Santa Rosa, CA Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policy

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Santa Rosa, CA, US

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Type: Policy

Status: Adopted on 3/20/07

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On March 20, 2007 the Santa Rosa City Council adopted an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Policy. This policy was developed out of the Environmental Strategic Plan Committee to replace the City's Recycled Product Procurement Policy. The new policy improves purchasing by focusing on resource conservation and toxics reduction as well as recycled content and source reduction that were covered in the previous policy.

What is Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP)?
Environmentally preferable goods and services are those that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when specifically compared with other goods or services that serve the same purpose.

Why is Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Important?
The purchase and use of environmentally preferable products can have a profound impact and not just on the environment. From worker safety to budget savings, wise purchasing has a number of benefits.

  • Buying less hazardous products can reduce regulatory liability, improve worker safety, and lower disposal costs.
  • Using energy efficient and water conserving products can save money
  • Products that are reusable, refillable, more durable, or repairable create less waste and are more cost effective in the long run than disposable single use products.
  • Buying recycle products keeps our home and workplace recycling programs going and saves natural resources.

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