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Sustainable Marketplace: Greener Products and Services

Independent Assessment Entity (IAE) Findings and Recommendations Report on Recommended Standards and Ecolabels initial pilot results.

EPA Guidelines Pilot for Assessing Standards and Ecolabels for Federal Government Procurement: Draft Independent Assessment Entity (IAE) Findings and Recommendations Report completed 13 September 2016

Industrial Economics, Inc. (IEc), under contract to Resolve and EPA, was commissioned to independently assess the responses provided by volunteer standards, certifiers, and ecolabel programs to meeting EPA’s pilot criteria for federal procurement. The assessment criteria were based on the draft Guidelines for Assessing Environmental Performance Standards and Ecolabels for Federal Procurement, and further developed and refined by the three product category panels (furniture, flooring, and paints & coatings) and Governance Committee, groups facilitated by Resolve in 2015 and 2016. The assessment took place between June and August, 2016.

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