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1 Florida Department of Management Services Division of State Purchasing presents Green Initiatives August 27, 2008

2 Agenda Introduction What does “Green Purchasing” mean? What are Florida’s green purchasing requirements? Tools for your green toolbox There are many ways to “go green” Questions & contact information

3 Introduction Ellen Potts –Bureau Chief, State Purchasing Donna Smith –Purchasing Analyst, Team Lead of our Special Projects Team Trey Collins –Purchasing Specialist on our Special Projects Team, and administrator of the Florida Climate Friendly Preferred Products List

4 What does “Green Purchasing” mean? A common sense approach to procuring products and services with a minimal adverse impact on the environment and human health.

5 What are Florida’s green purchasing requirements? Background: Florida Statutes have historically included goals for buying recycled content products. Florida Statutes (2)(a) The department and each agency shall review and revise its procurement procedures and specifications for the purchase of products and materials to ensure to the maximum extent feasible that each agency uses state contracts to purchase products or materials that may be recycled or reused when these products or materials are discarded.

6 What are Florida’s green purchasing requirements? Recent Legislative activity: Executive Order , effective July 1, 2007, established new “green purchasing” expectations for state agencies. Specific categories included fuel, vehicles, and meeting & conference space.

7 What are Florida’s green purchasing requirements? Recent Legislative activity: HB 7135 created Florida Statute for Climate-Friendly Public Business. Effective July 1, 2008, this statute implements goals and instructions set forth in Executive Order It also establishes the requirement for the Florida Climate-Friendly Preferred Products List.

8 Tools for your Green Toolbox State Term Contracts Florida’s Climate-Friendly Preferred Products List Internet Resources NIGP & NASPO

9 Tools for your Green Toolbox State Term Contracts Many state term contracts include Climate-Friendly products: Office Paper Air Conditioners FurnitureIce Machines CarpetOffice Supplies IT HardwareRental Cars A/V EquipmentLaw Enforcement Equipment Today, we would like to spotlight the state term contract for Carpet and Installed Flooring.

10 Tools for your Green Toolbox Did you know…? Carpet takes more than 50 years to begin decomposition in a landfill.* Carpet accounts for 2-3% of all landfill volume.* Some states no longer allow carpet in their landfills, resulting in their carpet refuse to be shipped to other state’s landfills. *Source: Carpet Reclamation: Closing the Loop, Building Interiors Magazine, Jan. 2008

11 Tools for your Green Toolbox The environmental benefits of the state term contract include: Each manufacturer supplies an Environmental Statement on their web site. This statement outlines their company’s environmental programs and commitments, allowing you to choose an environmental partner, not just a supplier. The contract encourages that all old carpet be reclaimed by the contractor, and that the old carpet be diverted from landfills. Several contractors offer “cradle to cradle” products. These products are 100% recyclable. Climate-friendly products are identified in MyFloridaMarketPlace and in the Florida Climate-Friendly Preferred Products List.

12 Tools for your Green Toolbox A number of our carpet contractors will be represented at Thursday’s vendor tradeshow – stop by their booths for more information on their environmentally friendly products and programs. –The Mohawk Group –J & J / Invision –Mannington Commercial –Several servicing dealers that represent multiple contractors

13 Tools for your Green Toolbox Florida Climate-Friendly Preferred Products List Available on the DMS State Purchasing web site: ons/state_purchasing

14 Tools for your Green Toolbox Internet Resources These sites give information about existing policies, policy development, definitions, points of caution, and calculation tools. There are more resources listed later in the presentation.

15 Tools for your Green Toolbox NIGP and NASPO Both of these national organizations are in the process of developing organizational policies and green purchasing guidelines. Expect to see these policies in the next 3-6 months.

16 There are many ways to “Go Green”… How do we get started? Buy local reduce fuel use Buy recyclable reduce landfill Buy renewable reduce deforestation Buy recycled reduce energy and water use

17 There are many ways to “Go Green”… Beware of Green-Washing! False or vague claims Request verification of “self certification” programs Beware of certifications funded solely by suppliers Check out the Green Washing Index –www.greenwashingindex.comwww.greenwashingindex.com Or the National Advertising Division (NAD) of Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB) –www.nadreview.org/www.nadreview.org/

18 There are many ways to “Go Green”… Recycling…did you know? One recycled aluminum can saves enough energy to power a television or computer for 3 hours or a 100-watt light bulb for 20 hours. Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for 4 hours. Recycling a one-gallon plastic milk jug will save enough energy to keep a 100-watt bulb burning for 11 hours. Recycling a one-foot high stack of newspapers saves enough electricity to heat a home for 17 hours.

