Green purchasing refers to the procurement of products with positive environmental or energy attributes and to the procurement of services under which these products will be supplied or used. Green purchasing, also known as “sustainable acquisition,” helps to reduce adverse impacts to the environment, conserve energy, water and other natural resources, improve public health and safety, and create new technologies, markets and jobs.
Federal Executive Branch departments and agencies, including the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), are required by a variety of laws, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), and executive orders (EOs) to “buy green.” The latest of these mandates is EO 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, signed by President Obama on March 19, 2015. This order revokes, but builds on and adds to the green purchasing goals and requirements of two prior sustainability EOs 13423 and 13514.
The goal of EO 13693 is to maintain Federal leadership in sustainability and greenhouse gas emission reductions - two areas in which green purchasing plays a significant role. It directs agencies to promote sustainable acquisition and procurement by ensuring that the environmental performance and sustainability factors outlined in the order are included to the maximum extent practicable for all applicable procurements in the planning, award, and execution phases of the acquisition.
VA demonstrates its commitment to our Nation’s Veterans and the environment through the sustainable acquisition of goods and services in accordance with EO 13693 and other applicable Federal green purchasing mandates.
Access the list of environmental performance and sustainability factors and environmental program information.