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MEMORANDUM FOR FEDERAL AGENCY ENVIRONMENTAL EXECUTIVES

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MEMORANDUM FOR FEDERAL AGENCY ENVIRONMENTAL EXECUTIVES

    E.O. 13423 SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES: GREEN PURCHASING,

    WASTE MANAGEMENT, AND CHEMICALS MANAGEMENT

    Agency Report for Fiscal Year 2008

Date Due: February 16, 2009

    Date Prepared:

Agency or Department:

    Agency Contact:

    Contact Telephone Number:

    Contact E-mail Address:

PART I: GREEN PURCHASING

A. Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) Data

    (1) Attach the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Standard Report for FY 2008 data from FPDS (“Recycled Content Product Purchasing Data Report”).

    (2) Has your agency reviewed the FY 2008 FPDS data for compliance assessment and/or trend analyses? Yes No

    (3) Please describe the findings, changes, and/or actions that were a direct result of the assessments or analyses above.

    B. Indicator Items for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-Designated Recycled Content Products

    NOTE: Section 6002 of RCRA, E.O. 13423, and Part 23 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) require Federal agencies to purchase recycled content products designated by EPA. The General Services Administration (GSA) Stock and Special Order programs and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) will provide data for agency purchases made directly from them.

    (1) Which of the following products does your agency purchase directly or as part of a support services contract, including purchases made from GSA’s Multiple Award 1Schedule (MAS) vendors? Please check all that apply.

     23For each product checked, provide the total dollar amount of these products purchased

    by your agency from sources other than direct purchases from GSA’s Stock and Special

     1 Also known as Federal Supply Schedule vendors 2 “Total amount” equals the amount of product without recovered materials plus the amount of product with recovered

    materials. 3 Within this document, the term “purchased” includes both direct government purchases, as well as procurement of products through government contracts, including products supplied or used in the performance of contracts.

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Order programs or DLA in FY 2008. In addition, provide (1) the dollar amount of these 4products containing recovered materials purchased by your agency from sources other

    than direct purchases from GSA’s Stock and Special Order programs or DLA in FY 2008 OR (2) the percentage of your agency’s facilities that purchased the item containing

    recovered materials OR, (3) for janitorial services only, the number of janitorial services contracts that required the supply of tissue products containing recovered materials:

Product Total FY 2008 Total FY 2008 Percentage of # of

    Purchased $ Amount $ Amount Facilities Janitorial

    (check all that Spent on Spent on Purchasing the Services

    are purchased Product Products Product Contracts

    or used in Purchases Containing Containing that Require

    services Recovered Recovered Products

    contracts) Materials OR Materials OR Containing

    Recovered

    Materials

     Tissue

    products

     Toner

    cartridges

     Landscaping

    timbers

     Park benches

    or picnic tables

     Traffic

    barricades

     Engine

    lubricating oil

     Signage

    (2) If any of the products that you checked in section (1) above are purchased using an agency specification, does that specification require the use of recovered materials? Yes No Not applicable

List which specifications:

    (3) For each product checked in section (1) above, describe any technical impediments to increasing the purchase of these products containing recovered materials by your agency. Identify the item and the impediment(s) reported for that item:

(4) For construction products, demonstrate how your agency complies with the

    requirement to purchase EPA-designated construction products containing recovered materials or U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-designated biobased construction products to the maximum extent practicable. Examples include integrating specific

     4 The products designated by EPA are commonly referred to as “CPG-items” or “recycled content products.” RCRA

    refers to them as “products containing recovered materials,” which is the term used in this reporting document unless a more specific term, such as re-refined oil or retread tires, is used.

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    recycled content or biobased content product requirements with the use of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-NC or

    LEED-EB, incorporating recycled content or biobased content product requirements into design specifications, and inserting recycled content or biobased content product requirements in design/build contracts:

    C. ENERGY STAR, Energy-Efficient, EPEAT-Registered, and Water Conserving Products

    (1) The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005), E.O. 13423, and Part 23 of the FAR require Federal agencies to purchase ENERGY STAR and Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)-designated energy efficient products unless the head of the agency determines that the products are not life cycle cost effective or are not reasonably available.

