Environmentally Preferable Procurement

Coins Pile

Full Circle staff are recognized for our pioneering work in green procurement, particularly at the federal level.  In some projects—as with our National Parks work, or market development for recycled-content paper and  re-refined motor oil—purchasing is front and center. In other projects—whether with green schools or green business assistance—we work closely with clients and program targets to incorporate green purchasing principles and messaging.

Purchasing is integral to all aspects of an organization’s operations. Procurement staff serve as gatekeepers for the materials that flow into and out of an organization, and therefore have tremendous influence over product and service choices.  This selection of goods and services is unavoidably intertwined with  raw material extraction, manufacturing, use and disposal of products.   Procurement staff, and the policies and guidelines under which they operate, therefore have the potential to minimize environmental impacts associated with the life-cycle of the products and services they specify.

Related Projects

Assessing Twenty Years of Santa Monica Sustainable Purchasing

Frog and Coin

The City of Santa Monica has long been a pioneer in sustainable purchasing. The City’s early efforts were documented in a thorough 1998 report

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Climate Change Reduction through Environmentally-Preferable Purchasing


The West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum — created by EPA Region 9 — developed a “toolkit” of resources and strategies to help public

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King County Green Schools Program

Pencils Colored Circle

We provided direct technical assistance to King County’s Green Schools Program—now comprising over 400 schools and 11 school districts. Participating schools receive recognition for improving

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The Case for Waste Prevention: A Guide for Legal Professionals

Gavel Close Up

“This guidebook—written by lawyers for lawyers—is concise, well-written, and full of creative ideas about waste prevention,” said a Seattle City Council member of this guide.

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Re-Refined Oil Market Development

Oil Drums Blue Many

Full Circle has devoted considerable time to used oil policy and program development. Core projects included expansion of used oil collection infrastructure, developing award-winning public

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Used Oil and HHW Collection, Outreach & Education

Oil Drum Rusty Top

This broadly recognized program—documented in a peer reviewed journal and a nationally-distributed trade magazine—has achieved a recycling rate above 90% for used motor oil from

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National Parks Green Purchasing Assistance

Globe & Stacked Coins

Full Circle staff works closely with the National Park Service to expand implementation of environmental purchasing activities at headquarter and regional levels as well as

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Packaging Waste Prevention Technical Assistance

Can Single Blue Top

In the early 1990’s Full Circle worked with Sound Resource Management Group to support Snohomish County’s groundbreaking outreach business program to minimize and prevent packaging

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Federal Electronics Challenge

Electronics Circuit Board

The Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC) is a partnership program that encourages federal facilities and agencies to: purchase greener electronic products, reduce impacts of electronic products

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Redmond Commercial Recycling Technical Assistance

Maze Grass

Full Circle staff is proud to have worked with the City of Redmond since 1990, even before Full Circle existed. Through close coordination with city

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