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Federal Green Challenge


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FGC Purchasing Goals

Develop, Implement, and Maintain:

  • A green purchasing policy that covers applicable product types under the Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines.
  • A green cleaning policy that addresses sustainable cleaning systems and products, chemical concentrate and dilution systems, proper training, minimized use of antimicrobial hand soaps, and reduced impacts on indoor air quality.
  • An integrated pest management policy that addresses pest control through integrated methods, inspections, populations monitoring, and a pest control need evaluation.
  • Pollinator habitat that will allow pollinators, such as bees, butterflies and birds to flourish locally.
  • A green meeting and events policy that reduces the environmental impacts associated with travel, hotel accommodations, food services and event activities.
  • A green transportation policy that incorporates SmartWay-certified fleet vehicles and freight shipped by an EPA SmartWay partner.
  • A policy limiting the use of federal funds to purchase bottled water.

Relative to your baseline, achieve a 5% increase or reduction in the following activities:

  • Increase the recycled content of purchased office paper products
  • Increase the percentage of green cleaning products purchased
  • Decrease the pounds of pesticides purchased
  • Increase the amount of pollinator habitat planted or enhanced.
  • Increase the number of hosted meetings and events delivered under a Green Meeting Policy
  • Reduce the gallons of bottled water purchased with federal funds.

Reducing Your Purchasing Footprint

Office Products

Fact: Switching from 30% to 100% recycled copy paper saves 589 million gallons of water, 195,990 tons of wood, and 39 million lbs of solid waste annually, which is the equivalent of the trash carried by 1,408 garbage truck. And every 1,000 tons of paper collected, processed and re-manufactured creates 7 U.S. jobs.

Bottled Water

  • Implement a Policy to Not Purchase Bottled Water for employees (i.e. water cooler groups or individuals), meetings (at your facility's meeting rooms or conference center), and/or events (meetings or conferences at hotels in commercial spaces)
  • Eliminate your purchase of bottled water for employees (i.e. water cooler groups or individuals), meetings (at your facility's meeting rooms or conference center), and/or events (meetings or conferences at hotels in commercial spaces)


Pest Management/Landscaping

Pollinator Habitat

Fact: Honey bee pollination adds over $15 billion in value to agricultural crops each year; in fact, one-third of the food we eat depends on pollinators. Yet, pollinators are in precipitous decline. From April 2015-April 2016, beekeepers lost 44% of their honeybee colonies.



  • Environmentally Preferable Purchasing - Meetings and Conferences
  • Establish and implement a green meeting policy (Example: EPA Region 9 Policy)
  • Establish a policy not to purchase bottled water at meetings and events
  • Eliminate the use of bottled water for meetings and events
  • Use new media and electronic technology to cut down paper usage
  • Ask your hotel and meeting venue to provide services for recycling and composting
  • Choose a location that decreases need for travel and is easily accessible by public transportation

Building & Construction

Renewable Energy



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