Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Management Training for Federal Contractors
Table of Contents
- Why is Sustainability and Climate Risk Important?
- Sustainability Resources
- Environmental Programs
- Environmental Justice
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Getting Involved
- GSA Plans and Scorecards
- Business Resources
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 statutory requirements and E.O.'s, the federal government is required to purchase certain products with specific environmental or energy attributes; and, to the maximum extent practicable, purchase sustainable products and services identified or recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). For more information on GSA's all-of-government approach to sustainability, climate adaptation, and clean energy visit Climate Action and Sustainability on GSA.gov.
The GPC makes it easier to identify applicable green purchasing requirements for products and services by consolidating information from federal environmental programs in one place.
SFTool Product Search 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.
EPA’s EPP program helps U.S. federal government purchasers utilize private sector standards and ecolabels to identify and procure environmentally preferable products and services. The Green Procurement Compilation (GPC) includes EPA’s recommendations on specifications, standards, and ecolabels used in identifying and procuring environmentally preferable products and services. These recommendations cover a variety of products, including electronics, furniture, custodial products, and more. For more information on EPA’s EPP program see EPA's About the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program.
Learn more about how GSA is working to reduce the embodied carbon in its building design and construction projects.
BioPreferred Compliant - Item meets or exceeds the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) biobased content requirements. BioPreferred products are required under FAR Subpart 23.4.
CPG Compliant Items - 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 Subpart 23.4.
EPEAT Registered - Item meets all required EPEAT environmental performance criteria and is rated at one of the three EPEAT levels (Bronze, Silver, or Gold) based on the number of optional criteria met. EPEAT-registered products are required under FAR Subpart 23.7.
- Bronze Level - Item meets EPEAT Bronze environmental performance criteria, which include all required criteria that apply to the product type being registered.
- Silver Level - Item meets EPEAT Silver environmental performance criteria, which include all required criteria plus at least 50% of the optional criteria that apply to the product type being registered.
- Gold Level - Item meets EPEAT Gold environmental performance criteria, which include all required criteria plus at least 75% of the optional criteria that apply to the product type being registered.
Energy Star Compliant - 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 Subpart 23.2.
FEMP Energy Efficient - Item meets U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) FEMP energy efficiency specifications. FEMP-designated products are required by FAR Subpart 23.2.
Meets Recommended Ecolabels - Item meets a non-federal standard or ecolabel recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
S.N.A.P. Compliant - 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 Subpart 23.8.
Safer Choice Certified - Item is qualified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to carry the Safer Choice label. Safer Choice products are required under FAR 23.7.
Design for the Environment (DfE) Certified - 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 Affiliate - Signifies top performance in freight efficiency and identifies partners as corporate leaders helping to advance the industry toward cleaner, more sustainable supply chain management.
WaterSense Certified - 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 Subpart 23.2.
Applicable Sustainability & Climate Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)
FAR Part 23, Environment, Energy and Water Efficiency, Renewable Energy Technologies, Occupational Safety, and Drug-Free Workplace
FAR Part 23, Environment, Energy and Water Efficiency, Renewable Energy Technologies, Occupational Safety, and Drug-Free Workplace
General Services Acquisition Manual (GSAM) 552.238-78, Identification of Products that Have Environmental Attributes
- 52.223-1 Biobased Product Certification
- 52.223-2 Affirmative Procurement of Biobased Products Under Service and Construction Contracts
- 52.223-3 Hazardous Material Identification and Material Safety Data
- 52.223-4 Recovered Material Certification
- 52.223-5 Pollution Prevention and Right-to-Know Information
- 52.223-7 Notice of Radioactive Materials
- 52.223-9 Estimate of Percentage of Recovered Material Content for EPA-Designated Items
- 52.223-10 Waste Reduction Program
- 52.223-11 Ozone-Depleting Substances and High Global Warming Potential Hydrofluorocarbons
- 52.223-12 Maintenance, Service, Repair, or Disposal of Refrigeration Equipment and Air Conditioners
- 52.223-13 Acquisition of EPEAT®–Registered Imaging Equipment
- 52.223-14 Acquisition of EPEAT®-Registered Televisions
- 52.223-15 Energy Efficiency in Energy-Consuming Products
- 52.223-16 Acquisition of EPEAT®-Registered Personal Computer Products
- 52.223-17 Affirmative Procurement of EPA-designated Items in Service and Construction Contracts
- 52.223-19 Compliance with Environmental Management Systems
- 52.223-20 Aerosols
- 52.223-21 Foams
- 52.223-22 Public Disclosure of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Reduction Goals-Representation
Additional Laws, Regulations, and Guidance can be found here.
