"I've checked King County's list of Awarded Contracts, and don't see what I need. Now what?"
No contract? No problem! You can search for sustainable goods & services:
- Sustainable Purchasing Guide - King County
- Sustainable Facilities Tool (SF Tool) - Federal Government
- Green Procurement Compilation - Federal Government
- Small Contractors & Suppliers (SCS) - King County
- "What do I do with...?" Tool - King County - for recycling and waste management
- GreenTools - King County - for green building
- Sustainable Infrastructure Scorecard - King County - for green building
- Recycled Content (ReCon) Tool - U.S. EPA
EnviroStars - This is a free, one-stop hub for Washington businesses to get information, help, and recognition for actions that protect their workplace, the community, and the planet. Led by a large coalition of cities, counties and utilities, EnviroStars links businesses to local environmental programs and incentives that can help them take green actions and get recognized for it.
Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) -
A public/private partnership and national nonprofit whose mission is to support and recognize purchasing leadership that accelerates the transition to a prosperous and sustainable future.
King County is a founding member.
Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v2.0
Purchasing Category Guidance:
- Chemically Intensive Products
- Construction and Renovation
- Food and Beverages for Food Services
- IT Hardware and Services
- Professional Services
- Transportation and Fuels
- Wood and Agrifiber Products
SPLC Update Newsletter – sign-up
Climate Friendly Purchasing Toolkit - West Coast Climate Forum 's toolkit provides clear guidance, tested strategies, and critical resources for governments at all levels to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through their supply chain.
- Diesel Fuels
- Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
- Professional Services
Purchasing Guides - The Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) produces Purchasing Guides for a range of products and services, including: Bottled Water, Carbon Offsets, Cleaners, Computers, Copy Paper, Fleets, Food Services, Green Power, Light-Duty Tires and Wheel Weights, Lighting, Office Electronics, Paint, and Toner Cartridges.
Environmentally Purchasing Best Practices Manual - Buying Green Guide at Green California, State of California.
National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) - Green Purchasing Guide for its members and others to use in navigating the sea of information surrounding the adoption of a green purchasing program.
Green Procurement Compilation (GPC) tool - This tool enables Federal purchasers (and others) to quickly identify the designated products and associated guidance to facilitate green purchasing decisions. In addition, the tool can also help with verifying sustainable attributes of a product.
Sustainable Facilities Tool (SF Tool) - Powered by Ecomedes, search for products by various environmentally certifications from appliances to furnishings.
Sustainable Procurement Playbook for Cities - The playbook is aimed at sustainability directors and city teams interested in launching or strengthening sustainable purchasing effort. The Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) partnered to develop this guidance document.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
EPA Greener Products Database
EPA's Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasing - 2017
Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines - A list of products that must contain recycled content when purchased by federal agencies and those that use appropriated federal funds
U.S. General Services Administration (GSA):
Green Procurement Compilation
Procura + Sustainable Procurement Campaign - ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
Environmentally Preferable Procurement Network (EPPnet) - Listserv managed by the Northeast Recycling Council