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The Operational Services Division’s (OSD) efforts to broaden and promote the availability of environmentally preferable purchasing options in Massachusetts Statewide Contracts (SWC) recently were recognized by two sustainable purchasing leadership organizations: the Green Electronic Council (GEC) and the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC).

EPEAT Purchaser Awards

During the second annual EPEAT Purchaser Awards on May 24, 2016, OSD was acknowledged for its work to incorporate greener electronics choices into SWCs. EPEAT, the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, managed by the GEC, verifies that electrical products meet multi-attribute environmental performance standards. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a Two-Star Award winner, was one of 38 organizations recognized for their commitment to sustainable product purchasing – products that consume less energy and minimize impact on the planet.

OSD’s approach to incorporate greener electronics choices as part of the state’s procurement process has ultimately enabled Massachusetts public purchasers to buy just short of 85,000 EPEAT registered computers, laptops, and monitors through Statewide Contracts in FY2015. Compared to products that do not meet the EPEAT criteria, these energy-efficient purchases are estimated to have returned $713,665 in energy cost savings and have resulted in significant environmental impact reductions. Link to the GEC Press Release.

SPLC Business Case and Purchasing Innovation Awards

Julia Wolfe and Alicia Culver receiving SPLC award

Julia Wolfe, Director of the Commonwealth’s EPP Procurement Program at OSD (left), with colleague, Alicia Culver, from the Responsible Purchasing Network

On May 25, 2016, OSD was the recipient of two awards from the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council. Annually, the SPLC recognizes organizations that exemplify and support a constructive cycle of innovation that improves the environmental, social, and economic performance of their purchasing.

OSD was honored to receive the SPLC Business Case Award, bestowed on the organization that best demonstrates the business value of a sustainable purchasing program. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Commonwealth’s Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP) Procurement Program at OSD. This program, which makes available thousands of EPPs on more than 40 SWCs, saved more than $28 million in FY 2015:

  • Reduced approximately 190,000 metric tons of carbon equivalent (MTCE2), achieved by energy-efficient product purchases and those that contain post-consumer recycled content;
  • Diverted an estimated 19,222 tons of waste from disposal to recycling.

The Operational Services Division also received accolades for its part in creating a multi-state green cleaning supplies contract that produced the nation’s largest, multi-state cooperative purchasing agreement for environmentally preferable cleaning supplies and equipment (SWC FAC85). For this contract, the Commonwealth assembled a Sourcing Team, comprising 14 public entities, to create green janitorial supplies specifications and a market basket list of certified low-toxicity cleaners that ultimately provided more than 13,000 EPP products on the FAC85 SWC and resulted in an estimated $10 million in contract purchases in FY 2015. View the SPLC Press Release.

Julia Wolfe, Director of the Commonwealth’s Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP) Procurement Program at the Operational Services Division, works alongside her Strategic Sourcing colleagues to incorporate sustainable product choices into Statewide Contracts and educate buyers about their availability and efficacy. Wolfe states, “As we have been able to expand the breadth and quality of EPP choices on SWCs, an ever-increasing number of public purchasers in Massachusetts are selecting these options and are helping us to drive prominent changes toward more sustainable business practices in the marketplace.” The efforts led by Massachusetts over the last 20 years have helped raise the bar on quality, cost, and availability of EPPs.

Gary Lambert, Assistant Secretary for Operational Services, notes, “It’s a real win for the Commonwealth when Statewide Contract product offerings not only satisfy buyer demand, but support a healthier environment as well. Our customers’ receptivity to these choices and recent acknowledgement from environmental leadership organizations affirm our EPP procurement approach.”

In FY2015, total Commonwealth EPP Statewide Contract purchases accounted for more than $385 million. Learn more about OSD’s EPP Procurement Program at mass.gov/epp.

 

 

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