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Sustainable Acquisition

Goal 6: Sustainable Acquisition

As part of its mission to deliver best value products and services to its customer agencies, GSA is committed to making sustainable products and services more available and cost effective. GSA also remains committed to developing and revising procurement policy and training to include sustainability requirements and considerations. Since GSA serves as an important interface between the private sector and the Federal Government, GSA will continue to work closely with both communities to develop a greater understanding of the current state of sustainable procurement and how the Federal Government can best improve the sustainability of its supply chain.

Evaluation Measures and Successes

-GSA continued to expand its tools and offerings of sustainable products to make it easier for
Federal agencies to find and purchase them.

-GSA re-launched the Green Procurement Compilation (GPC) as a web-based, searchable module within the Sustainable Facilities Tool with expanded functionality.

-In FY 2012, GSA assessed the accuracy of the environmental icons used to identify sustainable products in GSA Advantage and continued efforts to improve product identification.

-In FY 2012, agencies purchased $88 million worth of recycled content products through the FSSI Office Supplies 2 blanket purchase agreements (BPAs).  This included $24 million worth of remanufactured toner cartridges.  Agencies saved $19 million compared to historical Multiple Award Schedule prices for these products.

-GSA has identified opportunities to offer only green products through its Multiple Award Schedules.  Eleven schedules now offer specific products only with environmental attributes, such as Energy Star appliances and biobased products.

Planned Actions

-GSA will ensure that all applicable green products requirements and industry-appropriate sustainability provisions are included in Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI) and One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) contracts, including FSSIs for cleaning and maintenance products, office supplies, and parcel deliveries. FSSI seeks to centralize the purchase of commonly procured goods and services utilized across the Federal Government, leveraging the buying power of the Federal Government while ensuring consistency in the pricing and quality of products and services. OASIS is GSA’s next generation contract vehicle for complex professional services, including program management services, management consulting services, logistics services, engineering services, scientific services, and financial services.

-In late FY 2013, GSA will undertake a study using life cycle analysis (LCA) to identify sustainability considerations for high-impact product and service categories; identify the causes of major environmental impacts of selected products and services throughout the life cycle; identify ecolabels, attributes, product specifications, and other solutions GSA can use in the procurement process to mitigate the identified impacts. The study will be completed in early FY 2014.

-By the end of FY 2013, GSA will issue the updated GSA Green Purchasing Plan (GPP), which provides GSA employees with information on why, how, and where to purchase sustainable products.

-By the end of FY 2014, GSA will revise the General Service Acquisition Manual (GSAM ) Part 523 Environment, Conservation, Occupational Safety and Drug-Free Workplace to remove references to outdated Executive Orders and the deleted affirmative procurement plan and include references to EO 13423, EO 13514, and the updated GPP.

-By the end of FY 2013, PBS FMSP will provide training to all regions on changes made to the specifications and use of the documents this effort will help with the phased implementation of a robust, consistent, and up-to-date sustainability program in the custodial and O&M service contracts for the GSA portfolio.

-GSA continues to implement the GSA/HHS Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending into their commercial cafeteria contracts which promote sustainable practices in food service such as composting, using recyclable/compostable disposables and educating patrons on how to recycle their cafeteria waste.


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