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California Environmentally Preferable Purchasing and Green Purchasing

The Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Best Practices Manual helps make informed purchases that achieve both economic and environmental balance

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State of California Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Best Practices Manual

The Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Best Practices Manual is available on the Green California website at to help you make informed purchases that achieve both economic and environmental balance and assist your department with meeting California’s purchasing goals (Public Contract Code sections 12400-12404, available at

The manual covers 35 products categories along with other chapters covering how to access state contracts at and how to find green products on state contracts at . For more information about the Manual, contact the Department of General Services at

Green Purchasing

If you would like more information on Green Purchasing, a list of Local Assistance and Market Development Division staff in the Sustainability Program is available at . In addition, the following web pages provide a wealth of information relating to RCPs.

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing website, (

Other StopWaste.Org Resources

  • The Bay-Friendly Landscaping and Gardening website ( offers product ideas, bay-friendly gardening ideas for residents, and sustainable practices for landscaping professionals.
  • The Green Building Home website ( provides construction-related products and information for “Green Building.”
  • Read all about how StopWaste.Org put their EPP know-how to work, including green building and bay-friendly landscaping, in their newly renovated office by downloading 1537 Webster Street: A Green Renovation in Downtown Oakland at


For more information on Pasadena’s climate change policies and programs, visit or contact Ursula Schmidt, Environmental Sustainability Programs, City of Pasadena at 626-744-6729 or

For more information on Palo Alto’s climate change programs and policies, contact Karl E. Knapp, Ph.D., Senior Resource Planner, City of Palo Alto Utilities at (650) 329-2309 or or contact Wendy Hediger, Recycling Coordinator, City of Palo Alto at (650) 496-5912 or

More information on San Francisco’s approved alternative products list is available at

Santa Monica is taking an active role in aligning itself with organizations, such as the Responsible Purchasing Network ( and the California Product Stewardship Council (

For information on Santa Monica’s EPP program, contact Karl Bruskotter at (310) 458-2255 or Karl.Bruskotter@SMGOV.NET. In addition, information on Santa Monica’s sustainable city plan and sustainability in general is available on the City of Santa Monica’s Environmental Programs Division website at

For more information on legislation, go to

Comprehensive purchasing guides are available to members of the Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN), The guides contain lists of products that meet stated environmental criteria, making it easier to find green products.

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