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Green Seal Helps LA County with Green Procurement Program
Los Angeles County calls on Green Seal to help develop a green procurement program for government purchasing
Los Angeles County has enlisted Green Seal (Nov. 2007) to assist
the County in the development of a Countywide green procurement implementation project —
helping them incorporate green specifications to buy green products in priority categories with a
five-year schedule of implementation. A wide range of product categories will be covered, from
cleaning supplies and paper products to electronics and construction equipment.
LA County Green Procurement Project
Green Seal will work with the County to prioritize environmental purchasing and develop a 5-year implementation schedule prioritizing items based on environmental benefit and practicality.
They will evaluate current priority purchasing based on environmental impact and develop
environmental criteria where needed, then review current purchasing policies, interview
purchasing managers and identify any existing obstacles to green purchasing.
"Green Seal has been working with governments at all levels — federal, state, county and
municipal — since the mid-1990s," explains Dr. Arthur Weissman, President and CEO of Green Seal. "Civil servants seek a healthier environment for their citizens and employees, and they
know the importance of improving environmental performance at every stage along the supply
chain. Our clients have included: the National Park Service, U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the State of California and New York and the City of
Philadelphia." Other projects that Green Seal has worked on in California include
institutionalizing green procurement for the state’s Procurement Division, evaluating the Buy
Recycled Campaign, Guidelines for the Procurement, Use and End-Of-Life Management of
Electronic Equipment, and the State Green Lodging Program.
About Green Seal Inc.
The non-profit Green Seal, based in Washington D.C. has been identifying products and services
that protect the environment from toxic chemicals, noxious fumes and wasted resources since
1989. Using a life-cycle assessment based labeling system, Green Seal is the premier
independent ecolabel in the U.S. and helps define what “green” really means, guiding consumers
and purchasers to make the right choice.
View the County of LA's ENVIRONMENT websection.
Edited by Carolyn Allen