Why the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program (EP³) is important...
"Environmentally Preferable" means having a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products that serve the same purpose.
Environmentally Preferable products or services minimize the consumption of resources, energy and water; prevent or minimize the creation of solid waste, air pollution or water pollution; minimize the use of materials or processes which compromise the environment; and/or promote the use of less or non-toxic substances, and avoid toxic materials or processes.
Every product has a human health and environmental impact. We can choose to significantly reduce that impact by being proactive in what we buy.
Increasing the City's purchase of environmentally preferable products is not meant to be an added burden on employees, but to serve as a catalyst to help the City meet state and federal requirements, decrease hazardous waste disposal costs, and help create a healthier and safer environment for City employees and residents.
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While some environmentally preferable products (EPPs) cost more at the time of purchase, a large portion of them will save more money in the long run (especially considering the maintenance, operation, and disposal of the product).