Maryland Green Purchasing

Guidelines and Specifications for Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

Purpose

Maryland is continually seeking ways to conserve energy and preserve the environment. For the State, conserving energy can also result in substantial cost savings. Minimizing the environmental impact associated with manufacturing, using, and disposing of equipment and related consumables is a benefit for all Maryland citizens. The Maryland Green Purchasing Guidelines provide best practices in obtaining, utilizing, and disposing of office equipment necessary to carry out the functions of state government.

Scope

The provisions of these guidelines apply to all units in the Executive Branch of the State. Maryland unless an exception has been previously approved. The University System of Maryland (USM) and its institutions have put into practice mechanisms that would satisfy the procurement and process guidelines articulated in this document. All USM institution presidents have signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment which provides a framework and support for universities to become carbon neutral. In addition to numerous sustainability initiatives, USM institutions have implemented procurement guidelines and processes for the promotion of sound environmental stewardship, including specific guidelines for procuring energy efficient computing equipment. The University System of Maryland, Morgan State University, and St. Mary's College of Maryland are institutions with independent procurement authority and governed by separate Boards of Trustees. These guidelines are advisory for those institutions.