    (a) Describe what your agency has done to eliminate the purchase of non-ENERGY

     STAR or non-FEMP-designated products in purchases of products and services

     related to the following: office electronics; materials and equipment used in building

     construction, renovation, and maintenance; lighting; other equipment. An example

     might be when the head of acquisition issued a policy directive requiring the purchase

     of energy efficient products.

(b) Describe your agency’s plans to revise policies, procedures, specifications, contract

     writing systems, and education materials to ensure that the EPAct 2005 and FAR

     requirements are met.

    (2) E.O. 13423 and the FAR require that 95 percent of purchases of products covered by an Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) standard be EPEAT-registered products.

    (a) Which mechanisms does your agency use to purchase personal computers, monitors,

     and laptops? Check all that apply.

     Direct purchases of equipment via electronics supplies contract

     Direct purchases via blanket purchase agreement

     Direct purchases of equipment via purchase card

     Leases or seat management contracts

     Purchases from governmentwide acquisition contracts. Specify which one(s).

     Other. Specify.

    (b) Does your agency include requirements to supply EPEAT-registered computer

     products in solicitations, contracts, and leases for IT equipment? Yes No

(c) If the answer to (b) is yes, did it do so in FY 2008? Yes No

    (d) If the answer to (b) is no, what are your agency’s plans to revise existing contracts to

     incorporate the EPEAT requirements?

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    (3) E.O. 13423 requires agencies to reduce water consumption intensity, and the E.O. Implementing Instructions recommend that agencies purchase WaterSense-labeled products.

    (a) In FY 2008, did your agency purchase WaterSense-labeled water conserving products

     or other water efficient products? Yes No If yes, please specify what types of

     products were purchased.

    (b) What steps has your agency taken to ensure that WaterSense-labeled products or other

     water-efficient products will be specified in future solicitations?

D. USDA-Designated Biobased Products

    The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act (FSRIA) of 2002, E.O. 13423, and Part 23 of the FAR require Federal agencies to purchase USDA-designated biobased products.

    (1) Indicate which of the following products your agency purchased directly or as part of a support services contract, including purchases made from GSA MAS vendors. Of the products checked, indicate which ones your agency purchased containing biobased materials in FY 2008. Please check all that apply in both columns.

     Purchased in FY 2008

    Product Purchased in FY 2008 Containing Biobased

    Materials

    Mobile equip. hydraulic fluid

    Diesel fuel additives

    Penetrating lubricants

    Roof coatings

    Water tank coatings

    Bedding/bed linens/towels

    (2) For each biobased product checked above, describe any technical impediments to increasing the purchase by your agency of these products containing biobased materials. Identify the item and the impediment(s) reported for that item:

    (3) FSRIA section 9002(d) requires procuring agencies that have responsibility for drafting or reviewing specifications to ensure that such specifications require the use of biobased products consistent with the requirements of section 9002.

    (a) Does your agency have responsibility for drafting or reviewing specifications?

     Yes No

    (b) If yes, in FY 2008 did your agency review specifications for the biobased products

     designated by the USDA in March 2006? Yes No

    (c) If yes, list products for which specification review was completed in

     FY 2008.

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(d) If yes, list product specifications currently under review.

(e) If yes, identify applicable product specifications not yet under review.

    (4) In FY 2008, did your agency purchase or test any biobased products, other than biobased fuels or the products designated by the USDA? Yes No Please provide

    details for your response.

E. Environmentally Preferable Products and Services

    E.O. 13423 and Part 23 of the FAR require Federal agencies to purchase environmentally preferable products and services.

    (1) In FY 2008, did your agency purchase any of the following environmentally preferable products and/or services, including those used at facilities managed by GSA and leased facilities? Check all that apply.

