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Environmental Sustainability

Sustainable Acquisitions

Sustainable acquisitions refer to environmentally-preferable products and services that have a reduced impact on human health and the environment when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose.

IHS utilizes the HHS Affirmative Procurement Plan (APP) as a guide for environmentally preferable purchasing. The HHS APP Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov [PDF] provides guidelines for an effective green purchasing program that encompasses the use of designated recycled content, Energy Star®, EPEAT®, energy-efficient, bio-based, and environmentally preferable products.

IHS sustainable acquisitions objectives:

  • New contract actions, including task and delivery orders for products and services, must be:
    • Energy-efficient (Energy StarĀ® or Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)-designated);
    • Water-efficient;
    • Bio-based;
    • Non-ozone depleting;
    • Contain recycled-content materials; and
    • Non-toxic or less toxic alternatives.
  • Ensure a continued procurement preference for Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) registered electronic products.

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