On October 29, 2008, the City Manager issued Administrative Directive 2.04 which requires City departments to consider products that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products that serve the same purpose.
The objective of the Keene's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program is to maximize environmental benefits of the City’s activities by establishing procedures to encourage the procurement of services and products that:
- reduce toxicity;
- conserve natural resources, materials, water, and energy; and
- maximize recyclability and recycled content and reduce waste.
By including environmental considerations in purchasing decisions along with the traditional concerns of price, performance, and availability, City departments will remain fiscally responsible while promoting practices that improve public health and safety; reduce pollution, conserve natural resources, and reward manufacturers and suppliers who reduce adverse environmental impacts in their production and distribution systems. Characteristics of Environmentally Preferable Products (EPPs) include: alternative energy sources, bio-based, biodegradable, compostable, high recycled content, low toxicity, low volatile organic compounds, pollution and waste reduction, recyclable, repairable, resource efficient, and reusable.
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