Green Purchasing at DNR

Green purchasing is an effort to choose products that are better for human health and the environment, and in the process encourage growth of companies that make those products.

Many DNR units have been leading the way by making green purchasing decisions. To expand the effort, Secretary John R. Griffin has issued a Department-wide policy. Below are some examples of the types of purchasing changes encouraged by the policy. Additional green purchasing information is available at

Many products in common use are toxic or otherwise harmful to human health or the environment, especially when you consider the product's entire life cycle from design through raw material acquisition, manufacturing, packaging, transportation, distribution, use, reuse, maintenance and disposal.

Green Purchasing Examples
Products and Services

Greener Not So Green
Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) Incandescent light bulbs
smaller, more efficient T-5 or LED fixture 4' long fluorescent light fixture (T-8)
EPEAT and Energy Star certified computers Run-of-the-mill computers & peripherals
Energy Star appliances Run-of-the-mill appliances (refrigerators, TVs)
Remanufactured toner cartridges New printer toner cartridges
Unbleached paper with high recycled content Run-of-the-mill office printer/copier paper
Non-glossy printing paper w/ recycled content Glossy printing paper
File folders with high recycled content Manila file folders
Reusable or recycled-content boxes & cartons New cardboard boxes and cartons
Less toxic/hazardous products (Green Seal) Common brand-name cleaning products
Microfiber cleaning cloths and mops Run-of-the-mill cleaning cloths and mops
Digital or other non-mercury thermometers Mercury thermometers
Bulk purchase minimizing packaging waste Small containers with lots of packaging
Hybrid and alternative fuel cars and trucks Gasoline and diesel cars and trucks
Re-refined motor oil New motor oil
Antifreeze made with re-refined ethylene glycol New antifreeze
Retread tires New tires
Vegetable-based hydraulic oil Petroleum-based hydraulic oil
Lead-free wheel weights Lead weights to balance vehicle wheels
Pervious or semi-pervious paving Impervious concrete paving
Reusing recovered paving aggregates New paving aggregates from a quarry
Recycled content and low-VOC carpeting Run-of-the-mill floor carpeting
Lumber studs/natural materials Aluminum studs/manufactured materials
Certified sustainable lumber Run-of-the-mill lumber
Land Management
Recycled mulch Mulch made from new materials
Integrated pest management products Toxic or hazardous pesticides
Use of goats for vegetation control on slopes Mechanical mowing on steep slopes
Less toxic water treatment chemicals Common toxic water treatment chemicals
Electric or propane powered lawn mowers Gasoline-powered lawn mowers
Electric or propane leaf blowers & weedeaters Gasoline-powered leaf blowers & weedeaters
4-cycle engines Small equipment with 2-cycle engines

Chesapeake Bay Health Information Maryland's Green Website

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