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State Approves New Guidelines For Smarter Business Purchasing

Thursday, September 11, 2014

 

State COO Michael Jordan approved new purchasing guidelines on Wednesday for state agencies and businesses to support the purchase of less-toxic, more environmentally-friendly products. 

The new guidelines were prompted by Governor John Kitzhaber's 2012 order directing state agencies to increase the number of people and environmentally friendly products they purchase. 

Over the past year, a green chemistry committee, led by the Governor's Office, developed general guidelines agencies can use to ask that vendors provide safer goods. 

The committee engaged state agencies, conservation groups and Oregon businesses to refine the guidelines prior to approval.

Purchasing less-toxic products will make Oregon safer and provide more opportunities for Oregon businesses, according to Jordan. 

"Oregonians are growing more mindful of what's in the products they use," said Jordan. "State government should too." He added, "We're in a unique position to not only reduce the amount of toxins used across our state, but also to drive the market to supply safer options." 

Colin Price from the Oregon Environmental Council said that smarter purchasing leads to a cleaner state for all Oregonians. 

"Oregon state government is providing sound leadership by bringing together product purchasers and suppliers to find solutions that are safer for people and the environment, while also being effective and affordable," Price said. 

 

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