Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policy Adopted


Sept. 22, 2009
OPA 173/09

News Highlights  

  • Policy guides staff in purchasing items with less impact on environment.
  • Supports purchase of items with recycled content, “take-back programs."

More Information 

Fairfax County is taking a green approach to purchasing goods and services, known as Environmentally Preferable Purchasing. County Executive Anthony H. Griffin has signed a memorandum directing county departments to consider the environmental impacts of the goods and services they purchase. The policy will guide staff in purchasing items with less impact on the environment.

“We look forward to assisting departments in finding appropriate goods and services that truly benefit the environment,” explains Cathy Muse, director of the Department of Purchasing and Supply Management. (DPSM) “We want to provide information and resources to county employees to help them purchase quality products and services that reduce or eliminate unnecessary environmental impacts.”

The policy provides for:

  • Access to Web-based tools that allow purchasers to find appropriate green goods and services.
  • Support for the purchase of items with recycled content and those with “take-back programs.”
  • Contract purchasing specifications that take into account environmental considerations. 

The policy also promotes waste reduction through the DPSM’s new online auction program to sell surplus items no longer used by the county. This program generates revenue while reducing waste as items will be reused by new owners, rather than sent for disposal.

This policy was initiated by the Fairfax DPSM and an interagency team including:

  • Fairfax County Public Schools.
  • Department of Public Works and Environmental Services.
  • Department of Housing and Community Development.
  • Fairfax County Park Authority. 

The Department of Purchasing and Supply Management will be the lead agency assisting purchasing decision makers to select products that offer the best value with the least environmental impact. 

For more information about the policy or the online auction program, contact Patti Innocenti at 703-324-2261 or Chris McGough at 703-324-3288, TTY 800-828-1140, in the Department of Purchasing and Supply Management.

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