Regulatory: Green Procurement--More Than Just Buying "Green Stuff"

On October 5, 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13514, entitled, "Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance." The executive order calls for an integrated strategy for sustainability in the federal government and to make the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission a priority for Federal agencies.

Among the directives included in the order is a measure directing the General Services Administration (GSA) to study and make recommendations to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regarding the feasibility of making GHG emission tracking and reporting part of Federal procurement process. The order calls for GSA to explore the feasibility of (1) requiring venders and contractors to register with a "voluntary registry or organization for reporting GHG emission; (2) requiring contractors to develop and make available via a reporting systems their GHG inventory and description of efforts to mitigate GHG emissions; and (3) using federal government purchasing preferences or other incentives for products manufactured using processes that minimize GHG emissions.

Roger Waldron

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