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     From the ENS News Service:
     
     
     STARTER KIT HELPS GOVERNMENTS BUY GREEN
     
     WASHINGTON, DC, January 17, 2000 (ENS) - Under a grant from the U.S. 
     Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Association of 
     Counties (NACo's) has developed the "Environmental Purchasing Starter 
     Kit" to help local governments set up a cost effective environmental 
     purchasing program. The kit is designed for purchasing agents, county 
     and city managers, recycling coordinators, local elected officials, 
     product users and vendors. The kit includes: case studies on energy 
     efficiency and pest control; a sample purchasing resolution; a 
     glossary of environmental purchasing terms; and a baseline survey for 
     internal local government use. 
     
     To assist federal agencies in making their purchasing practices more 
     environmentally friendly, EPA's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing 
     (EPP) program has created a variety of resources. Later this year, the 
     EPP Program will be releasing several Internet tools to help users 
     with all levels of environmental purchasing experience. The tools will 
     include a database of environmental information for products and 
     services, an interactive general training tool, a "How to do EPP" 
     tutorial and a Promising Practices Guide for "greening" contracting 
     practices. The Starter Kit is available at NACo's web site at: 
     http://www.naco.org/programs/environ/purchase.cfm. When the EPA tools 
     are released, they will be available at: 
     http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/epp. 
     



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