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Section 3(i) of Executive Order 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, directs agencies to promote sustainable acquisition and procurement by ensuring that each of the following environmental performance and sustainability factors are included to the maximum extent practicable for all applicable procurements in the planning, award, and execution phases of the acquisition by:

I.  Meeting statutory mandates that require purchase preference for:

II.  Purchasing sustainable products and services identified by EPA programs including:

  • Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP External link to a government website) chemicals or other alternatives to ozone-depleting substances and high global warming potential hydrofluorocarbons, where feasible, as identified by SNAP.
  • WaterSense External link to a government website certified products and services (water efficient products).
  • Safer Choice External link to a government website labeled products (chemically intensive products that contain safer ingredients).
  • SmartWay External link to a government website Transport partners and SmartWay products (fuel efficient products and services).

III.  Purchasing environmentally preferable products or services that:

Agencies must also reduce copier and printing paper External link to a government website use and acquire uncoated printing and writing paper containing at least 30 percent postconsumer recycled content or higher as designated by future instruction under this order.

For a walk-through of EO 13693, visit the General Services Administration’s (GSA) “Hot AnnotatedExternal link to a government website Sustainable Facilities Tool.  Here you will find annotated text for definitions, procurement strategies such as for source reduction through reduced or minimal packaging of products, and links to additional resources such as GSA’s Green Procurement Compilation External link to a government website.

Instructions for implementing External link to a government website EO 13693 were signed by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) on June 10, 2015.  The purpose of this document is to provide clarifying instructions and guidance for Federal Executive departments and agencies in implementing the provisions of this order.  It revokes and supersedes the Instructions for Implementing EO 13423 issued by CEQ on March 29, 2007.