The GreenBuy Program recognizes DOE sites for purchasing products that save energy, conserve water, and reduce health and environmental impacts. By participating in the GreenBuy Program, DOE sites leverage the Federal government purchasing dollars to achieve mission goals while improving the marketplace for greener products and reduce the overall impact of the Department's operations. In all, 27 Department of Energy (DOE) sites met a total of 150 product goals in 7 categories in FY2012.
DOE and other Federal agencies are required to preferentially purchase products that are energy efficient, water efficient, made from biobased or recycled content, are non-toxic or less-toxic than conventional alternatives, and registered to the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT). To help navigate this large and in some cases, overlapping set of requirements, DOE developed the "Priority Products List."
The Priority Products list serves as the backbone of the recognition program by identifying products that possess strong sustainability attributes and are frequently purchased by DOE facilities. The GreenBuy Program incentivizes DOE sites to identify, purchase, and track their use of sustainable products on the Priority Products List.