Office of Purchasing & Contracting -- Environmentally Preferred Purchasing (EPP)
Welcome to the Vermont Environmentally Preferable
Purchasing (EPP) Program.
WHAT IS EPP? Environmental Preferable Purchasing means “products and services that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose. This comparison may consider raw material acquisition, production, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, re-use, operation, maintenance, or disposal of the product or service” (Presidential Executive Order 13101; US EPA; generally accepted by industry).
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? EP Purchasing directs buying choices toward products that are less harmful to the environment and safer for human health. Our purpose is to help reduce the negative effects of purchases by promoting EP products through our purchasing and contracting efforts. This effort benefits and is supported by the following groups: political subdivisions, such as schools and towns; EP organizations, including government and not-for-profit groups; state government executive branch and agencies; consumers; vendors and manufacturers.
HISTORY OF EPP IN VERMONT: The State of Vermont is a national leader in the development and application of Environmentally Preferable Purchasing and control of Hazardous Material Use. We have established specific goals and objectives aimed at: providing sound environmental stewardship, protection of human health, reducing state operating expenses associated with the use and control of regulated hazardous materials, and reduction of potential liability attributable to environmental impact.
MERCURY REDUCTION: The State of Vermont is committed to minimizing the amount of mercury utilized in its operations, and desires to eliminate the purchase of products that contain mercury whenever feasible alternatives exist at a reasonable cost and comparable performance. Where mercury-free alternative products do not exist, preference will be given to the purchase of products with the lowest (documented) total mercury content feasible and products that bear a mercury content warning label. The State of Vermont urges suppliers to continue to develop, produce, and bring to market appropriate, cost competitive, and effective mercury-free replacements.