Green Product Resources
See the links below for a listing of green products, resources, and tools approved by TVA or other US government agencies.
- BioPreferred Designation Items – USDA
- Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Program – EPA
- Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Program – DOE
- Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program – EPA
- WaterSense Products – EPA
See below for definitions of green product categories and related terms.
- Bio-based – A bio-based product is defined in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act as a product determined by the Secretary of Agriculture to be a commercial or industrial product other than food or feed that is composed, in whole or in significant part, of biological products or renewable domestic agricultural (i.e., plant, animal, or marine) or forestry materials.
- Energy Star – Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy which promotes the use of certified energy-efficient products and practices.
- Environmentally Preferable Products – Environmentally Preferable Products are those that have been designated as "Environmentally Preferable" by the U.S. Government. Environmentally preferable products (EPP) are products or services that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products and services that serve the same purpose.
- EPEAT Products – EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) is an application system to help purchasers evaluate, compare, and select desktop computers, laptops, and monitors based on their Environmental attributes.
- FEMP Designated Products – The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) designates energy-using products that meet prescribed energy efficiency and sustainable standards.
- Green Procurement – Green Procurement is the practice of buying products which reduce TVA's impact on the environment.
- Low Standby Power Devices – Low Standby Power Devices are products that use 1 watt of power or less during standby ("sleep") mode. DOE's FEMP manages this program.
- Non-Ozone Depleting Substances (NODS) – EPA developed a program for evaluating alternatives to ozone depleting substances (ODS) called the Significant New Alternative Policy (SNAP) Program. Also, see definition for SNAP.
- Non-toxic alternative – Not causing or capable of causing harm to biological entities. Also includes less toxic alternatives.
- Recycled Content Products – Recycled content products are products that are made from or contain recovered materials. That means replacing virgin materials with recycled materials, including post-consumer materials.
- Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program – SNAP is an EPA program which evaluates and regulates substitutes for the ozone-depleting chemicals being phased out by the Clean Air Act.
- Sustainable Acquisition – Sustainable Acquisition is a term that can be used interchangeably with Green Procurement and is consistent with the current EO that requires Federal agencies to have Sustainable Performance Plans.
- Water Efficient Products (WaterSense) – Federal agencies must purchase water efficient products. WaterSense is a US EPA-sponsored partnership program that seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for water-efficient products, programs, and practices.