For agencies that need a little guidance on how to buy green, there is some help.
A website called the Green Procurement Compilation allows federal procurement staffs to easily search for green products and find information on what mandates and categories those products fulfill and how to purchase them.
Created by the General Services Administration last fall, the website — http://sftool.gov/Green Procurement — began as a searchable portal for green products, such as appliances or construction materials. It is now being expanded to include sustainable services, such as fleet maintenance or janitorial services.
Dana Arnold, the director of program analysis at the Federal Acquisition Service, said the agency aims to make the Green Procurement Compilation a one-stop shop for green procurement and information.
“We hold user focus groups and get a lot of ideas from our customers about what they would like to see,” Arnold said.
An improved search function, the ability to download product spreadsheets, and the ability to add new categories of products, such as the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program, are some of the upgrades GSA has installed in the last few months.
Arnold said GSA plans more features as it gathers feedback from customer agencies.
“The ultimate goal is to make it easier for the agencies to know what the required products are for green purchasing,” Arnold said.