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GSA is Updating Environmental Icons used on GSAAdvantage! and Global Supply.

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:

  • EPA Safer Choice: Safer Choice helps consumers, businesses, and purchasers find products that perform well and are safer for human health and the environment. This icon can only be selected if the product has been approved by EPA to use the Safer Choice label.
  • EPA Recommended: Per E.O. 13693, EPA has provided federal purchasers with recommendations of specifications, standards and ecolabels to use in identifying and procuring environmentally preferable products and services. This icon will allow the vendor to select one or more of the specifications, standards or ecolabels recommended by EPA. See this EPA website for the list of specifications, standards and ecolabels.

The following icons will no longer be available for MAS Contractors to select but will be retained for Global Supply platforms. The rationale for removing these icons as an option for MAS Contractors is that customers are not required by statute or regulation to purchase compliant products; the icons were originally intended to support Global Supply customers; low customer awareness; only a small number of compliant products on the MAS program; and concern about inaccurate selection of these icons.

All other icons will be retained. Any feedback, suggestions, or recommendations regarding this update is welcome! Please respond by Thursday, March 18, 2016 via e-mail Jeffrey Manthos (jeffrey.manthos@gsa.gov) directly.  


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