Applicable Sustainability & Climate Executive Orders
Executive Order 14057, Catalyzing Clean Energy Industries and Jobs Through Federal Sustainability (DEC 08 2021)
Executive Order 14057 aims to reestablish the federal government as a leader in sustainability.
Executive Order 14030 sets policy on climate-related financial risk.
Executive Order 14008 establishes a governmentwide approach to address climate change.
Executive Order 13990, Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science To Tackle the Climate Crisis (JAN 20 2021)
Executive Order 13990 directs the federal government to take action to confront the climate crisis.
Review the Office of the Federal Chief Sustainability Officer for a list of current energy and sustainability management statutes and Executive Orders, located here.
Understanding and Managing Climate Risk
NASA’s Global Climate Change website Climate Change: How Do We Know? 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 Leadership 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 Marketplace blog provides resources for managing GHG emissions to help stay competitive in the federal marketplace.
The USGCRP 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 (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. 14008 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 Justice page.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Green Procurement Compilation (GPC) identifies all applicable green purchasing requirements by category by consolidating and organizing information from Federal environmental programs in one place.
Contract actions for the supply of products and for the acquisition of services (including construction) require that the products are
- Energy-efficient (ENERGY STAR® or Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)-designated);
- Environmentally preferable (e.g., EPEAT®-registered, or non-toxic or less toxic alternatives);
- Non-ozone depleting; or
- Made with recovered materials.
Federal purchasers are directed to procure products and services meeting EPA’s Recommended Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels to the maximum extent practicable.
For more information, see: FAR Part 23.103 and Executive Order (E.O.) 14057, Catalyzing American Clean Energy Industries and Jobs through Federal Sustainability.
Is the federal government required to purchase products meeting EPA Recommended Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels?
Yes, to the maximum extent practicable. Pursuant to E.O. 14057, Catalyzing American Clean Energy Industries and Jobs through Federal Sustainability and in the Federal Sustainability Plan, federal purchasers are directed to procure products and services meeting EPA’s Recommended Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels to the maximum extent practicable. For more on EPA’s Recommended Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasing, see EPA’s Recommendations, Specifications, and Standards.
SFTool Product Search is searchable by Product Category, Brand, Federal Program, and Standard or Ecolabel.
Products show up on SFTool Product Search 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 Search 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.
Where can I find lifecycle cost data available to support the development and implementation of sustainable procurement policies?
What if I have questions about the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings?
Visit the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings page or contact the CEQ Office of Federal Sustainability at CEQOfficeofFederalSustainability@ceq.eop.gov.
The Managing GHG Emissions for Industry Webinar Series 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.
IFMA Course, Certificates, and Certifications enable individuals to earn the Facility Management Professional (FMP) credential.
FMI provides easily accessible online tools and resources explicitly designed to advance the skills, knowledge and professional development of facilities management professionals.
- Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
- CDP (Formerly Carbon Disclosure Project)
- The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)
- Responsible Purchasing Network
- Green Health Exchange
- Northeast Recycling Council
GSA Plans and Scorecards
The GSA Climate Risk Management Plan supports business lines with integrating climate risk management into management processes.
GSA's annual Sustainability Plan 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 Scorecard tracks federal contractor’s commitments to reducing GHG emissions and setting reduction targets.
- Getting Started With GSA Purchasing Programs
- Opportunities for Small Businesses
- GSA Information for Small Businesses
- EPA’s Selling Greener Products and Services to the Federal Government
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.