Existing buildings are a major contributor to Americans’ environmental impact. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in addition to producing 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, existing commercial buildings in the public and private sector:
Consume almost 40 percent of all electricity.
Use at least 850 million gallons of water a day.
Can harbor dangerous chemicals that contribute to poor indoor-air quality.
However, with procurement choices and smart operations, building owners and occupants can dramatically improve their environmental footprint.
Are you interested in upgrading the energy and environmental performance of your buildings?
Join the Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) for our upcoming webinar about how procurement decisions can green your buildings’ operations and can even earn LEED credits.
We will review green alternatives for commonly used building maintenance products such as paint, janitorial supplies, and lighting fixtures and lamps. We will focus on how greener choices within these product categories can help increase energy efficiency, reduce waste, improve indoor air quality, and in many cases, produce cost savings!
The webinar will cover:
An introduction to green purchasing
A review of the environmental impacts of products commonly purchased for the maintenance of existing buildings
An overview of how to identify greener alternatives for paint, janitorial products, lighting, and other product categories
“Green-washing” and how to avoid misleading product claims
The third-party standards and “eco-labels” that exist to help purchasers make greener choices
How to incorporate environmental criteria into bid specifications and RFPs
The webinar will feature:
Alicia Culver, Director, Responsible Purchasing Network
Additional speakers TBD
This webinar is offered as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Pollution Prevention Program Offices' Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program.
RPN may be able to provide additional technical assistance to webinar participants in the Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest (EPA Regions 1, 4, and 7) who are working on results-oriented green purchasing projects for existing buildings. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or be sure to attend the webinar for more information.