Green Team Members
Lynn Hughes, Council Liason
Mia Baldwin, Member
Jeanie Baker, Member
Linda DeMarzo, Member
Kirsten Norberg, Member
ENVIRONMENTALLY PREFERABLE PURCHASING POLICY
(GREEN PURCHASING POLICY)
1.0 ENVIRONMENTALLY PREFERABLE PURCHASING (GREEN PURCHASING POLICY)
1.1 STATEMENT OF THE POLICY
It is the policy & practice of the Borough of High Bridge to:
• Institute practices that reduce waste by increasing product efficiency and effectiveness, and
• Purchase products that minimize environmental impacts, toxics, pollution, and hazards to worker and community safety to the greatest extent practicable, and
• Purchase products that include recycled content, are durable and long-lasting, conserve energy and water, use agricultural fibers and residues, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, use unbleached or chlorine free manufacturing processes, are lead-free and mercury-free, and use wood from sustainably harvested forests (FSC) when & where possible.
1.2 PURPOSE & OBJECTIVES OF THE POLICY
The goal of this policy is to encourage and increase the use of environmentally preferable products and services in the Borough of High Bridge. By including environmental considerations in purchasing decisions, the Borough of High Bridge can promote practices that improve public and worker health, conserve natural resources, and reward environmentally conscious manufacturers, while remaining fiscally responsible.
The policy objectives are to:
• Conserve natural resources,
• Minimize environmental impacts such as pollution and use of water and energy,
• Eliminate or reduce toxics that create hazards to workers and our community,
• Support strong recycling markets,
• Reduce materials that are routinely land filled or disposed of,
• Increase the use and availability of environmentally preferable products that
• Identify environmentally preferable products & associated distribution systems,
• Reward manufacturers & vendors with contracts that reduce environmental
• Collect & maintain up-to-date information regarding manufacturers, vendors and
• Create a model for successfully purchasing environmentally preferable products protect the environment, impacts in their production & distribution systems or services, other sources for locating/ordering environmentally preferable products, that encourages other purchasers in our community to adopt similar goals.
1.3 RESEARCH, EVALUATION & IMPLEMENTATION OF THE POLICY
The Borough of High Bridge Council and members of the Green Team, which shall be composed of representatives from various High Bridge departments/divisions, commissions/committees and volunteer organizations shall research, evaluate, and implement the environmental purchasing objectives. The Green Team Committee shall focus its research, evaluation and the implementation of the Green Policy in the following areas:
• Recycled Content Products (e.g. paper products, playground/recreation equipment, toner/printer cartridges, motor oils & lubricants, furniture, carpets & flooring materials, matting, plastic/composite lumber/building materials, trash bags, parking stops, ceiling tiles, etc…)
• Less Harmful & Non–toxic Materials & Processes (e.g. janitorial/cleaning products, pest management chemicals, phosphates, paint, solvents, fuels & lubricants, etc…)
• Energy & Water Efficient Products & Processes (e.g. solar applications, energy efficient lighting, energy star appliances, water saving devices, vehicles & motorized equipment, etc…)
• Natural Resource & Landscaping Management (e.g. integrated pest and vegetation management, drought tolerant/indigence plants & shrubs, recycled mulches & natural composts, etc…)
• Renewable Products (e.g. FSC certified forests products, renewable energy resources, etc…)
• Disposal & Pollution Reduction (e.g. integrated waste management, duplex copies, retread tires, reusable holiday trees, recycling programs for used ceiling tiles & flooring materials, etc…)
• Packaging (e.g. bulk packaging, reusable boxes, recycled packing materials, shipping pallets, etc…)
• Green Building Program (e.g. using recycled products in the construction and renovation, disposal of building materials in an environmentally sensitive manner, High designing and renovating for energy and resource conservation)
The Committee is aware that the evaluation and implementation phases of the project will require changes in awareness, behaviors, practices and operating procedures. To the extent possible, it is the Committee’s intention to have a participative process as it researches, evaluates and implements the policy recommendations. It is also the Committee’s intention to meet annually after implementation to monitor and evaluate the Borough of High Bridge’s progress in this area.
