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    Anonymous (not verified)
    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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    Professor Cherivtch
      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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    Professor Cherivtch
      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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    Professor Cherivtch
     What sustainability topics/issues are you most unclear about and would like more information/education on so you can become a more responsible steward of our planet’s resources?
     
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    jaremis
    Sustainability in Manufacturing... With so many products produced primarily overseas and in third world countries, I am concerned about the materials and processes involved in making the "green" and sustainable products we find on store shelves...Read More
    Rebe Stein
    We are concerned about the recycling process, We all know what recycle means, but there are different points that we still don't understand. First, with who do we need to talk to start a recycling program in our communities, other than separating the...Read More
    PYoo
       For someone who is new to the "green movement" I think what needs to be made more clear is "What the actual issues are". From my perspective, the green movement isn't one to be taken lightly, but isn't necessarily...Read More
    Deshawn Nunez
    I believe GSA should innovate or promote more easy ways of green initiative. How about starting at grade schools and make it a project for the students and give off a pizza party or what not for their help. Then take it to High Schools and then Colleges...Read More
    darnold (not verified)
    Hi Deshawn. Keep America Beautiful, among others, has been doing what you suggested in schools for many years.  Please contact your local KAB affiliate to see what programs they have in your area and how you can help.
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    Courtney.Ward
    What does "going green" mean to you and how can the government help create true awareness about the concept rather than generate superficial buzz around the term itself?
     
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    TerriMason-MAF
    Being less dependent on paper products.  We have the ability to create digital copies in various programs, and yet we continue to print out originals to which we make copies so we can file them for a designated amount of time, only to shred them...Read More
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    Katie Miller
    Do you have ideas on how to support federal climate change adaptation activities? GSA wants to hear from you.  GSA issued a Request for Information (RFI) to evaluate the emerging marketplace for services to support federal climate change adaptation activities. This RFI will help GSA gather information to determine what actions are needed to ensure climate change adaptation services are readily available for its customers.  
     
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    jeremy.riv
    Flawless Freight Brokerage would love to be a leader in clean energy by reducing the worlds largest driver of climate change Carbon Pollution.  We know sustainability of our green house gases is a great task we must tackle for our children. ...Read More
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    VincentUrso
      I have heard from several clients that schedule 75 is opening up Oct 1, 2012.. Can someone please confirm, GSA said for 2 years 2010? Thanks 
     
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    jladick
    http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/101378They froze it October 2010 and said it will re-open in 24 months. With the Demand Based Model coming and some potential freezing of more Schedules, I would expect the GSA to potentially postpone the re-opening. We...Read More
    JLEE
    GSA is still evaluating Schedule 75 to determine if it is in the best interest of the Government to either re-open or maintain the current status.  A final decision will be published in FED BizOps within the next two weeks.
    JLEE
    After review and careful consideration, it has been determined Schedule 75 will remain closed to new offers for an additional 12 months. The Schedule will re-open effective October 1, 2013 and new offers will be accepted at that time. 
  • smckenney's picture
    smckenney
    I'd like to see a software tool or other iterative decision making tool to walk a CO through - "I have xyz requirement, whatsustainability issues should be considered, what green elements or standards should be in the SOW/specifications and which contract clause are to be included.  Or is there one out there in the universe of green information? 
     
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    Servicebrands
    Our company has recently completed 5 projects for DOD through the DLA Disposition Services.   We have repurposed over 3500 office furniture workstations into the commercial used furniture market.  This resulted in reducing landfill volume by over 10,000 cubic yards.  In addition we saved the agencies well over $3 mil in disposition expenses.   Our process is about as green as it gets, and is an absolute win-win for the agency and the environment.  Is anyone aware of other similar initiatives like this underway in non DOD agencies?      
     
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