     Green janitorial products or services

     Green conference or meeting services

     Carpet

     Low volatile organic compound (VOC) paints

     Other, please elaborate.

    (2) In FY 2008, did your agency initiate or participate in an agency or multi-agency pilot for purchasing any of the products or services falling within the Federal green purchasing program? Yes No If yes, please elaborate.

    (3) Would your agency be willing to serve as the lead agency for a multi-agency pilot during FY 2010? Yes No If yes, what type of pilot project are you considering?

F. Management Controls

(1) Green Purchasing Plans, Policies, and Procedures

    (a) All agencies must have formal, written, documented green purchasing plans, policies

     and/or procedures for the implementation of the statutory and executive order

     requirements to purchase green products and services. Indicate which components of

     the Federal green purchasing requirements your plans, policies, or procedures address,

     understanding that some of the requirements will be addressed in your agency’s

     Sustainable Buildings Implementation Plans, Electronics Stewardship Plans, or other

     documents, policies, and procedures:

     EPA-designated recycled content products

     ENERGY STAR and energy efficient products, and low standby devices

     Biobased and USDA-designated BioPreferred products

     Environmentally preferable products and services

     Renewable energy

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     WaterSense and other water-efficient products

     EPEAT-registered products

     Non-ozone depleting substances (ODSs) and/or those covered by EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program (chemicals and/or equipment)

     Alternative fuel vehicles and alternative fuels

    (b) Does the agency policy or green purchasing plan define responsibility for:

    Conducting awareness training? Yes No

     5Incorporating green purchasing requirements into specification and contracts?

    Yes No

    Establishing and measuring progress toward green purchasing objectives?

    Yes No

    Reporting progress? Yes No

    Management review? Yes No

    If the answer to any question is no, please explain.

    (c) Does your agency have a requirement to routinely update the green purchasing plan,

     policies, or procedure? Yes No What is the date of your current green

     purchasing plan?

    (d) Please attach a copy of, or provide the URL(s) for, the website(s) for your agency

     green purchasing plan, policies, or procedure if any of them have changed since the

     FY 2007 report.

(2) Implementation

    (a) Is your agency using its formal facility or organizational environmental management

    systems (EMS) to meet the statutory and executive order requirements to purchase

    green products and services? Yes No N/A If yes, please elaborate and

    provide at least one example.

(b) Does your agency formally promote incorporating green purchasing into EMS?

     Yes No N/A If yes, how is this accomplished?

    (c) Has your agency contract writing system or enterprise asset management system been

     revised to incorporate the supply and use of green products?

     Yes No N/A

     5 “Contracts” includes concession contracts, referring to non-FAR regulated business contracts authorized

    through applicable agency legislation.

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    (d) Is your agency using, or planning to use, acquisition forecasts to promote its

    preference for green products? Yes No N/A

    (e) Is your agency using, or planning to use, model solicitation and/or contract language

    to promote its preference for green products? Yes No N/A

    (f) If applicable, what other policies, procedures, or tools is your agency using or

    planning to use to promote its preference for green products?

(3) Training

    (a) Who is responsible for conducting training of agency personnel with respect to the

    green purchasing requirements?

    (b) Has green purchasing training been added to all appropriate training, including

    training provided by contractors?

     6 (c) What percentage of acquisition personnel received documentedgreen purchasing 7training (new or refresher) within the past fiscal year? of personnel,

    which is percent.

    (d) Is training provided by agency personnel, an outside source (e.g. Defense Acquisition

    University’s contracting officer training courses, GSA SmartPay), or both?

(e) What percentage of purchase cardholders received documented green purchasing 8training (new or refresher) within the past fiscal year? of personnel,

    which is percent.

(f) Who provides the training to purchase cardholders?

(g) How is training of purchase cardholders documented?