1.4.1 Source Reduction
* To the extent practicable the Borough of High Bridge shall institute practices that reduce waste and result in the purchase of fewer products whenever practicable and cost-effective, but without reducing safety or overall workplace quality.
* To the extent practicable the Borough of High Bridge shall purchase remanufactured products such as toner/printer cartridges, retread tires, furniture, equipment and automotive parts whenever practicable, but without reducing safety, quality or effectiveness.
* To the extent practicable the Borough of High Bridge shall require all equipment bought after the adoption of this policy to be compatible with source reduction goals as referred to in the policy, when & where practicable.
* All buyers shall consider short-term and long-term costs in comparing product alternatives, when feasible. This includes the evaluation of the total costs expected during the lifetime of the product, including, but not limited to, acquisition, extended warranties, operation, supplies, maintenance, disposal costs and expected lifetime compared to other alternatives.
* Products that are durable, long lasting, reusable or refillable shall be preferred whenever available & practicable.
* To the extent practicable the Borough of High Bridge requests vendors to eliminate excess packaging or to utilize the minimum amount necessary for product protection, to the greatest extent practicable.
* Packaging that is reusable, recyclable or compostable shall be preferred, when suitable uses and programs readily exist.
* Vendors shall be encouraged to take back and reuse wooden pallets and other shipping and packaging materials when & where practicable.
* Suppliers of electronic equipment, including but not limited to computers, monitors, printers, fax machines and photocopiers, shall be required to take back the equipment for reuse or environmentally safe recycling when the Borough of High Bridge discards or replaces such equipment, whenever & where practicable.
* To the extent practicable the Borough of High Bridge shall consider provisions in contracts with suppliers of non-electronic equipment that require suppliers to take back equipment for reuse or environmentally safe recycling when the Borough of High Bridge discards or replaces such equipment, whenever practicable.
* All documents shall be printed and photocopied on both sides (duplex) to reduce the use and purchase of photocopy paper, whenever & where practicable.
1.4.2 Recycled Content Products
* All products for which the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has established minimum recycled content standard guidelines in the Agency’s Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines, such as those for printing paper, photocopy paper, janitorial paper products, construction, landscaping, parks and recreation, transportation, vehicles, miscellaneous and non-paper office products, shall contain the highest postconsumer content practicable to the application, but no less than the minimum recycled content standards established by the U.S. EPA Guidelines.
* Photocopiers and printers purchased or leased by the Borough of High Bridge shall be compatible with the use of recycled content and remanufactured products.
* To the extent practicable, the Borough of High Bridge shall purchase re-refined lubricating and industrial oil for use in its vehicles and other motorized equipment, as long as it is certified by the American Petroleum Institute (API) as appropriate for use in such equipment.
* When specifying asphalt concrete, aggregate base or Portland Cement Concrete for road construction projects, the Borough of High Bridge shall utilize recycled, reusable or reground materials when & where practicable.
* To the extent practicable the Borough of High Bridge shall specify and purchase recycled content transportation products, including signs, traffic cones, parking stops, delineators, channelizers and barricades, which shall contain the highest postconsumer content practicable, but no less than the minimum recycled content standards established by the U.S. EPA Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines.
* All pre-printed recycled content papers intended for distribution that are purchased or produced shall contain a statement that the paper is recycled content of a minimum of thirty (30%) percent recycled postconsumer content. Whenever feasible, the statement should indicate the percentage of postconsumer recycled content that the paper contains.
1.4.3 Energy & Water Savings
* Where applicable, energy-efficient equipment shall be purchased with the most up-to-date energy efficiency functions. This includes, but is not limited to, high efficiency space heating systems and high efficiency space cooling equipment.
* When practicable, the Borough of High Bridge shall replace inefficient interior lighting with energy-efficient equipment and bulbs.
* When practicable, the Borough of High Bridge shall replace inefficient exterior lighting, street lighting and traffic signal lights with energy-efficient equipment and bulbs. Exterior lighting shall be minimized when and where possible to avoid unnecessary lighting of architectural and landscape features while providing adequate illumination for safety and accessibility.
