In late 2017, the EPA recognized the EPP program with a Bronze Medal for Commendable Service for outstanding work on the EPA Guidelines pilot for assessing environmental performance standards and ecolabels.
Many organizations, including BIFMA, worked tirelessly as pilot panel members, a participating standard or ecolabel, or even just interested bystanders. The pilot was completed in December 2016 and covered three key product categories including furniture, flooring, and paints and coatings. It was an incredible team effort to develop, complete and implement a pilot program to assess and recommend marketplace standards and ecolabels to be used for federal procurement of environmentally sustainable products and services. The success of this pilot sets the stage for the federal government to use its vast purchasing power to bring clarity to the market, promote environmentally sustainable products, realize lifecycle cost savings, and increase U.S. industry competitiveness.
BIFMA thanks the EPA for its leadership in this area and all of the participants in the Guidelines Pilot for laying the groundwork that defines criteria important to any sustainability program.