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Action 1: Adopt an environmentally preferable purchasing policy or administrative guidelines/practices directing that the city purchase at least EnergyStarcertified equipment and appliances and paper containing at least 30% post-consumer recycled content.

The city currently purchases Energy Star appliances, computer equipment and printers for which Energy Star certification is available. The city’s IT department uses a virtual server that reduces the amount of hardware, battery, and energy use compared to a traditional server. Water saving products purchased by the city meet the WaterSense certification when such products are available. All city departments purchase printing paper containing at least 30% post-consumer recycled content.

Cleaning products purchased by the City meet Green Seal, Ecologo, and/or U.S. EPA Design for the Environment cleaning product standards if such products are practicable, available, and perform to an acceptable standard. Contracted cleaning staff utilizes the same standards for cleaning products in all city buildings. In addition, cleaning products are dispensed using a meter so the correct portion of cleaners is utilized.

Action 4: Require purchase of U.S. EPA WaterSense-certified products. 

Water saving products purchased by the city meet the WaterSense certification when such products are available. At this time, purchase of WaterSense products is a practice, but it will be included in the EPP that is currently being developed.

Action 7: Lower the environmental footprint of meetings and events in the city.

The city’s practice is to avoid the use of plastic or Styrofoam plates or cups at city meetings and events. If a catering company is unable to abide by these guidelines, it is the city’s practice to provide plates and cups for the event. The EPP that is being developed will address this issue at a policy level.