* All products purchased by the Borough of High Bridge and for which the U.S. EPA Energy Star certification is available shall meet Energy Star certification, when practicable and available. When Energy Star labels are not available, Borough of High Bridge shall choose energy-efficient products that are in the upper 25% of energy efficiency as designated by the Federal Energy Management Program.
* To the extent practicable the Borough of High Bridge shall purchase water-saving/conservation products. This includes, but is not limited to, high-performance fixtures such as toilets, low-flow faucets and aerators, and upgraded landscape irrigation systems.
1.4.4 Green Buildings & LEED IM Ratings
All building and renovations undertaken by the Borough of High Bridge shall follow Green Building Practices for design, construction, and operation, where appropriate and practicable, as described in the LEED IM Rating System. Architects and engineers for procured for said work shall be required to have LEED certified members on their staff assigned to the project when & where practicable.
1.4.5 Landscaping & Hardscaping
All landscape renovations, construction and maintenance performed by the Borough of High Bridge, including workers and contractors providing landscaping services for the Borough of High Bridge, shall employ sustainable landscape management techniques for design, construction and maintenance whenever & where possible, including, but not limited to, integrated pest management (IPM), grass recycling, drip irrigation, composting, and the procurement and use of mulch and compost that give preference to those products produced from regionally generated plant debris and/or food and sludge waste programs.
Plants should be selected to minimize waste by choosing species for purchase that are appropriate to the microclimate, species that can grow to their natural size in the space allotted to them, and perennials rather than annuals for color variations should be utilized. Native and drought-tolerant plants that require no or minimal watering once established are preferred over others when & where practicable.
Hardscapes and landscape structures constructed of recycled content materials are encouraged to be utilized. The Borough of High Bridge shall limit the amount of impervious surfaces in the landscape, when & where practicable. Permeable substitutes, such as permeable asphalt or payers, are encouraged for walkways, patios and driveways.
1.4.6 Toxics & Pollution
To the extent practicable, the Borough of High Bridge shall purchase, or require janitorial contractors to supply, industrial and institutional cleaning products that meet and/or exceed the Green Seal Certification Standards for environmental preferability and performance.
To the extent practicable, the Borough of High Bridge shall purchase, or require janitorial contractors to supply, vacuum cleaners that meet the requirements of the Carpet and Rug Institute “Green Label” Testing Program — Vacuum Cleaner Criteria, are capable of capturing 96% of particulates 0.3 microns in size, and operate with a sound level less than 7OdBA. Where possible and as applicable, other janitorial cleaning equipment shall be capable of capturing fine particulates, removing sufficient moisture so as to dry within twenty-four (24) hours, operate with a sound level less than 7OdBA, and use high-efficiency, low-emissions engines.
The use of chlorofluorocarbon, Halon & Freon containing refrigerants, solvents and other products shall be phased out and new purchases of heating/ventilating/air conditioning, refrigeration, insulation and fire suppression systems shall not contain them.
All surfactants & detergents shall be readily biodegradable and, where practicable, shall not contain phosphates.
When maintaining buildings and landscapes, Borough of High Bridge shall manage pest problems through prevention and physical, mechanical and biological controls. The Borough of High Bridge may either adopt and implement an organic pest management policy and practices or adopt and implement an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) policy and practices using the least toxic pest control method as a last resort.
When maintaining buildings, the Borough of High Bridge shall utilize products with the lowest amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), highest recycled content, and low or no formaldehyde or lead when practicable when purchasing materials such as paint, carpeting, flooring materials, adhesives, furniture, filing cabinetry, ceiling tiles, coving, moldings and casework.
To the extent practicable, the Borough of High Bridge shall reduce or eliminate its use of products that contribute to the formation of dioxins and furans. This includes, but is not limited to:
• Photocopier paper, paper products, and janitorial paper products that are
• Prohibiting purchase of products that use halogens, polyvinyl chloride unbleached or that are processed without chlorine or chlorine derivatives, whenever & where possible and that possess a minimum of thirty (30%) percent recycled postconsumer waste content. (PVC), lead, phthalates and asbestos such as, but not limited to, office binders, chair/floor mats, casework, moldings, furniture, carpeting, flooring materials, ceiling tiles and medical supplies whenever & where practicable.
