This Health and Pollution Prevention Toolkit has been produced to assist District of Columbia organizations and building owners and managers make the most of the opportunity to focus on physical, emotional, and nutritional wellbeing by going beyond simply safeguarding, and actually enhancing, the health of employees, tenants, patrons, and facilities staff. This toolkit provides strategies for buildings and organizations to move beyond doing “less bad” for human health and the environment, but to take actions that improve the health and vitality of the many people their workplace touches.
This 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:
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.