Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

To meet the goal of the Executive Order, at least 50 percent of white office paper collectively purchased by all executive state agencies and departments must contain a minimum of 30 percent post-consumer waste content in Fiscal Year 2017. Additionally, the state must increase annual purchases of this paper by 10 percent to at least 90 percent of paper purchases by Fiscal Year 2020.

FY 2016 Statewide Report

The State is behind on this initiative, however, the GGLC and DPA have established goals and directives. In FY 2018 the State needs to develop FY 2017 baselines and begin work on strategies to achieve these goals and directives. The State also needs to establish a FY 2016 white paper baseline and process for tracking and reporting.

GGLC Quick Tips

  1. Get a head start on your purchasing inventory. Start tracking your paper purchases with this online form (open to Colorado state employees only) and review your top spend categories by vendor on a quarterly basis.

  2. Save paper. Set up the default printer settings to double-sided printing with narrow margins. Skip providing printed agendas, handouts or copies of slides to attendees. Instead, project the agenda and presentation, and/or email your presentation to participants. Distribute scrap paper for notes and questions instead of printing an entire slide deck for each person.

  3. Change paper processes to online processes. Use Google Forms, Google Docs, and other online tools to gather information and communicate. 

  4. Support the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) policy guide of the State Purchasing Office. Purchase recycled content products, energy efficient products, green cleaning products, green computers and office equipment, environmentally preferable papers, ink, and services.