To the extent practicable, the Borough of High Bridge shall purchase products and equipment with no lead or mercury whenever possible. For products that contain lead or mercury, Borough of High Bridge shall give preference to those products with lower quantities of these metals and to vendors with established lead and mercury recovery programs.
To the extent practicable, the Borough of High Bridge shall specify that desktop computers, notebooks and monitors purchased shall meet, at a minimum, all Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) environmental criteria designated as “required” as contained in the IEEE 1680 Standard for the Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products, whenever practicable.
When replacing vehicles, the Borough of High Bridge shall consider less-polluting alternatives to diesel such as bio-based fuels, hybrids, electric batteries, and fuel cells, as may be available for the application.
1.4.7 Forest Conservation
To the extent practicable, the Borough of High Bridge shall not procure wood products such as lumber and paper that originate from forests harvested in an environmentally unsustainable manner. When possible, Borough of High Bridge shall give preference to wood products that are certified to be sustainably harvested by a comprehensive, performance-based certification system. The certification system shall include independent third-party audits, with standards equivalent to, or stricter than, those of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.
To the extent practicable, the Borough of High Bridge encourages the purchase or use of previously utilized and/or salvaged wood and wood products whenever practicable & where available.
1.4.8 Bio-Based Products
Vehicle fuels made from non-wood, plant-based contents such as vegetable oils are encouraged whenever practicable and available.
Paper and construction products made from non-wood, plant-based contents such as agricultural crops and residues are encouraged whenever practicable.
Bio-based plastic products that are biodegradable and compostable, such as bags, film, food and beverage containers, and cutlery, are encouraged whenever practicable.
Compostable plastic products purchased shall meet American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards as found in ASTM D6400-04. Biodegradable plastics used as coatings on paper and other compostable substrates shall meet ASTM D6868-03 standards.
Proof of compliance with ASTM standards for compostable, biodegradable and degradable plastic products shall be provided by vendors of such products, upon request. One acceptable proof of compliance for compostable plastic products shall be the certification by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI).
The health & safety of workers & citizens is of the utmost importance and takes precedence over all other policies and practices.
To the extent practicable, the Borough of High Bridge has made significant investments in developing a successful recycling system and recognizes that recycled content products are essential to the continuing viability of that recycling system and for the foundation of an environmentally sound production system. Therefore, to the greatest extent practicable, recycled content shall be included in products that also meet other specifications, such as chlorine free or bio–based.
Nothing contained in this policy shall be construed as requiring a department, purchaser or contractor to procure products that do not perform adequately for their intended use, exclude adequate competition, or are not available at a reasonable price in a reasonable period of time.
Nothing contained in this policy shall be construed as requiring the Borough of High Bridge, department, purchaser or contractor to take any action that conflicts with local, state or federal requirements.
1.6 IMPLEMENTATION OF THE POLICY
The Business Administrator, Purchasing Manager/Agent, Director of Finance, Director of Public Works and other responsible directors/managers shall implement this policy in coordination with other appropriate Borough of High Bridge personnel.
As applicable, successful bidders shall certify in writing that the environmental attributes claimed in competitive bids are accurate. In compliance with New Jersey State Law, vendors shall be required to specify the minimum or actual percentage of recovered and postconsumer material in their products, even when such percentages are zero.
Upon request, buyers making the selection from competitive bids shall be able to provide justification for product choices that do not meet the environmentally preferable purchasing criteria in this policy.
Vendors, contractors and grantees shall be encouraged to comply with applicable sections of this policy for products and services provided to the Borough of High Bridge, where practicable.
1.7 PROGRAM EVALUATION
The Business Administrator, Purchasing Manager/Agent, Director of Finance, the “Green Team” Committee and other positions responsible for implementing this policy, shall periodically meet and evaluate the success of this policy’s implementation.
“American Society for Testing & Materials” means ASTM International, an open forum for the development of high quality, market relevant international standards use around the globe.
“Bio-Based Products” means commercial or industrial products (other than food or feed) that utilize agricultural crops or residues but does not include products made from forestry materials.
“Biodegradable Plastic” means the degradation of the plastic must occur as a result of the action of naturally occurring microorganisms.
