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Pbt Reduction Through Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

Project Information

Award Amount:$45,000.00
Dollars Leveraged:$14,913.00
Start-End Dates:10/1/01-9/30/03
Description:Summary: The primary goal of this project was to reduce the use and release of persistent bioaccumulative, toxic (PBT) chemicals by establishing a PBTs specific Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Program in Erie County, New York. The project was based on the U. S. EPA’s EPP program.

Local government agencies, like Erie County, often unknowingly purchase products that contain persistent bioaccumulative toxic chemicals. These products present several problems including exposure to harmful substances, costly disposal, and damage to the environment. The lack of resources to capitalize on environmentally preferable purchasing prevents the County from using its large purchasing power to reduce the amount of PBTs that are released in the environment.

Environmental Results/Products:
This project identified and resolved County-specific barriers to environmentally preferable purchasing and created a database of PBT-free environmentally preferable products that is available on the County intranet site for all county employees to utilize. The position of environmental purchasing expert was created with the responsibility to work with Erie County’s Bureau of Purchase to evaluate procurement opportunities, revise procedures in cooperation with the County Bureau of Purchase, and create a database of PBT-free replacement products.

The language within bid specifications for products and services has been changed to insure the product is sustainable. Outreach to County employees was conducted in order to inform them about the revised product purchasing specifications and resources for selecting alternative products.

Other local governments are interested in utilizing/duplicated the database of environmentally preferable products posted on the Erie County intranet site. An effort to share this information (44 cities, towns and villages within Erie County) is under way.

Other Outcomes:
Erie Community College City Campus - Arts Department replaced the use of naphthalene moth balls and flakes with cedar boards on the shelves that house yarn. This replacement will reduce inhalation risk for students and faculty that enter the unventilated room for project preparation.

Biobased lubricants - Erie County Department of Parks and Recreation - Biobased lubricants were pilot tested on their mowers. A fact sheet was developed to outline the benefits of using bio-based lubricants.

A table top display highlighting the County’s EPP efforts has been developed and displayed at the Fleet Waterfest, Erie County Fair, and at the Erie County Department of Environment & Planning Pollution Prevention Week Open House.


  • Bio-Based Lubricants Fact Sheet

Funding Organizations

Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are funding this project.

U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office - Primary Contact

77 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, Illinois 60604
There are no individuals in this organization
associated with this project.

Organizations Receiving Funding

Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are receiving funding for this project.

Erie County Department of Environment and Planning - Primary Contact

95 Franklin Street
Buffalo, New York 14202
p: 716-858-7674
f: 716-858-7713
Individual Contacts

Associated Organizations

Below is a list of associated organizations that are NOT giving or receiving funding for this project.

INFORM - Partner

120 Wall Street
New York, New York 10005
p: 212-361-2400


Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR)
One East Hazelwood Drive Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 333-8940

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