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NIGP Code Identifies “Environmentally Certified” Products

Did you know that the NIGP Commodity and Services Code is the most widely used commodity/services code in the public sector and is utilized by 1400 governmental entities, including 30 states?

In recent years, the NIGP Code has gone green by classifying items that fit  sustainable procurement and providing a tool for reporting on green spend.  The Code now identifies “environmentally certified” products, which have been set up as a green counterpart of standard classes. There is a set of 10 initial Class Code selections that cover everything from computer accessories to janitorial supplies to paper products.  This initial set of codes was deter­mined by a Green Code Committee that was made up of representatives from states, cities, counties, schools, and Green Seal.

Code subscribers are currently utilizing the codes in their reporting of Sustainable Procurement and/or Environmentally Preferable Purchasing initiatives. You can read about the State of Maryland’s innovative Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) initiative here.

Today the Periscope Team is proud to be at the Maryland Green Purchasing Committee’s Summer Conference in Linthicum Heights, MD, a conference and expo for public purchasers.

Maryland’s Innovative Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Reporting

The State of Maryland’s Green Purchasing Committee has embarked on an important initiative around Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Reporting.  At a recent committee meeting, the EPP Reporting update revealed how the State is going to leverage the NIGP Commodity/Services Code to define and report on spend in five categories:

1.       Janitorial Supplies

2.       Disposable Food Service Products

3.       Paper and Office Supplies

4.       Paint

5.       Electronic and IT Products (utilizing EPEAT certification codes)

Initially, the reporting will be based on the spend from all 20 of the State’s cabinet departments, and will go to the State’s Department of General Services (DGS).  At the outset, the State will utilize tools created in GoogleDocs for the data aggregation and reporting.

It is great to see a portion of the “environmentally certified” code set within the NIGP Code being utilized in this way by the State of Maryland.  Categorization, reporting, and transparency are all key goals and benefits of NIGP’s commodity/services coding structure, and we hope to promote many more such initiatives across the country.

Learn more now about how the NIGP Code is a powerful tool for supplier management, requisition, sourcing, PO/contract management, spend analysis, inventory and content management here.

Blog Post By: Matt Walker, President of NIGP Code & Consulting Services

Periscope Sends Congratulations for Super Bowl Victory

Periscope Holdings would like to congratulate the state of Maryland and city of Baltimore for the exciting Ravens win at Sunday night’s Super Bowl and the city of New Orleans for hosting a great game! Periscope has built a strong working relationship with the two cities over the years. Since 2006, the City of New Orleans and the City of Baltimore have become noteworthy clients of Periscope as users of its BuySpeed Sourcing and eProcurement software. Periscope began to work diligently with the City of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to enable them to automate their purchasing processes and drive substantial savings. The City of Baltimore became a client of Periscope in 2007 when it left its paper-based purchasing process and implemented the company’s leading procurement solution to improve processes and increase transparency. More recently, the State of Maryland joined forces with Periscope and went live with the new and improved eMaryland Marketplace in 2012, utilizing BuySpeed as a single portal to increase the efficiency of obtaining solicitations and awarding contracts. Maryland took this revitalization further and also administered BuySpeed’s Small Business Engine (SBE) module to aid in vendor identification and management. As always, Periscope thanks you for your business, and again, congratulations!

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