    (h) Indicate whether the green purchasing program components listed in the table below

     are covered in training for acquisition personnel and purchase cardholders,

     respectively:

     6 Documented training other than the Green Purchasing course available through the Office of Personnel Management’s USALearning web site. OPM will provide data on use of this course to OMB and OFEE. 7 Contracting officials and contracting officer technical representatives are required to earn continuous learning points each year, which can include green purchasing training. 8 According to OMB Circular A-123, Appendix B, “Improving the Management of Government-Issued

    Charge Card Programs,” issued August 2005 and updated April 2006, purchase cardholders, charge card mangers, and approving officials must receive training, and they must receive refresher training, at a minimum, every 3 years. Training “must familiarize the cardholders with Federal procurement laws and regulations, agency policies, and proper card use.”

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    Component Acquisition Training Purchase Card

    (Y/N) Holders (Y/N)

    EPA-designated recycled content

    products

    ENERGY STAR, energy efficient

    products, and low standby power

    products

    Biobased and USDA-designated

    BioPreferred products

    Environmentally preferable products

    and services

    Renewable energy

    WaterSense and other water-efficient

    products

    EPEAT-registered products

    Non-ODSs and/or those covered by

    EPA’s SNAP program (chemicals

    and/or equipment)

    Alternative fuel vehicles/alternative

    fuels

     9(4) Program Management Review

    (a) What approach does your agency use for reviewing facility and agency-wide

    compliance with the green purchasing requirements? Examples include reviewing a

    representative sample of contracting actions, on-site audits, and the use of the TEAM

    Guide or CP Track.

    (b) What percentage of agency facilities conducted and documented contracting and/or

    environmental reviews for green purchasing compliance during this reporting period?

     percent.

    (c) Are findings reported to senior facility or agency management, as appropriate?

     Yes No

    (d) Does your agency conduct trend analysis of program management reviews, training,

    and FPDS data to assess green purchasing program effectiveness? Yes No

(e) What types of trends are realized as a result of findings from these audits?

    (f) Are trends analyses reported to senior facility or agency management, as appropriate?

     Yes No

    (g) Does senior facility management track corrective actions from these findings?

     Yes No

     9 Agencies may also refer to these activities as compliance monitoring, auditing, and compliance assessments.

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PART II: SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT

A. Solid Waste Prevention

    (1) Did your agency institute new, substantially improved, or updated solid waste prevention practices in FY 2008? Yes No Please provide an explanation of your

    response.

    (2)(a)Does your agency have sites or facilities with composting programs? Yes No

(b) If yes, how many facilities or sites? Estimate the total weight of materials

     diverted to composting: tons.

B. Recycling

    (1) What percentage of offices/sites operated by your agency has an active recycling program? of offices/sites, which is percent.

    (2) If applicable, what percentage of residential housing operated by your agency has an active household products recycling program? of sites, which is

    percent of sites. Not applicable

     10(3)(a) What percentage of total solid waste generated by your agency was diverted in

    FY 2008? of tons, which is percent.

    (b) For agencies with offices in multi-tenant buildings, approximately what percentage of

     those buildings has a recycling program?

C. Electronics Management

    (1) What is your agency doing to increase electronics life span to four years or greater and to decrease life spans shorter than 4 years?

    (2) Describe how your agency addresses computer equipment power management, including enabling the ENERGY STAR features on computers and monitors.

(3)(a) Describe your agency’s management of electronics equipment in an

    environmentally responsible manner at the end of the equipment’s useful life.

(b) What is your agency doing to eliminate unsound disposal practices?

     10 “Solid waste” refers to municipal solid waste as defined by EPA. Please indicate if your agency is including other materials, such as construction and demolition debris.

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PART III: TOXICS AND HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS

    MANAGEMENT

    Briefly describe what your agency has done to implement its toxic and hazardous chemical management plan during FY 2008, specifically addressing any FY 2008 milestones identified in the plan. Do not report quantitative information (volume or dollars) on chemicals or chemical-containing products purchased or reduced.

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