Paints (Architectural)

Industrial Consumer

See the Buy Green Guide for Paints, Primers, Coatings and Related Cleaners for the City's environmental purchasing criteria for architectural paints, as well as lists of specific products available from City vendors.  Purchasing criteria for Interior Latex Wall and Ceiling Paints & Primers are currently "Required," while criteria for other paint categories are "Suggested."





Info on this product category: Paints (Architectural)

Criteria for Paints (Architectural)

Criteria for Required products:

Interior latex wall and ceiling paints and primers:

1. Must be certified by one of the following:

  • Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold level or higher, version 3.1 or later
  • Greenwise Gold
  • Master Painters Institute (MPI) Extreme Green (X-Green)

2. Include all paint and primer types designated as “Latex, Interior” by MPI, except those designated as “Latex, Interior, High Performance Architectural.”

Criteria for Suggested products:

Other paints shall be certified by one of the following:

  • Cradle to Cradle (Silver)
  • Green Seal (GS-11)
  • Greenwise
  • Master Painters Institute (MPI) Green Performance Standard (GPS-1 or GPS-2)

Last updated

Last updated: 
January 28, 2021

Guide for City Staff

Recycling Instructions

It's illegal to trash paints, chemicals, electronics, lighting, and metal. So do one of the following:

  • Use what you already have. 
  • Give them to someone who needs them.
  • Legally and safely dispose them. Post this recycling poster above each trash bin. Then get a pick up.