With the City's anticipated future growth comes an increased demand on resources such as water and energy. Increased demand impacts the surrounding environment. For example, an increase in vehicles and power consumption will result in greater emissions into the air we breathe. EPP is important to everyone, and the City is leading by example. EPP complements Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's vision for a sustainable City, PlaNYC.
All goods covered by the EPP standards fall within the purview of DCAS, because DCAS is the City’s major purchaser of commodities. Goods covered by the EPP standards can be obtained by City agencies through Citywide requirement contracts awarded by DCAS. In Fiscal Year 2011, the City purchased almost $17 million in EPP goods.
In addition to goods that agencies purchase directly, many products used in construction are also covered by EPP standards. For instance, agencies must limit the hazardous content of carpets (and related products such as carpet cushions or adhesives), paints and other architectural coatings. During Fiscal 2011, City agencies awarded construction contracts valued at more than $357 million that included at least one of 14 EPP specifications. This total includes more than $106 million in contracts with specifications for Energy Star products, nearly $91 million in contracts with specifications for EPP lighting and more than $75 million with specifications limiting the hazardous content of architectural coatings
In general, the scope of the EPP program includes all goods and construction products not covered by the Green Buildings Standard (Local Law 86 of 2005) for new construction, additions or renovations. In some instances the standards for EPP and Green Buildings will apply to the same project. Over time, the number of products subject to the City’s EPP standards will grow. Vendors are encouraged to notify the City of their environmentally preferable products when responding to solicitations or on existing contracts.