Resources for Verifying Sustainable Products
The resources (referenced websites) in this section can be used to determine whether documentation provided by the contractor confirms the product or service meets the sustainable requirements included in the contract. It is up to the contractor and/or vendor to provide credible and verifiable documentation to demonstrate compliance with all sustainability requirements. The standards listed are based on those presently recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or used in various DOE and GSA programs. It is not a finite list because this is a living document, continually updated as new specifications, standards, and ecolabels are evaluated in accordance with current Federal purchasing requirements.
The Green Procurement Compilation is also a source for accessing many of the specifications, standards, and ecolabels listed here. The Green Procurement Compilation denotes which specifications, standards, or ecolabels are required for Federal agencies.
Vendor Compliance Determination Resources with Multiple Attributes
Visit the Materials and Resources page for terms that help define sustainable acquisition and thereby give an overview of how multiple attributes better identify sustainable products.
Vendor Compliance Determination Resources with Single Attributes
Visit the Green Procurement Compilation for information on designated product requirements. This information can be used to better understand the designated product requirements and how to verify whether contractors/vendors are providing compliant products.
- General Services Administration - Green Procurement Compliation
- Responsible Purchasing Network has published a set of Green Purchasing Best Practices Guides for the National Association of State Procurement Officials.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasing