Green Purchasing Policy

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Statement of Purpose

This shall be known as the RAD Green Purchasing Policy. Its purpose is to ensure that RAD purchases recycled and other environmentally preferable products whenever they meet cost and performance requirements.


“Environmentally Preferable Products” means products that have a lesser impact on human health and the environment when compared with competing products. This comparison may consider raw materials acquisition, production, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, reuse, operation, maintenance, or disposal of the product.

“Recycled Products” are products manufactured with waste material that has been recovered or diverted from solid waste.

“Practicable” means sufficient in performance and available at a reasonable cost.

“Cost” means the total expense of the product including the initial price, lifecycle costs, and disposal costs. “Price” means the initial expense to acquire the product.

Statement of Policy

RAD shall purchase recycled and other environmentally preferable products whenever practicable.

RAD shall require contractors and consultants to use recycled and other environmentally preferable products whenever practicable.

Guidelines for Purchasing Decisions

Where possible, shall favor:

• Products that reduce greenhouse gas emissions or are made with renewable energy

• Products that reduce the use of chemicals that are hazardous to the environment and employee and public health

• Products that contain the highest possible percentage of postconsumer recycled content

• Products that reduce air and water pollution

• Products that reduce waste

• Suppliers who strive to improve their environmental performance and provide environmentally preferable products, and who can document the supply-chain impacts of their efforts

• Reusable products

• Products that serve several functions (e.g., copier/printers, multipurpose cleaners) and reduce the overall number of products purchased

• Products that are recyclable or compostable

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