Maryland Green Purchasing

​​Resources for Procurement Officers
The Green Purchasing Committee offers a variety of resources for State procurement officers to employ in support of Maryland’s environmentally preferable purchasing program. 

Don’t know how to start buying green? Look for any of these logos or certifications. This document lists environmental standards and certifications that GPC-approved.

Need to know how to integrate green purchasing from start to end of a solicitation? Use this. 

This 12 step guide identifies the green purchasing considerations for each stage of the procurement process from contract development to post-award.

Conducting a procurement? Start here.

Procurement officers must complete this checklist to ensure relevant specifications and environmentally preferable purchasing language are included for each procurement. This checklist will ensure that you are including relevant EPP specs when they exist, and allows the GPC to track compliance, opportunities, and barriers to green purchasing.

No spec? This “general spec​” includes language that can be inserted in any solicitation. 

For product and service categories that do not have an associated environmentally preferable specification, this document  provides insertable language for: 

  • Product Material Requirements 

  • Energy Efficiency and Energy-Using Product Requirements 

  • Recycled-Content Requirements and Recommendations

  • Packaging Requirements and Recommendations

  • Shipping and Transport Requirements and Recommendations

  • Reporting Requirements and Other Purchasing Requirements

Ensure your contracts are reporting back their green spend.

To facilitate consistent reporting on contracts, procurement officers shall provide vendors with t​his template​. This information will enable Maryland State agencies to comply with Article §14–405 of the Annotated Code of Maryland and COMAR 

Offer a variety of environmentally preferable products

Maryland Correctional Enterprises

Blind Industries and Services of Maryland 

Other Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Programs and Guides

Need more resources?
Numerous environmentally preferable purchasing programs have been deployed throughout the United States; these can serve as a useful learning tool as the State of Maryland expands its own program. 

EPA’s Sustainable Marketplace: Greener Products and Services

GSA Green Procurement Compilation

NASPO Green Purchasing Resources

RPN Green Purchasing Standards and Ecolabels

SFTool EPP Database 

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