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Smarter DC Challenge Sustainable Purchasing Toolkit September 8th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-09-17 at 3.03.58 PMThis Sustainable Purchasing Toolkit provides recommendations for more environmentally friendly purchasing for products commonly purchased by a variety of buildings and organizations. This Toolkit will help your organization take steps toward more comprehensively addressing sustainability across all components of your purchasing; providing actionable and pragmatic strategies to build your sustainable purchasing program. This Toolkit covers the following purchasing areas:

  • Appliances
  • Cleaning Products
  • Food and Beverages
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Equipment
  • Office Paper
  • Office Supplies
  • Space Leasing
  • Vehicles

Each section provides tips for implementing green purchasing practices (including opportunities to reduce the need for purchasing), metrics to track progress, resources, and a summary of impacts. Sustainable purchasing is an important component of an organization’s overall approach to sustainability. Purchasing is a regular, ongoing activity that results in a set of environmental impacts each time a purchase is made. Further, additional impacts may result when these consumables are used, and again when they are disposed of. Sustainable purchasing provides organizations the opportunity to save money, use their resources more strategically, and support the best green practices available today.


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