19 There are many ways to “Go Green”… Cellular Phone Recycle and Reuse Cellular phone use is on the rise. Currently, close to half of the U.S. population uses cellular phones. Since these devices often contain lead and mercury, it is important to properly dispose of them. There are resources available to help people recycle or donate them to worthwhile causes. For example, the “CALL TO PROTECT” campaign collects cellular phones to benefit survivors of domestic violence. For more information on cellular phone donation and recycling, visit Earth911.CALL TO PROTECTEarth911

20 There are many ways to “Go Green”… Donate or Sell Your Old Electronics Electronics are one of the fastest growing portions of America's trash. Donating or selling your old electronics is not only smart, but also good for the environment. Donate your old computer to a school. Many schools are in need of computers and will be able to make good use of your old machine. Even if the computer isn't working, schools can often get the machine refurbished by in-house technicians. No matter how old, video games and video game equipment can be sold to many electronics dealers. Another option is to donate old video games to youth charities. Before throwing away an old cell phone, call your local county or city services to see if they accept donations, or if they recycle cell phones. Check out the new state term contract for Recycling Services for End of Life Electronics…

21 There are many ways to “Go Green”… Household Hazardous Waste Americans generate 1.6 million tons of household hazardous waste per year. The average home can accumulate as much as 100 pounds of household hazardous waste in the basement or garage and in storage closets. When improperly disposed of, household hazardous waste can create a potential risk to people and the environment. For steps on how to properly dispose of household hazardous waste, visit DEP’s Division of Waste Management.Division of Waste Management

22 There are many ways to “Go Green”… Lighten Up! Installing compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs in place of standard incandescent bulbs can save you as much as $40 a year in energy costs by changing out just one 60-watt incandescent with a 14-watt fluorescent lamp. CFL bulbs will also last up to 13 times longer. If you need more light, a long-lasting 27-watt CFL provides as much light as a 100-watt standard incandescent, at about one-fourth the operating cost and one-fourth the heat output. Unlike a few years ago, you can now find CFL bulbs in many different shapes and wattage.

23 There are many ways to “Go Green”… Print Smarter The average U.S. office worker goes through 10,000 sheets of copy paper a year. Make it a habit to print on both sides or use the back side of old documents for faxes, scrap paper, or drafts. Avoid color printing and print in draft mode whenever feasible. Make it a policy to buy chlorine-free paper with a higher percentage of post- consumer recycled content. Also consider switching to a lighter stock of paper or alternatives made from bamboo, hemp, organic cotton, or kenaf (hibiscus).

24 There are many ways to “Go Green”… Recycle Toner and Ink Recycle toner and ink cartridges and buy remanufactured ones. According to Office Depot, each remanufactured toner cartridge "keeps approximately 2.5 pounds of metal and plastic out of landfills...and conserves about a half gallon of oil." Check out the recycled toner cartridges on the state term contract for Office Supplies.

25 There are many ways to “Go Green”… Turn Off Your Screen Saver Did you know the EPA has estimated that using a computer's "sleep mode" reduces its energy consumption by 60 to 70 percent and, on a large scale, ultimately could save enough electricity each year to power Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, cut electric bills by $2 billion and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by the equivalent of five million cars? A screen saver that displays moving images causes your monitor to consume as much electricity as it does in active use. A blank screen saver is only slightly better but that reduces energy consumption by a small amount. The best screen saver is also the best energy saver: turn off your monitor when you're not using it. The next best idea is to use your computer's power management feature to automatically shut the monitor down when it is not in use. Turning off your computer will decrease the amount of energy it uses, reduces its mechanical stress, prolong its life.

26 There are many ways to “Go Green”… Paper Waste Did you know that every year enough paper is thrown away to make a 12 foot wall from New York to California? Recycling of each ton of paper saves 17 trees and 7000 gallons of water. Recycled paper also saves 60 percent energy in comparison to new paper and generates 95 percent less air pollution. Since one- fifth of all wood harvested in the world ends up in paper it just makes sense to recycle and conserve this valuable resource. Check out the recycled paper products on the state term contract for Office Paper.

27 There are many ways to “Go Green”… Go Paperless! Did you know that every year enough paper is thrown away to make a 12 foot wall from New York to California? Recycling of each ton of paper saves 17 trees and 7000 gallons of water. Recycled paper also saves 60 percent energy in comparison to new paper and generates 95 percent less air pollution. Since one- fifth of all wood harvested in the world ends up in paper it just makes sense to recycle and conserve this valuable resource.

28 There are many ways to “Go Green”… Make a Personal Green Resolution DEP is encouraging Floridians to make a “green” resolution. "Even small things like changing one incandescent light bulb to an ENERGY STAR® qualified bulb can have a big impact,” said DEP Secretary Sole. “For example, if all the households in Florida changed just one light bulb to a compact fluorescent bulb, the combined effort would save enough energy to light all the households in Tallahassee for more than two and a half years.” For more information on Green Tips please visit

29 Questions? We hope we’ve given you some helpful information today. The Green Team will continue to monitor green activities and will provide updates on our web site. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or suggestions! This presentation will be posted on the State Purchasing web site. Thank you for your time today!

30 Contact the Green Team Donna Smith, Team Lead Charles Day, Purchasing Analyst Trey Collins, Purchasing Specialist


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