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Center for Acquisition Support

Buy Green with GSA MAS Supply and Surplus Property

Jeffrey Manthos and Brennan ConawayProgram Analyst and Contracting OfficerGeneral Services Administration

May 4, 2010

  • Why Buy Green?
    • Mandates
    • Reporting Requirements
  • How GSA Can Help You
    • Buy Green Products
      • Environmental Aisle
      • Global Supply
    • Buy Green Services
the federal footprint
$500 billion on goods and services in FY 2008

645,000 non-tactical vehicles worldwide

Single largest domestic buyer and user of energy

Purchases about $74 billion of IT equipment and services per year.

The Federal Footprint
executive orders
Executive Orders
  • Executive Order 13423
    • Requires acquisition of biobased, environmentally preferable, energy-efficient, water-efficient, and recycled content products
  • Executive Order 13514
    • 95% of new contract actions must be green!
    • Includes task and delivery orders
    • Applies where such products and services meet agency performance requirements
the far

Green purchasing is prevalent throughout the FAR:

Part 4, Administrative Matters

Part 7, Acquisition Planning

Part 8, Required Sources of Supplies and Services

Part 10, Market Research

FAR Part 11, Describing Agency Needs

FAR Part 12, Acquisition of Commercial Items

FAR Part 23, Environment, Energy and Water Efficiency, Renewable Energy Technologies…

reporting requirements
Reporting Requirements

OMB Scorecard Energy, Transportation and Environmental Management

Comprehensive Green Purchasing Plan (GPP)

OFEE/OFPP Data Call and Report

gsa advantage icon changes
GSAAdvantage!® Icon Changes

Align icons with federal definition of green

Executive Order



Match reporting requirements

Use professional standards

Industry consensus

Protect customers from “greenwashing”


Hidden trade-off

No proof




Lesser of two evils

Worshipping false labels

*(from Scot Case of TerraChoice, Global Ecolabeling Network & Canadian Gov EcoLogo Program)

gsa green icons future state
GSA Green Icons – Future State

CPG Compliant

Energy Star




SNAP Approved




Forest Stewardship Council

Green Seal




EPA Primary Metals Free


energy efficient products
Energy-Efficient Products
  • Standards: ENERGY STAR® and Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)
  • Strong purchasing requirement
  • Product Categories:
    • Lighting
    • Commercial and industrial
    • Office equipment
    • Home electronics
    • And more…
electronic product evaluation assessment tool epeat
Electronic Product Evaluation Assessment Tool (EPEAT)
  • EPEAT is a non-profit organization managed by the Green Electronics Council
  • Strong purchasing requirement
  • Product Categories:
    • Desktop computers
    • Notebook computers
    • Monitors
recycled content products
Recycled Content Products
  • Standard: EPA’s Comprehensive Procurement Guideline (CPG)
  • Products Categories:
    • Construction
    • Landscaping
    • Non-Paper office
    • Paper and paper
    • Transportation
    • And more…
water efficient products
Water-Efficient Products
  • Standards: EPA’s WaterSense and FEMP
  • Agencies must reduce water consumption by 2% annually through 2020
  • Product Categories
    • Bathroom sink faucets
    • High-efficiency toilets
    • Pre-rinse spray valves
    • Showerheads
    • Flushing urinals
bio based products
Bio-Based Products
  • Standard: US Department of Agriculture’s BioPreferred program
  • Product Categories
    • Construction & Road Maintenance
    • Furniture
    • Housewares and cleaning
    • Industrial supplies
    • Landscaping and agriculture
    • Office supplies
    • Personal care and toiletries
non ozone depleting and low non toxic
Non-Ozone Depleting and Low/Non-Toxic
  • Non-Ozone Depleting
    • Standard: Significant New Alternative Policy (SNAP) program
    • Substitutes for Ozone Depleting Substances
    • Products: Refrigeration, Aerosols, Adhesives, etc.
  • Low/Non-Toxic
    • Standard: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)
    • Products are free of toxic air pollutants
    • Products: Paints and Coatings
third party standards
Third-Party Standards
  • Green Seal
    • Multiple environmental attributes over product life cycle
    • Construction, household, office, food products…
  • GreenGuard
    • Evaluates product effect on indoor air quality
    • Flooring, furniture, textiles, doors…
  • Forest Stewardship Council
    • Responsible forest management practices
    • Any product containing wood
plastic removal in marine environment prime
Plastic Removal In Marine Environment (PRIME)
  • Navy program to reduce plastic waste
  • Biodegradable packing materials

