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Climate-Friendly Purchasing Resources


These resources will help inform your climate-friendly purchasing activities. Resources include links to organizations, state and federal agencies, tools, guides and tip sheets to support your work.  You’ll also find examples of programs and materials from cities and counties.


Recycled-Content Product Manufacturers Directory – CalRecycle

The Recycled-Content Product Manufacturers Directory lists products containing recycled materials and provides information about the manufacturers, distributors and re-processors of these products.


Cleaner Car Buyer’s Guide
Air Resources Board

This site was developed as a resource for car buyers to find clean technology vehicles.



The EcoLogo website is a source of information about climate-friendly products. EcoLogo is a nonprofit organization that evaluates and certifies products that have a reduced impact on the environment compared with competing products that serve the same purpose.


Energy Star

Energy Star is a voluntary energy efficiency labeling program derived from a partnership between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. The Energy Star website lists energy efficient products.


Environmental Purchasing Policy (San Mateo County)

The goal of this policy is to encourage and increase the use of environmentally preferable products and services in San Mateo County. By including environmental considerations in purchasing decisions, San Mateo County can promote practices that improve public and worker health, conserve natural resources, and reward environmentally conscious manufacturers, while remaining fiscally responsible.


Flex Your Power

Flex Your Power offers a information about energy efficiency, climate change, and a database of energy conservation rebates, incentives and services searchable by California zip code.


Green Seal

Green Seal is an independent, non-profit environmental labeling organization. The Green Seal website lists certified products and services, and offers information and tools to green governments and nonprofits.


ILG Sample Climate-Friendly Purchasing Policy

The Institute’s sample Climate-Friendly Purchasing policy focuses on purchasing practices that help address climate change. Climate-friendly purchasing is the procurement or acquisition of goods and services that are a lesser or reduced source of greenhouse gas emissions when compared with competing goods or services that serve the same purpose.


Making it Easier to Buy Green
Western City, August 2007

Learn how local and state agencies are finding it easier to buy green products, thanks to the efforts of the California Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Task Force in this article from Western City Magazine.


U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance

U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance™ (“U.S. Communities™”) is a nationwide purchasing cooperative designed to be a procurement resource for local and state government agencies, school districts (K-12), higher education and nonprofits.

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