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Green Toolkit (MSC)

This webpage contains information about buying "green." It compiles definitions, links and presentations for your use. It will be continually updated as we work together in our sustainability efforts. Note: Some of the links below lead to nongovernment websites.

Sustainable: “To create and maintain conditions, under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generations," as noted in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) - Declaration of National Environmental Policy.

Green: "Green" practices are any choices that tread lightly on the earth, or have a lower impact than conventional options. These choices may or may not be “sustainable."


Applicable Standards and Certifications

EPA Endorsed Third Party Recycling Programs for eWaste (computers, peripherals, televisions, cell phones): EPA’s Position on Recycling Certification Programs: “EPA supports, and will continue to push for, further safe and protective recycling efforts, and encourage improvements in best management practices for recyclers. There are existing recycling certification programs, such as R2 and E-Steward, that EPA believes advance environmentally safe practices and include standards for use in third party certification of such efforts.“ Source: Memo from the Assistant Administrator of the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response to Regional Administrators, July 6, 2010.

Independent voluntary sustainability/GHG inventory disclosure or supporting organizations include:


FAS Migration to Green


Sourcing Green


Relevant Links and Miscellaneous Information



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