Environmentally Preferable Purchasing or Buying Green

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) is the procurement of goods and services that have a reduced impact on human health and the environment as compared to other goods and services serving the same purpose (Public Contract Code §12400-12404).

In simple terms, EPP means “Buying Green.”

California law directs the Department of General Services (DGS) to provide state agencies with information and assistance regarding EPP. In response, DGS developed a best practices manual - the Buying Green Guide. This guide provides information, tools and tips for buyers and provides insight to suppliers on how the state views “green” products and businesses.

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