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NYS Green Procurement

Businesses: What You Need to Know About New York State Green Procurement

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Green procurement is the purchase of environmentally friendly products and services, the selection of "green" contractors and the setting of environmental requirements in specifications and contracts.

What Is Executive Order 4?

Established in April 2008, Executive Order 4 (EO-4) creates a New York State Green Procurement and Agency Sustainability Program, which is jointly administered by the New York State Office of General Services and the Department of Environmental Conservation. EO-4 directs state agencies, public authorities and public benefit corporations to green their procurements and to implement sustainability initiatives.

Green procurement is guided through the use of EO-4 specifications. These specifications set forth environmentally friendly criteria that New York State will use to guide the purchase of products and services.

Is your business currently a NYS vendor? Are you planning to sell to the state in the future?

If you answered yes, it is critical that you review the EO-4 green procurement specifications to:

  • Become aware of the green criteria that NYS desires in its products and services
  • Ensure that your products and services are compliant with these specifications

Business input is valued as EO-4 specifications are developed. Get involved in the development of EO-4 specifications by visiting OGS Executive Order No. 4 web page.

Does your business want to develop its own green procurement program?

If you answered yes, please consider using EO-4 specifications to guide your procurement. The EO-4 specifications are:

  • Available for use and can be downloaded at: OGS EO-4 Specifications web page (link leaves DEC's website)
  • Developed by NYS experts and undergo a rigorous stakeholder review process prior to adoption.

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