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Going Green in Gov't Procurement is Getting Serious!

Hey Green Group:

Go to the documents section to see the Federal Register Notice issued on May 31 entitled "Federal Acquisition Regulation; Sustainable Acquisition". 

This proposed rule would require agencies "to leverage agency acquisitions to foster markets for sustainable technologies, materials, products and services."

It tasks the head of each agency with ensuring that 95 percent of new contract actions are for products and services that are energy efficient, water efficient, bio-based, environmentally preferable or non-ozone depleting, adhering to criteria set out by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Agriculture Department. With the exception of weapons systems, agencies also must aim to procure items that contain recycled content and are nontoxic.

As the Government Executive Magazine points out in today's issue - The Obama administration's campaign to have agencies "lead by example" in sustainable purchasing just got stricter! 

Share your comments and views.  Tell us what we need to be doing at GSA to make this easier for our customers. 

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Geri Haworth
<p>Mary:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div>We have both Non-Marine and Marine Sorbents on Multiple Award Schedule 73 - Sch. 73:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><font size="2"><a href="http://www.gsaelibrary.gsa.gov/ElibMain/sinDetails.do?scheduleNumber=73&amp;specialItemNumber=375+351&amp;executeQuery=YES" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 204); " target="_blank">375 351</a></font>&nbsp;<font size="2"><b>Sorbents</b></font><font size="2">&nbsp;- Non-Marine Usage Type I for Non-hazardous &amp; Non-toxic Organic Spill</font><br /><font size="2"><a href="http://www.gsaelibrary.gsa.gov/ElibMain/sinDetails.do?scheduleNumber=73&amp;specialItemNumber=375+352&amp;executeQuery=YES" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 204); " target="_blank">375 352</a></font>&nbsp;<font size="2"><b>Sorbents</b></font><font size="2">&nbsp;- Non-Marine Usage Type II for Hazardous and Toxic Organic Spills</font><br /><font size="2"><a href="http://www.gsaelibrary.gsa.gov/ElibMain/sinDetails.do?scheduleNumber=73&amp;specialItemNumber=375+353&amp;executeQuery=YES" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 204); " target="_blank">375 353</a></font>&nbsp;<font size="2"><b>Sorbents</b></font><font size="2">&nbsp;- Marine Usage, Type III Non-water soluble</font></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Please contact&nbsp;our Sch 73, POC - Haley Naegele&nbsp;<a href="tel:%28817-850-8444" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 204); " target="_blank" value="+18178508444">(817-850-8444</a>) and she can answer your questions.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Geri</div>
mary.meyer@mgms...
<p>Good morning,</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Does anyone know who we would work through at&nbsp;GSA for a Green alternative for oil spills?&nbsp; We are WBENC and Green certified. Our web site is <a href="http://www.mgmstrategies.com">www.mgmstrategies.com</a> and go to the bottom right tab stating Enviromental Solutions or go to www.enviroglobalsolutions.com</p><p>In regard to EPA we are considered a sorbent and we are not required to be listed on the NCP product schedule.&nbsp; We are certified as 300.915(g)(4) and the product&nbsp;does not contain hazardous chemicals based on OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1200.</p><p>EGS&rsquo;s MOP products are absorbent products that work effectively on both land and water by employing its patented unique encapsulation absorption properties to augment wicking of all hydrocarbons.</p><p>One 20 pound Bag of EGS&rsquo;s MOP absorbents will absorb up to 600 pounds of oil or 75 gallons.</p><p>EGS&rsquo;S MOP 301 offers petroleum-digesting microbes within its cellulose structure work to bioremediate all petroleum-based products. MOP has been successfully used in projects absorbing oil from water and land.</p><p><span style="color: #008080"><strong>Bioremidation&nbsp;</strong></span>- &nbsp;the process whereby microbes&nbsp;break down contaminants into less toxic forms. The microbes found in MOP provide degradation of hydrocarbons into water, carbon dioxide and an assortment of salts.</p><p>&nbsp;A company dedicated to environmentally sound solutions to oil spill clean up on land, sea, and fresh water. MGM Strategies and&nbsp;Enviro Global Solution&rsquo;s research and development department through our scientific teams of biologist, engineers, physicists is diligently working on improved methods of oil spill clean up and recovery.<span style="display: none">&nbsp;</span></p><p>I want to thank all of you for your support.</p><p>Mary</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
Geri Haworth
<p>Mary: &nbsp;I will do some checking and let you know very soon. &nbsp;Geri</p>
darnold
<p>I should have posted this update weeks ago.&nbsp; There has been some confusion about the language in the May 31st FAR interim rule about the applicability of the green purchasing requirements to services contracts.&nbsp; It applies to &quot;applicable&quot; service contracts, which are contracts under which there is an expectation that products will be supplied or used.&nbsp; Therefore, the contract should specify that those products that have been designated by EPA, DOE, or USDA are green products.&nbsp; The Office of Management and Budget provided the Federal agencies with the following list of 10 such services contracts; note that most of these are related to building construction, renovation, operations, and maintenance:</p><ul><li>Building construction, renovation, or repair</li><li>Building operations and maintenance</li><li>Building interiors</li><li>Landscaping services</li><li>Pest management</li><li>Electronic equipment, including leasing</li><li>Fleet maintenance</li><li>Janitorial services</li><li>Laundry services</li><li>Cafeteria operations</li><li>Meetings and conference services</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p>
Geri Haworth
<p>Thanks Conestoga for posting. &nbsp;This is an excellent example, and I really enjoyed learning more from your website. &nbsp;I have one small suggestion, and that&#39;s to include your GSA Contract # somewhere visible on your site.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
Conestoga Log C...
<p>Although it may be challenging keeping a company green, it&#39;s always rewarding.&nbsp; Conestoga Log Cabins, a log cabin kit manufacturer, wants to do our part to conserve the earth&#39;s resources.&nbsp; Knowledge and technology play a big part in that.&nbsp; We research and study eco friendly approaches to manufacturing our log cabin kits.&nbsp; The wood utilized in Conestoga&#39;s Everlast Logs is harvested using sustainable forestry management techniques.&nbsp;</p><p>We use new technology that improves efficiency resulting in reduced waste.&nbsp; For example our &quot;notcher&quot; machine reads the specifications for each log of a cabin kit and cuts it precisely to minimize waste.</p><p>Check out the Green section of our website <a href="http://www.conestogalogcabins.com/green.html"><u>http://www.conestogalogcabins.com/green.html</u></a> to learn more about our Green approaches.</p>
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