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White House Unveils New Energy Standards Tool

WhiteHouseThe White House has launched a new acquisition tool designed to help agencies identify contracts that comply with the government’s energy requirements.

Anne Rung, the U.S. chief acquisition officer, and Christine Harada, the federal chief sustainability officer at the Council on Environmental Quality, announced the launch of the Green Check tool on Wednesday.

Rung and Harada said the tool is intended to “further drive sustainable purchasing in the federal government’s over $400 billion supply chain and to strengthen environmental stewardship requirements in federal acquisitions.”

The Green Check tool will begin to appear as a tag next to contract vehicles for the more than 10,000 federal users of the General Services Administration’s Acquisition Gateway.

A cross-agency interdisciplinary advisory team led by the Environmental Protection Agency examined contract awards within the information technology hardware category and identified contracts that met federal energy standards in order to determine the contract vehicles that would receive a Green Check designation.

The White House plans to introduce the Green Check tag to other categories in the coming months.

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