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    Hi all. This Federal Energy Management Program-hosted webinar is free and open both to federal employees and contractors.
     
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    With GSA including environmental considerations in more contract solicitations every year, we’re sharing new training to help vendors reduce energy costs, protect the environment, and increase their competitiveness in winning GSA contracts. The training focuses on easy steps vendors can take to reduce their energy costs and associated greenhouse gas pollution, which causes global warming. GSA recognizes our obligation to safeguard America’s future by purchasing products and services that minimize our impact on the environment.
     
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    For GSA staff and others -- you can now take the Green Purchasing Training course through the On-Line University.  It is essentially the same course posted on the Center for Acquisition Excellence web site.  Posting it on OLU makes it easier for us to track who has taken the training. For the future, my division is considering developing a refresher course, a course on how to green an acquisition, and courses on sustainability and greenhouse gases.  What would be useful to you?
     
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    gterlaak
    Any chance contractors could sit in or audit these training sessions?
    Jeff Manthos
    Dana, any possibility that training will be developed for procuring services in a sustainable or "green" manner?  
    scollins@wholeb...
    Just got this email but the date for the training and the comments say 2011.  
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    What makes a purchase "sustainable"? In the Federal Acquisition Service, we have been piloting the introduction of sustainability considerations into our procurements, particularly into the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative solutions. In addition to green product requirements, we've been looking at distribution networks, product takeback, and packaging reduction.
     
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    BornsteinSong
    Having seen the destruction of small businesses in the OS2 whereby the FSSI BPAs were awarded to only 15 vendors, 13 of which were classified as small businesses, I have devoted my research to evaluating the impact of the FSSI on the remaining 550+ non-...Read More
    JPSYSTEMS
    Let us start with the Wikipedia definition of sustainable purchasing here at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_procurement:"Organizations practicing sustainable procurement meet their needs for goods, services, utilities and works not on a...Read More
    JPSYSTEMS
    A few more thoughts:"Adopting a sustainable purchasing policy can help your organization:Reduce purchasing and transportation costsCreate and promote a green imageReduce generic waste and hazardous wasteForge relationships with other local...Read More
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    From time to time, we receive inquiries about green purchasing training for contractors. Most of the training courses are designed for the federal contracting and program management community. However, as part of the Multiple Award Schedule series of webinars, GSA is offering training for contractors. Please monitor the announcements about the MAS webinars. Dana Arnold FAS Sustainability Lead
     
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    Ruth Starr
    GSA needs to reach out to the IT community to find innovative ways to add green IT products to increase use of green IT products.
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    Attention industry partners selling energy-efficient products!
     
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    Jeff Manthos
    GSA is updating the environmental icons used on GSAAdvantage! and Global Supply to align with the new sustainable purchasing requirements of Executive Order 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, issued in 2015. GSA intends to make the following revisions to the icons and wants your input!The following icons are being added to GSAAdvantage! and Global Supply platforms:
     
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      What are your suggestions to make the GSA Sustainability Forum more effective and user friendly? 
     
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    Deshawn Nunez
    I assume in the 21st century people are wanting to interact with government just like how they interact ona daily (online and on the go) accessible. Fearly easy to comprehend. SOmething that catches their attention. We should leverage a startup of...Read More
    cakvistad
    The blog itself should be easier to access and more noticiable on the GSA homepage. The banne image on the blog could possibly be changed to something more eye catching, and perhaps simplistic. The page could be cleaned up (so to speak) by minimizing the...Read More
    GSAMaven
    More eye appealing logo, provide a link to frequently asked questions, as well as visibly provide an area where the audience can interact e.g. updates, audience comments, etc
    Rebe Stein
    The government is doing a good job with the blog itelf, but they should make it more popular in social media, because this is a really good way for the US citizens or anyone that wants to comment their opinion and interact with the government  about...Read More
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      What is “green washing” and how can consumers know for sure that the products they buy and consume are really sustainable?  
     
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    Rebe Stein
    Greenwashing is the term used to describe when a company tries to promote a product as environmentally friendly, but the consumer can’t know for sure if the product they are buying is really sustainable. Most of the companies which this term can be...Read More
    PYoo
    "Greenwashing" is defined by the act of companies publicizing their practices or products as environmentally friendly. As the term greenwashing dervies from the term "whitewashing", it also carries negative connotation that is...Read More
    darnold (not verified)
    Greenwashing also occurs when a company focuses on one or two aspects of a product or the manufacturing process but other aspects of the product or the manufacturing process can still be harmful to human health or the environment.
    cakvistad
    Greenwashing is best described as disinformation disseminated by organizations to present an environmentally responsible public image. 
    Peter Cholakis
    Discussion and understanding of  “greenwashing”, just like “bimwashing”, is a complex undertaking. Let’s start with “greenwashing”.Do most organizations, at a fundamental level, engage in greenwashing?...Read More
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    Professor Cherivtch
    How can the government benefit from the public sector's efforts to go green? 
     
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    PYoo
    The government can set up "green" projects that many people can take part in. With people coming together for a specific purpose it is possible that they will be opened up to other goals, methods of living, and ways of thinking. Many citizens...Read More
    Deshawn Nunez
    The government can benefit because money can be saved and also reducing costs and improving occupant comfort and productivity can be and will be beneficial
    evywilder
    The government can benefit from the public sector's efforts to go green by many things. These things include a upsurge in public transit riders who are concerned with the pollution of cars, an increase in ride sharing to decrease the amount of...Read More
    darnold (not verified)
    The federal government has been benefitting in many ways, ranging from reduced operating expenses when we use energy efficient and water efficient products, reduced fuel costs when we use alternative fuel vehicles, and reduced waste disposal costs.
    darnold (not verified)
    More on my posting -- Federal agencies have also found products that are safer for our employees and the surrounding communities. On a more national scale, our purchase and use of green products has helped to create and sustain markets for recyclable...Read More

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