Leveraging Its Buying Power: The Federal Government Goes Green

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Courtesy of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The U.S. federal government spends more than $200 billion annually on a wide variety of goods and services. It spends an additional $240 billion annually through grant disbursements. Given this tremendous buying power, it is no surprise that the federal government would leverage it to achieve environmental goals and priorities.

None of the existing federal green purchasing programs has, to date, significantly influenced product or service selection. These programs are gathering momentum, however, and promise to wield more influence in the future. This “Washington Watch” column provides an overview of key federal green purchasing programs, and discusses some reasons why green purchasing programs are picking up steam in both the public and private sectors.

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