“Biodegradable Products Institute” (BPI) is a multi-stakeholder association of key individuals and groups from government, industry and academia, which promotes the use, and recycling of biodegradable polymeric materials (via composting). BPI does not create standards but certifies products that demonstrate they meet the requirements in ASTM D6400 or D6868, based on testing in an approved laboratory.
“Buyer” means anyone authorized to purchase or contract for purchases on behalf of the Borough of High Bridge or its subdivisions.
“The Carpet & Rug Institute” (CR1) is the national trade association representing the carpet and rug industry. CR1 has developed and administered the “Green Label” indoor air quality testing and labeling program for carpet, adhesives, cushion materials and vacuum cleaners.
“Chlorine Free” means products processed without chlorine or chlorine derivatives.
“Compostable Plastic” means plastic that is biodegradable during composting to yield carbon dioxide, water and inorganic compounds and biomass, at a rate consistent with other known compostable materials and leaves no visually distinguishable or toxic residues.
“Contractor” means any person, group of persons, business, consultant, designing architect, association, partnership, corporation, supplier, vendor or other entity that has a contract with the Borough of High Bridge or serves in a subcontracting capacity with the Borough of High Bridge or with an entity having a contract with Borough of High Bridge for the provision of any goods or services.
“Degradable Plastic” means plastic that undergoes significant changes in its chemical structure under specific environmental conditions.
“Dioxins & Furans” are a group of chemical compounds that are classified as persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“Energy Star” means the U.S. EPA’s energy efficiency product labeling program.
“Energy Efficient Product” means a product that is in the upper twenty-five (25%) percent of energy efficiency for all similar products, or that is at least ten (10%) percent more efficient than the minimum level that meets Federal standards and guidelines.
“Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool” (EPEAT) is a procurement tool to help institutional purchasers in the public and private sectors evaluate, compare and select desktop computers, notebooks and monitors based on their environmental attributes.
“Federal Energy Management Program” is a program of the Department of Energy that issues a series of Product Energy Efficiency Recommendations that identify recommended efficiency levels for energy-using products.
“Forest Stewardship Council” (FSC) is a global organization that certifies responsible, on-
the-ground forest management according to rigorous standards developed by a broad variety of stakeholder groups.
“Green Building Practices” means a whole-systems approach to the design, construction, and operation of buildings and structures that helps mitigate the environmental, economic, and social impacts of construction, demolition, and renovation. Green Building Practices such as those described in the LEED IM Rating System, recognize the relationship between natural and built environments and seeks to minimize the use of energy, water, and other natural resources and provide a healthy productive environment.
“Green Seal” is an independent, non-profit environmental labeling organization. Green Seal standards for products and services meet the U.S. EPA’s criteria for third-party certifiers.
The Green Seal is a registered certification mark that may appear only on certified products.
“Integrated Pest Management (IPM)” is an ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-
term prevention of pests or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and use of resistant varieties. Pesticides are used only after monitoring indicates they are needed according to established guidelines, and treatments are made with the goal of removing only the target organism. Pest control materials are selected and applied in a manner that minimizes risks to human health, beneficial and non-target organisms, and the environment.
“LEED IM Rating System” means the most recent version of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDTM) Commercial Green Building Rating System, or other related LEED IM Rating System, approved by the U.S. Green Building Council and designed for rating new and existing commercial, institutional, and high-rise residential buildings.
“Organic Pest Management” prohibits the use and application of toxic chemical pesticides and strives to prevent pest problems through the application of natural, organic horticultural and maintenance practices. All pest control products shall be in keeping with, but not limited to, those products on the approved list of New Jersey Certified Organic Foods (NJOF).
“Postconsumer Material” means a finished material which would normally be disposed of as a solid waste, having reached its intended end-use and completed its life cycle as a consumer item, and does not include manufacturing or converting wastes.
“Practical” & “Practicable” mean whenever possible and compatible with local, state and federal law, without reducing safety, quality, or effectiveness and where the product or service is available at a reasonable cost in a reasonable period of time.
“Preconsumer Material” means material or by-products generated after manufacture of a product is completed but before the product reaches the end-use consumer.
