The City of Detroit has recently introduced a new ordinance that will challenge and encourage new green practices to help improve the city.
The Environmentally Preferred Procurement (EPP) would require:
- All city purchases to comply with the environmentally preferred procurement.
- The preference of manufactured goods from recycled materials.
- The procurement of recycled content and alternative paper.
- The purchase of energy efficient products.
- City vehicles to be equipped with retreaded tires.
- The use of low or no-VOC, recycled or re-blended paint and the recycling of surplus paint.
In addition, “the ordinance specifies that purchasing use a life-cycle analysis to realize true savings of purchasing energy efficient products where greater cost payback is seen in five years or less,” according to a draft of the ordinance.
The EPP will also require purchasing of products and services that minimize negative environmental impacts and it will encourage the more efficient use of scarce natural resources. It even includes the purchase of more “green” services, including janitorial, maintenance and other contract services that lower both health and environmental risks.
Author: Jennifer Griffin