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ACI Environmentally Preferable Procurement
Advocacy Principles

  • Any legislative intent language must be proactive and recognize the essential benefits of cleaning products. Environmentally preferable cleaning products are market ready and available for widespread application in any and all state facilities and buildings.

  • States should recognize the benefits of antimicrobial hand products for their intended uses.

  • States should promote innovation by recognizing flexibility in environmentally preferable product procurement criteria.  Environmentally preferable procurement cannot reasonably be defined by a single set of criteria or certification by a single non-governmental organization because of the dynamic nature of the preferable procurement issue.

  • Within the procurement process, products should be considered based on an assessment of performance and environmental attributes that reflect the values and needs of the purchaser.

  • Drawing on the EPA Guidance on Environmentally Preferable Purchasing, factors such as product safety, efficacy, ease-of-use, availability and cost must be given equal weight when examining the environmental characteristics of any particular product.

  • Work to advance cleaning product manufacturer interests using life cycle analyses, self-certification language or industry-recognized third-party standards and processes to manage legislative and regulatory activities consistent with the official definition of EPP in federal Executive Order 1301, 1998.

  • No delegation of procurement decisions to any single third-party non-governmental organization; there should be no lists of "safer" or "green" products.  Such lists are likely in conflict with Federal Trade Commission (FTC) authority to validate and review the claims made for consumer products.