Sustainably Advancing Your Bottom Line
Resources for New York Businesses
There is growing, widespread public concern about the chemicals used to make everyday products. The marketplace is shifting, and new government regulations around the world are requiring companies to pay closer attention to the materials that go into their products. For New York's economy to thrive, it is important that its businesses are at the forefront of this trend.To that end, we have created fact sheets and brief narrated power point presentations to share knowledge and resources with the business community. We invite you to utilize these materials as we work together to promote safer, less-toxic chemicals and products in New York's economy.
Leveraging New York's Green Procurement Policy
In April 2008, Governor Paterson signed Executive Order 4 (EO4), establishing a State Green Procurement and Agency Sustainability Program, which directs state agencies, public authorities and public benefit corporations to include environmentally-based criteria into their purchasing programs. Businesses that use fewer toxic chemicals and meet approved specifications for these specific products are at a competitive advantage in making purchase agreements with New York State. These materials will help you market your safer products to New York State.
For additional information on procurement and how to bid for contracts in New York, please see A Guide to Understanding the State’s Procurement Practices, created by the Office of General Services and the Empire State Development Council.
Keeping Up with Market Trends
As customers learn more, they continue to demand safer products. Shifting to safer chemicals and products before regulatory action gives you superior positioning in the expanding market for safer products. These materials tell the story of several non-regulatory market shifts, and provide detail on groups of businesses working together to advance the safer products market.
Navigating New Chemical Policies
Our current understanding of toxic chemical impacts on human health has far outstripped the protection of our laws. As a result, action in the policy and market arenas is surging, transforming the chemical landscape and driving creation of safer products. These materials will help you understand the overlapping regulatory requirements for reducing toxic chemical use, providing everyone with products that are safe and healthy.
The Business Case for Chemical Policy Reform
Safer chemicals protect human and environmental health and cut the costs of regulation, hazardous waste management, worker protection, and future liabilities. Such steps also offer new business opportunities, by making U.S. businesses more competitive in a global marketplace and creating new jobs. Use these materials to learn how to support the much-needed changes to governmental oversight of chemicals that will reward your company's investment in safer products and chemicals.
Technical and Financial Resources in New York State
There are a number of financial and technical assistance programs in New York for businesses working on pollution reduction, clean energy, sustainable product development, and others.
Download the fact sheet to learn more.
Directory of Resources, created by Empire State Development
Direct Assistance Opportunities, compiled by the Pollution Prevention Institution
For more information, contact Clean and Healthy New York at firstname.lastname@example.org
Supported by a grant from New York State Pollution Prevention Institute funded through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Environmental Conservation.