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Environmentally Responsible Purchasing Practices:

A resource for understanding and developing environmentally responsible purchasing policies can be found on the NRDC website. Example purchasing policies from Bank of America, Staples, Toshiba and others, that may be used as a template to insure that products and services purchased or contracted will, when modified for the specifics, meet the goals and objectives of your property, can be found on this site.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): The US EPA also publishes policy and guidance for Federal Government purchases. This site is a good resource for locating and comparing green products and services, standards, tools and training and links to recent green purchasing publications.

STOP WASTE Partnership:

StopWaste is the Alameda County Waste Management Authority and the Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board operating as one public agency. The Waste Management Authority and the Source Reduction and Recycling Board form an integrated Agency dedicated to achieving the most environmentally sound solid waste management and resource conservation program for the people of Alameda County. The StopWaste web-site contains a diversification of information, mostly applicable to the SF Bay area and Alameda County, but its newsletters and general information are more broad and useful outside their jurisdiction.

The agency’s goal is to:

  • Provide strategic planning, research, education and technical assistance to the public, businesses and local governments.
  • Initiate innovative programs and facilities to maximize waste prevention, recycling and economic development opportunities.
  • Serve as a pro-active public policy advocate for long term solutions to our challenges.
  • Partner with organizations with compatible goals.
  • To access the STOPWASTE Partnership website:

USGBC LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design):

LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. LEED applies to all project types including Building Design & Construction, Interior Design and Construction, Building Operations and Maintenance and residential projects.

To access the USGBC LEED home page: