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This page provides vendors with a single point-of-entry to learn more about sustainability and climate risk management. Vendors can quickly access sustainability and climate related Executive Orders, Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), environmental programs, training, and more.

Why is Sustainability and Climate Risk Management Important?

Vendors play a critical role in reducing the severity of future climate change by providing federal agencies with access to sustainable products and services, and resilient supply chains that are adaptive to actual changes in climate.

Several Executive Orders (E.O.) require the federal government to prioritize actions on climate change, reduce emissions, promote environmental stewardship, support resilient supply chains, drive innovation, and incentivize markets for sustainable products and services.

In accordance with FAR Part 23opens in new window, federal agencies are required to procure sustainable products and services to the maximum extent practicable. Sustainable products and services means products and services that are subject to and meet the applicable statutory purchasing programs and required EPA purchasing programs identified in the Environmental Purchasing Programs section below.

Sustainability Resources

SFTool Pages

The Green Procurement Compilation consolidates purchasing program information into one place, making it easy to determine which purchasing programs apply to a specific product or service.

SFTool Product Searchnon government site opens in new window is your link to simpler environmentally responsible purchasing. Search over 150 categories and subcategories that represent over 5,700 brands and more than 300,000 products.

Learn more about waste management options for end of life including reuse, recycling, design for disassembly, design for product take-back programs, and closed-loop supply chains.

 

Other Resources

The GSA Advantage!® Environmental Program Aisleopens in new window enables users to search thousands of individual green products.

Learn more about how GSA is working to reduce the embodied carbonopens in new window in its building design and construction projects.

Environmental Purchasing Programs

Statutory Purchasing Programs

CPG Compliant Itemsopens in new window - Item meets or exceeds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recommendations for recovered materials and postconsumer recovered materials. EPA-designated products are required under FAR 23.103.

Energy Star Compliantopens in new window - Item certified to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) ENERGY STAR program specifications and is authorized to carry the ENERGY STAR label. ENERGY STAR products are required under FAR 23.103.

FEMP Energy Efficientopens in new window - Item meets U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) FEMP energy efficiency specifications. FEMP-designated products are required by FAR 23.103.

BioPreferred Compliantopens in new window - Item meets or exceeds the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) biobased content requirements. BioPreferred products are required under FAR 23.103.

S.N.A.P. Compliantopens in new window - Item contains acceptable substitutes for ozone depleting substances, as determined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program. SNAP substitutes are required by FAR 23.103.

Required EPA Purchasing Programs

WaterSense Certifiedopens in new window - Item is certified to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WaterSense Program specifications and is authorized to carry the WaterSense label. WaterSense products are required under FAR 23.103.

Safer Choice Certifiedopens in new window - Item is qualified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to carry the Safer Choice label. Safer Choice products are required under FAR 23.103.

Meets Recommended Ecolabelsopens in new window - Item meets EPA Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels in effect as of October 2023. EPA Recommendations are required under FAR 23.103.

Other Federal Programs

Design for the Environment (DfE) Certifiedopens in new window - Item is qualified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to carry the DfE label. Products must be registered with EPA and meet federal disinfectant standards (FIFRA) to make disinfectant claims. Disinfectant products that carry the DfE logo contain ingredients that meet an additional high standard for both human and environmental health and help people protect their family, workplace, community, and environment.

SmartWay Partner and Affiliateopens in new window - Signifies top performance in freight efficiency and identifies partners as corporate leaders helping to advance the industry toward cleaner, more sustainable supply chain management.

Applicable Sustainability & Climate Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)

FAR Part 23opens in new window, Environment, Energy and Water Efficiency, Renewable Energy Technologies, Occupational Safety, and Drug-Free Workplace

Additional Laws, Regulations, and Guidance can be found here.

Applicable Sustainability & Climate Executive Orders

Review the Office of the Federal Chief Sustainability Officer for a list of current energy and sustainability management statutes and Executive Orders, located hereopens in new window.

Understanding and Managing Climate Risk

NASA’s Global Climate Change website Climate Change: How Do We Know?opens in new window provides accurate and timely news and information about Earth’s changing climate.

The SFTool Climate Terms and Tools page serves as a primer for those who are new to the topic or looking for additional resources.

Climate Action and Sustainability

GSA’s Framework for Managing Climate Risks to Federal Agency Supply Chains provides guidance to help federal agencies assess observed and expected climate or weather-related risks (extreme heat waves, tropical storms, hurricanes, wildfires, etc.) to supply chains and develop plans to minimize those risks.

The EPA Center for Corporate Climate Leadershipopens in new window serves as a resource center for all organizations to track and reduce their climate impacts.

GSA’s Manage Your GHG Emissions to Stay Competitive in the Federal Marketplaceopens in new window blog provides resources for managing GHG emissions to help stay competitive in the federal marketplace.

The USGCRPopens in new window is a federal program mandated by Congress to coordinate federal research and investments in understanding the forces shaping the global environment, both human and natural, and their impacts on society.

Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice (EJ) is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. On January 27, 2021, the president issued E.O. 14008opens in new window affirming the federal government's commitment to advance environmental justice. To learn more about the GSA’s strategy and progress reports, see GSA’s Environmental Justiceopens in new window page.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Green Procurement Compilation identifies all applicable sustainable acquisition requirements by consolidating and organizing information from Federal environmental programs in one place.

In accordance with FAR Part 23opens in new window, federal agencies are required to purchase sustainable products and services to the maximum extent practicable. In accordance with FAR 23.103(b), this includes products under contract actions for services or construction if the products are-

  • Delivered to the Government;
  • Furnished by the contractor for use by the Government;
  • Incorporated into the construction of a public building or public work; or
  • Acquired by the contractor for use in performing services under a Government contract where the cost of the products is a direct cost to a Government contract (versus costs which are normally applied to a contractor's general and administrative expenses or indirect costs).

For example, custodial service contracts should require the use of sustainable cleaning products and the supply of recycled content or biobased paper products, plastic trash bags, and other applicable items.

Sustainable products and services means products and services that are subject to and meet the applicable statutory purchasing programs and required EPA purchasing programs. Sustainable products and services are identified in the statement of work or elsewhere in the contract, including the purchasing program and type of product or service that are applicable.

For more information, see: FAR Part 23.103opens in new window and Executive Order (E.O.) 14057, Catalyzing American Clean Energy Industries and Jobs through Federal Sustainabilityopens in new window.

SFTool Product Searchnon government site opens in new window is searchable by Product Category, Brand, Federal Program, and Standard or Ecolabel.

Products show up on SFTool Product Searchnon government site opens in new window when they conform to a set of product category requirements as outlined by the EPA, DOE, and GSA. All product data in SFTool Product Search comes directly and automatically from the relevant certification organizations. When products don't appear, it is often because there is not a product category requirement for the item. If a product fails to appear even when there is a stated product category requirement in the Green Procurement Compilation, it may be because we have not yet built out the relevant category in our system.

SFTool Product Searchnon government site opens in new window displays products that comply with federal environmental requirements, which are gathered within the Green Procurement Compilation. The products listed in SFTool Product Search are provided by ecolabel registries. If your product is not listed, it may be because there are currently no federal environmental requirements for your product category. When federal requirements are added, products complying with the requirements as provided by ecolabel registries would automatically be listed.

Companies interested in becoming a GSA vendor can visit How to Sell to the Governmentopens in new window and the Buying and Sellingopens in new window page on GSA.gov. Companies can also review the types of GSA contracts on GSA's Vendor Support Centeropens in new window.

Training

The Managing GHG Emissions for Industry Webinar Seriesnon government site opens in new window provides a federal policy overview, completing the GHG inventory development process, and how to begin reducing GHG emissions now.

Federal Energy Management Program Courses provide foundational knowledge and general awareness of Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act (FBPTA) requirements.

FMI provides easily accessible online tools and resources explicitly designed to advance the skills, knowledge and professional development of facilities management professionals.

Getting Involved

GSA Plans and Scorecards

The GSA Climate Risk Management Planopens in new window supports business lines with integrating climate risk management into management processes.

GSA's annual Sustainability Planopens in new window summarizes actions implemented to meet sustainability goals, progress, results, cost savings, and the agency's strategies for continued progress and performance improvements.

The GSA Federal Contractor Climate Action Scorecardopens in new window tracks federal contractor’s commitments to reducing GHG emissions and setting reduction targets.

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Green Procurement Compilation (GPC)

The Green Procurement Compilation (GPC) consolidates and organizes information from several federal green purchasing programs in one place, saving you from researching multiple web sites.

It makes it easy to identify sustainable products and their associated guidance documentation to facilitate green purchasing decisions.

Click here to view the Green Procurement Compilation (GPC)

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