Plastic waste



other icons
Other Icons
  • Biodegradable
    • Product complies with 40 CFR 796
  • Low VOC
    • Meets California requirements for VOC emissions
  • EPA Primary Metals Free
    • Product is free of cadmium, lead and/or mercury
100 green
Implementing green requirements at Schedule level

Copiers = ENERGY STAR compliant

MAS 36 SIN 51 100

100% Green
  • Printer / Copier Paper = CPG compliant
  • MAS 75 SIN 75 200
gsa advantage environmental aisle
GSAAdvantage!® - Environmental Aisle

Search for green products by environmental attribute(s) and/or keyword


gsa global supply
GSA Global Supply

Select “Green” Items from the main page to see all products

Click “Refine Options” to limit products using criteria


green services
Services directly addressing environmental issues, such as:

Waste management

Metering services

Any service that is performed in an environmentally friendly manner.

Green Services
mas 899 environmental services
MAS 899 Environmental Services
  • Environmental Consulting Services
  • Materials and Waste Recycling and Disposal Services
  • Geological Information Systems Services
  • Remediation and Reclamation Services
  • Website:
energy management services
Energy Management Services
  • Schedule 03FAC Facilities Maintenance and Management
    • Energy Management Planning and Strategies
    • Metering Services
    • Building Commissioning Services
    • Energy Audit Services
    • Water Conservation
  • Schedule 84: Total Solutions for Law Enforcement
comprehensive professional energy services bpas
Comprehensive Professional Energy Services BPAs
  • Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative BPAs
  • Using CPES BPAs, agencies can:
    • Acquire compliant energy services
    • Measurably move to clean energy
    • Support effort to retain and create jobs
  • 19 Contractors
  • Website:
gsa s personal property management
GSA’s Personal Property Management
  • Personal Property Management manages agency excess equipment
  • First source of supply [FAR 8.002]
  • Source reduction
    • Saves natural resources
    • Reduces pollution
    • Reduces costs
  • Website:
how to green a service
How to “Green” a Service
  • EO 13514: 95% of task orders must be green
  • No icons or defined standard for services
  • Services “greened” at the task order level
  • Let’s look at how to “green” conference services using FAR 8.4 procedures and GSA E-Buy
greening the acquisition process
Greening the Acquisition Process

Receive Purchase Request

Create and Post RFQ

Evaluate Quotes


Acquisition Planning

FAR 7 – Acq. planning must consider Federal green requirements

FAR 4 – If paper quotes, use double sided recycled paper

FAR 11 – Include green evaluation factors

FAR 12 – Include green contract clauses for commercial items

useful guidelines
Useful Guidelines
  • Consider EPA’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing guidelines
    • Environment + Price + Performance = EPP
    • Pollution Prevention
    • Life Cycle Perspective/Multiple Attributes
    • Comparison of Environmental Impacts
    • Environmental Performance Information
direct vs indirect example
Direct vs. Indirect Example

How are these services green?

Conference services

Recycling, energy-efficiency, water programs

Linen/towel reuse

Paperless check-in and check-out

Accounting services

Paper? Energy use?

Mostly indirect, internal activities

possible rfq evaluation questions
Possible RFQ Evaluation Questions
  • Recycling, energy and water efficiency programs?
  • Guests have easy access to mass transit?
  • Lights and AC turned off when rooms not in use?
  • Use reusable utensils, napkins, tablecloths?
  • Paperless check-in and check-out?
  • Source food from local growers?
  • Use bio-based or biodegradable products?
final steps
Final Steps
  • Evaluate quotes in accordance with RFQ
  • Award
  • Notify Agency Sustainability Officer for reporting purposes

Legislation, Executive Orders, and the FAR require green purchasing

Reporting requirements intensifying

GSA has the green solutions you need

Any service can be “greened” at the task order level

  • Jeffrey Manthos
    • 703.605.2838
  • Brennan Conaway
    • 703.605.2613