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Sustainable Marketplace: Greener Products and Services

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program History

This page depicts a timeline of the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Program.




  • EPA issues Final Pilot Guidelines based on learnings from the pilot assessment.
  • EPA makes updates to the Recommendations of Specification, Standards, and Ecolabels in the three product categories included in the pilot assessment and to the format of existing product categories.  
  • EPA releases Version 1.0 of the TV Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator (EEBC).
  • GSA and EPA complete updated API of federal environmental sustainability requirements for integration into federal contract writing systems.



  • Launches the research for the E-procurement systems report.
  • Publishes Federal Sustainable Print Management Policy Template in GSA Bulletin FMR B-39.
  • EPA coordinates interagency discussion and collaboration with industry on clarification of product categories included in the requirement to procure EPEAT registered products, resulting in guidance issued by the White House’s Office of the Federal Environmental Executive.
  • EPA provides technical support to the FAR Council and OMB as they reviewed the EPEAT FAR Case 2013-16 to add clauses for televisions and imaging equipment. 







  • The Office of the Federal Environmental Executive, Commander Navy Region Southwest, and the Federal Network for Sustainability - West host the 2008 Federal Environmental Symposia.
  • EPA adopts its Green Building Strategy to facilitate the mainstream adoption of effective green building practices.
  • Federal Electronics Challenge: 2007 Accomplishments Summary.




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  • Federal Green Construction Guide for SpecifiersExitundergoes public review.
  • EPA launches Federal Electronics Challenge pilot with five federal agencies.
  • Stakeholders participate in workshop to discuss development of the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) funded by EPA Pollution Prevention grant.
  • National Park Service designates 20 parks as Centers for Environmental Innovation in ongoing partnership with EPA.


  • Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Environment Ministers approves OECD Council Recommendation on Improving the Environmental performance of Public Procurement. 
  • National Park Service, National Recreation and Parks Association and EPA sponsor first Greening Workshop and charrette at Big Cypress National Preserve.
  • EPA attends the North American Green Purchasing Conference co-hosted by Center for A New American Dream and TerraChoice Environmental Services, Inc.
  • The Commission for Environmental Cooperation forms the North American Green Purchasing Initiative in which EPA becomes a member.
  • Oceans Blue Foundation unveils Green Meeting Planning Tool. Exit
  • EPA's develops its own Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Goals.
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology releases Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES) software (version 3.0), with support from EPA.
  • Tellus Institute publishes Greening Your Products: Good for the Environment, Good for Your Bottom Line (PDF) (52 pp, 692 KB), under a Cooperative Agreement with EPA.







  • Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and EPA initiates study examining innovative environmental purchasing programs in OECD member countries.


  • EPA publishes Proposed Guidance on Acquisition of Environmentally Preferable Products and Services.
  • EPA hosts public meeting, accepts written comments, on Proposed Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Guidance.


  • EPA drafts concept paper on environmentally preferable purchasing and hosts public and stakeholder meetings.



  • The Pollution Prevention Act is established which requires EPA to "identify opportunities to use Federal procurement to encourage source reduction"(Section 6604).