Preconsumer material does not include mill and manufacturing trim, scrap or broke which is generated at a manufacturing site and commonly reused on-site in the same or another manufacturing process.
“Recovered Material” means fragments of products or finished products of a manufacturing process, which has converted a resource into a commodity of real economic value, and includes pre-consumer and postconsumer material but does not include excess resources of the manufacturing process.
“Recycled Content” means the percentage of recovered material, including pre-consumer and postconsumer materials, in a product.
“Recycled Content Standard” means the minimum level of recovered material and/or postconsumer material necessary for products to qualify as “recycled products.”
“Recycled Product” means a product that meets (Insert Borough’s, City’s or Township’s) recycled content policy objectives for postconsumer and recovered material.
“Remanufactured Product” means any product diverted from the supply of discarded materials by refurbishing and marketing said product without substantial change to its original form.
“Reused Product” means any product designed to be used many times for the same or other purposes without additional processing except for specific requirements such as cleaning, painting or minor repairs.
“Source Reduction” refers to products that result in a net reduction in the generation of waste compared to their previous or alternate version and includes durable, reusable and remanufactured products; products with no, or reduced, toxic constituents; and products marketed with no, or reduced packaging.
“U.S. EPA Guidelines” means the Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for federal agency purchases as of May 2002 and any subsequent versions adopted.
“Water-Saving Products” are those that are in the upper twenty-five (25%) percent of water conservation for all similar products, or at least ten (10%) percent more water-conserving than the minimum level that meets the Federal standards.
Green Grounds & Maintenance Policy
In a continued effort towards sustainability and green practices, the Borough of High Bridge desires to incorporate Green Grounds and Maintenance practices into the current grounds maintenance operations. As responsible stewards of municipal land, park systems, and open space, it is the Borough’s goal, by the adoption of this policy, to ensure best practices for grounds maintenance in the areas of efficient landscape design, minimized water consumption, recycled and composted materials, and integrated pest management. In doing so, the Borough shall continue to promote healthy, environmentally sound public lands, in turn promoting a truly sustainable community for Borough residents.
GREEN GROUNDS AND MAINTENANCE PRACTICES
1. Efficient Landscape Design
2. Minimize Water Consumption
3. Recycled and Composted Materials
- Use only native, low maintenance plants when possible
- Group plantings according to their water needs
- Continue “zero irrigation” by using only low-water-use plants
- Reduce water evaporation by mulching plantings
- Encourage regular maintenance
- Promote healthy soil
- Continue smart design of landscaped areas to allow for energy efficient maintenance while promoting aesthetically pleasing public space
- The Borough has not and will not incorporate plantings that shall require irrigation systems
- Continue “zero irrigation” by using only low-water-use plants
- Further water conservation by installing automatic flush and sink sensors in Borough buildings wherever possible
- Use only recycled/composted mulch material on all Borough grounds
- Continue to produce mulch product yearly from residential brush and leaf pick-up programs
- Educate residents on the benefits of recycled/composted materials
- Continue to provide recycled mulch material free to residents
- Continue cut-it-and-leave-it practice on all Borough grounds and playing fields
Energy Conservation Policies
The following policies are part of energy and cost saving initiatives of the Borough and have been reviewed and approved by the High Bridge Borough Council and Mayor.
Turn off computers when not in use, including overnight.
Set each workstation to automatically power down after five minutes of inactivity.
Printers and Copiers:
Print documents only when necessary. When possible, distribute information in electronic formats and communicate revisions to documents electronically. Save important emails and documents as digital files instead of hard copies.
Where and when feasible, use timers to automatically turn off printers and copiers on a set schedule appropriate to their use.
When practical, print in black and white instead of color.
When purchasing new printers, consider inkjet instead of laser printers to save energy.
Print and copy double-sided when possible. Set printers and copier defaults to duplex settings.
Reuse paper with one side of print as scrap paper before recycling.
Keep lights off whenever a room is not in use.
During evenings and weekends, turn off all lights when staff leave the building at the end of the
Set thermostats to be several degrees warmer in the summer and several degrees cooler in the
Adjust thermostats to minimize heating and cooling while buildings are not in use over evenings, weekends, and holidays.