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Green Procurement
Examples of this pattern in action:

US EPA's Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines
The Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG) a key component of the government's "buy-recycled" program. Today, more and more products are made from recycled materials from the carpeting and insulation used in office buildings, to the reams of office paper purchased each day. Buying recycled helps "close the recycling loop" by putting the materials we collect through recycling programs back to good use as products in the marketplace.

Why green buying? Because purchasing is a critical leverage point that creates markets for products that prevent pollution, are resource-efficient, and reduce pressure on natural resources all key components of sustainability. What's in it for buyers? In business, green buying can be an element of strategies for reducing costs, enhancing value and winning competitive advantage. In the public sector, green buying is an opportunity to increase demand for sustainable products and to "walk the talk." …

RecycleStore.com, an on-line marketing collaborative of Rural California Recycled Content Product (RCP) Manufacturers, is an applied business development project for students at Shasta - Tehama - Trinity Joint Community College District located in Redding, California.

The King County Environmental Purchasing Program helps County agencies find information about environmentally preferable products and processes that meet performance requirements and are economical. Preferable products include those that have recycled content, reduce waste, use less energy, are less toxic, and are more durable…

Organizations whose work incorporate this pattern:

Value-Created Review

Environmental Building Supply

Environmental Home Center


Co-Op America. National Green Pages (Annual). Co-Op America. Washington, DC.

Environmental Accounting Project. The Lean and Clean Supply Chain: A Practical Guide for Materials Managers and Supply Chain Managers to Reduce Costs and Improve Environmental Performa. US EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics. Washington, DC. 2000.

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Pattern Index

A Conservation Economy

Social Capital

Fundamental Needs

Subsistence Rights

Shelter For All


Access To Knowledge


Social Equity


Cultural Diversity

Cultural Preservation

Sense Of Place

Beauty And Play

Just Transitions

Civic Society

Natural Capital

Ecological Land-Use

Connected Wildlands

Core Reserves

Wildlife Corridors

Buffer Zones

Productive Rural Areas

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Forestry

Sustainable Fisheries


Compact Towns And Cities

Human-Scale Neighborhoods

Green Building

Transit Access

Ecological Infrastructure

Urban Growth Boundaries

Ecosystem Services

Watershed Services

Soil Services

Climate Services


Economic Capital

Household Economies

Green Business

Long-Term Profitability

Community Benefit

Green Procurement

Renewable Energy

Sustainable Materials Cycles

Resource Efficiency

Waste As Resource

Product As Service

Local Economies

Value-Added Production

Rural-Urban Linkages

Local Assets

Bioregional Economies

Fair Trade

True Cost Pricing

Product Labeling