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The goal of environmentally preferable purchasing is to purchase products that are beneficial to human health and the environment. The tools below can help to identify candidate products, programs and policy initiatives toward this objective. If you have questions or comments, contact the Purchasing Department at (206) 468-3240.


Common Materials that can be recycled or must be managed properly
Buying Recycled Paint - Tools and Guidelines
Environmental Benefit Calculators
Guidance Documents
Government Programs
Green Business Certification (REACON) -- Excel Document
Green Business Certification (REACON) -- PDF Document
Green Committee Survey
Green Team San Joaquin
Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN)
Standards and Third Party Certifiers
Stockton Area Water Supplier
Stockton Water-Wise Gardening


Guidance Documents

Hazardous Waste Brochure
Hazardous Waste Disposal Policy
Biobased Federal Procurement - RCRA Sec 9002

Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) A list of products that must contain recycled content when purchased by federal agencies and those that use appropriated federal funds

Environmental Preferable Purchasing Guide - State of Minnesota Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board 

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Tools – Environmental Protection Agency

Environmentally Purchasing Best Practices Manual - Green California, State of California

Federal Executive Order 13423 - Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management (2007) - Expand purchases of environmentally preferable goods and services, including biobased products.

Final Guidance on Environmentally Preferable Purchasing – Environmental Protection Agency 

Green Guides – Environmental Protection Agency

Purchasing Guides - Responsible Purchasing Network