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Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP)

EPP Task Force and PES Workgroup

The Secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency in consultation with the California Environmental Protection Agency established the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Task Force to develop a strategy to achieve the goals found in Chapter 575, Statutes of 2002 (AB 498, Chan).

Environmentally preferable purchasing saves energy, water, and material resources; improves environmental quality; and reduces long-term operating and maintenance costs.

EPP Task Force (2002-2009)
In 2002, the State and Consumer Services Agency established an EPP Task Force comprised of representatives from various State agencies with specific fiscal, procurement, and environmental policy expertise. It's charter describes its purpose and main activities. Key activities focused on education and the creation of an environmentally preferable purchasing best practices manual for State purchasing employees. The EPP Task Force met from 2002 to 2009.

Launch of Performance and Environmental Standards (PES) Workgroup (2013)
In February 2013, Department of General Services, Procurement Division announced that it launched its Performance and Environmental Standards (PES) Workgroup comprised of state engineers, environmental specialists and procurement professionals. The purpose of the PES Workgroup is to assist Purchasing Contract Officers in meeting their delegated purchasing authority responsibilities and in achieving best value procurements through a sound technical and environmental foundation. The PES Workgroup develops and vets state purchasing standard specifications and state purchasing policy; it replaces the EPP Task Force. See the Procurement and Environmental Standards Workgroup (click on appropriate tab) for the PES Workgroup charter, meeting minutes and other information.


Performance and Environmental Standards Workgroup Documents

EPP Task Force Documents (Archives)

Last updated: August 3, 2016
Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP),
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