Supplies. Before working at OSD, Julia worked for the US EPA’s R1 Office in California in both the Pollution Prevention and Toxics and Solid Waste Programs, and the Commonwealth’s Department of Environmental Protection in their Waste Programs Division and the Toxics and Hazards Program.

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