Purchasing and using environmentally friendly products and services is an important sustainable operating practice that can also indirectly and directly reduce energy consumption. Environmentall Preferred Purchasing (EPP) is the purchasing of products or services that have a reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared to competing products or services that serve the same purpose.
2013 goals for the City are to create specific product, service, or project criteria EPP language that can be linked to the general statement for individual Request for Proposals (RFP) or bid needs and to provide the EPP information on the City’s website for City buyers and vendors to access.
New Language for City of Duluth Request for Proposals and Requests for Bid Documents
The City of Duluth acquires its goods and services in a manner that integrates fiscal responsibility, social equity, women and minority business opportunity, and environmental stewardship. The City promotes and encourages product and service acquisitions compliant to environmentally preferable purchasing. EPP is a way of purchasing that considers both cost and the environmental impacts of a product or service. EPP recognizes that informed purchasing choices are less harmful to our health in many ways, including products that:
EPP is a major area where we can reduce the City’s impact on the environment. EPP means comparing two products or services that serve the same purpose and purchasing the one that is better for the environment. EPP combines low cost, good performance, and reduced environmental impacts. When comparing two products or services that serve the same purpose, the City will purchase the one that is better for the environment when it is provided at a similar cost and performance standard.
Contract Environmental Requirements - The Contractor shall exert its best efforts to provide its services in a manner that will promote the natural environment and protect the health and well-being of City employees and contract service providers. To the extent that the construction, project, or services provided by the Contractor require provision of environmentally preferred products, the Contractor is expected to provide the EPP product unless that type of product is not available competitively within a reasonable time, at a reasonable price, is not life cycle cost efficient in the case of energy consuming products, or does not meet reasonable performance standards. This contract encourages the use of products that have bio based content, are energy efficient, or have recycled content.