UL GREENGUARD Certification Now Included in EPA Standards for US Federal Government

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that UL GREENGUARD Certification is now included in the EPA’s Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels for US federal government procurement. These recommendations are the result of a multi-year stakeholder process, jointly led by the EPA and General Services Administration (GSA), and are designed to put a more formal and rigorous process around identifying standards and certifications that comply with the federal government’s sustainable purchasing requirements.

As we have previously mentioned, the president’s Executive Order 13693 requires that 95% of all federal purchasing be environmentally preferable products and services that meet these standards.

Executive Order (EO) 13693, “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade,” promotes sustainable acquisition and procurement of products and services by federal agencies, and directs EPA to provide federal purchasers with recommendations of specifications, standards and ecolabels to use in identifying and procuring environmentally preferable products and services.¹

The GREENGUARD Certification program has long been recognized by various federal agencies (including the General Services Administration and EPA) for identifying products that comply with their various sustainable purchasing requirements. We are pleased that UL GREENGUARD Certification has now been included more formally in the EPA’s Recommendations, and reinforces how UL certifications can help deliver market access and purchasing preference.

In addition to UL GREENGUARD, BIFMA level Certification has been included for furniture products, of which we are a certifier.

In addition, with UL’s new SPOT product database, all products certified to UL’s sustainability standards can be found easily in digital format, with downloadable certifications, sustainable credit information and much more. Visit SPOT at https://spot.ulprospector.com/en/na/BuiltEnvironment.

Click here to learn more about UL’s GREENGUARD Program. To read about the new EPA recommendation, click here.

Need help ensuring your products meet federal purchasing requirements? Contact us at environment@ul.com

¹ https://www.epa.gov/greenerproducts/epas-recommendations-specifications-standards-and-ecolabels-federal-purchasing