NACo Interns Support County’s Green Purchasing Efforts

July 5, 2012

The term “green” has two meanings for the Fairfax County Department of Purchasing and Supply Management (DPSM) – being environmentally friendly and saving taxpayer money.  To promote and support the county’s green purchasing efforts, DPSM is hosting two interns this summer through a partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo).

The two Fairfax County interns are among 15 deployed by NACo this summer. Christie McCloud, 25, is a graduate student at Old Dominion University, studying sustainable purchasing. Krista Duhaime, 22, is a recent graduate of Keene State College in New Hampshire with a background in sustainable business.

“The county’s green purchasing program is a unique and powerful tool that not only reduces the costs of running the county government, but also reduces our impact on the environment,” explained DPSM Director Cathy Muse. “We are really excited to host the NACo interns. They will be researching green product options and looking at ways to encourage county vendors and the business community to develop greener solutions.”

According to Muse, the most recent green purchasing effort took effect on July 1 when the county switched to remanufactured print cartridges in county government printers.  The switch will reduce a significant amount of waste and is expected the save the county $200,000 annually.  Green purchasing includes products that are recycled, biodegradable, less toxic, locally sourced or energy efficient.

In addition to Fairfax County, other counties participating in the NACo Green Purchasing Intern Program include Caddo Parish, La.; Durham County, N.C.; Franklin County, Ohio; Harford County, Md.; King County, Wash.; Los Alamos County, N.M.; McHenry County, Ill.; Montgomery County, Ohio; Multnomah County, Ore.; Santa Barbara County, Calif.; Skagit County, Wash.  and Ulster County, N.Y.


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