Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

Environmentally preferable purchasing, or EPP, refers to buying products and services with reduced effects on human health and the environment.

EPP Rapid Research Service

Many cities, counties, states and the federal government are in the process of developing their internal procedures to incorporate EPP criteria into their purchasing decisions. This research takes staff time. PPRC is pleased to be able to assist with the process by bringing EPP Rapid Research Service to Northwest governments.

EPP General Report

This report includes an overview of the topic, reasons for and benefits of "green purchasing", as well as numerous links to additional information and online resources for environmental purchasing.

EPP Programs and Strategies Report

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Programs and Strategies: Integrating Environmental and Social Factors into Procurement Practices.
October 2003. 98 pages
[PDF, 601 kb] [Word, 810 kb]

This report highlights the variety of approaches organizations are using to incorporate environmental and social factors into procurement activities. Based on interviews with representatives from 18 public and private sector organizations, the report describes:

Synopses of the participating organizations’ EPP strategies or programs are included in an appendix to the report.