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Green purchasing guides and tips

Conservatree

www.conservatree.org/paper/PaperTypes/PaperTypes.shtml external link

US EPA, Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines of the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive:

http://ofee.gov external link

Farm to School

http://www.farmtoschool.org/ external link

New American Dream: Green Your School guide

www.newdream.org/work/school.php external link

State of Minnesota guide: "Buy Recycled: Seven Ways Your School Can Help Save the Environment and Save Money at the Same Time"

https://www.pca.state.mn.us/sites/default/files/recyclingguide-schools.pdf external link Download PDF

Green products

Green Seal

www.greenseal.org/ external link

Terrachoice

www.terrachoice.com/ external link

King County Green School Program resources

Beverage vendor requirements (Microsoft Word document, 45 k)

Provides a list of requirements for school district beverage vendors

Polystyrene facts and alternatives to polystyrene lunch trays Download PDF , 48 K)

Summarizes current polystyrene research and lists durable and compostable lunch trays

Recycled paper options (Microsoft Word document, 80 k)

Lists recycled paper types and brands, and compare recycled and virgin paper prices

Printer cartridge recycling (Microsoft Word document, 54 k)

List of local companies that refill printer cartridges

Refillable white board markers Download PDF , 6 K)

AUSI-Pen brochure on refillable markers. This Australian product is sold by KCDA, a local purchasing cooperative used by King County school districts

Sample environmental purchasing policy (Microsoft Word document, 63 k)

Environmental purchasing policy from The Evergreen School, a private school in Shoreline, Washington and a Green Schools Program participant

School supply purchasing letter for parents (Microsoft Word document, 31 k)

Letter to parents at The Evergreen School, a private school in Shoreline, Washington and a Green Schools Program participant

King County procurement contracts

King County procurement contracts (Microsoft Word document, 43 k)

King County school districts may use contracts negotiated by King County and Washington State for recycled content products, refurbished furniture, and other environmentally-friendly products

King County Environmental Purchasing Program

www.kingcounty.gov/operations/procurement/Services/Environmental_Purchasing.aspx

On-line calculators and other resources

Environmental Defense Fund: Paper Choices Calculator

www.edf.org/papercalculator/ external link

US EPA: Recycled Content (ReCon) Tool

https://www3.epa.gov/warm/ReCon_home.html external link

The Center for Clean Products and Clean Technologies: Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator

eerc.ra.utk.edu/ccpct/eebc/eebc.html (external)

Bon Appétit Management Company: Low Carbon Diet Calculator

www.eatlowcarbon.org/ external link

World Watch Institute

http://www.worldwatch.org/taxonomy/term/44 external link
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