July 17, 2017
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EPA honors LLNL's purchasing program

Anne M. Stark, stark8 [at] llnl.gov, (925) 422-9799

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is one of five Bay Area federal facilities recognized for improving efficiency, saving resources and reducing costs as part of the Federal Green Challenge (FGC). 

Printing Paper and Inks

LLNL has participated in the FGC since its inception in 2011, achieving reductions in municipal waste, sustainable purchasing, sustainable electronics and transportation categories. This is the first year that LLNL has been recognized at the regional level, for outstanding achievements in sustainable purchasing.

LLNL has made steady incremental reductions in office paper usage since fiscal year 2009 through initiatives such as managed print services, double-sided printing and moving to email report submittals and electronic approvals. All of this adds up to substantial savings ($85,000 annually) and an overall reduction in paper purchases of more than 40 percent.

In addition to the savings associated with purchasing more than 22,300 reams (56 tons) less paper, there are even bigger savings associated with ink and toner cartridges purchases -- $500,000 a year.