Webinar: Sustainable Purchasing Policies: A Tale of Two Cities

Tue, Dec 4, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM CST
Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7675522842835839746

A sustainable purchasing policy can be an important foundation for a successful sustainable purchasing program. But developing a sustainable purchasing policy is not a one-size-fits-all process. Join RPN to learn about two very different approaches to creating and securing adoption of a sustainable purchasing policy.

Alicia Culver will summarize key elements of a Sustainable Purchasing Policy Template that RPN created earlier this year in collaboration with several cities that are members of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN). This model policy complements the USDN-RPN Sustainable Purchasing Playbook for Cities. She will also highlight other resources that can help government agencies, institutions, and businesses to easily develop a new or updated sustainable purchasing policy.

Stacey Foreman will describe how Portland, Oregon, updated its Sustainable Purchasing Policy, which received a major overhaul this year. Portland’s new policy consolidates the City’s numerous sustainable procurement-related policies, includes expanded sections on prioritization and reporting, and is peppered with best practice guidance for City employees. Stacey will also explain how this new policy was developed through an engaged process and how it will enable the City’s Sustainable Purchasing Program to become more strategic in its activities and communications.

Karl Bruskotter will describe Santa Monica’s internal purchasing policy that directs City staff to follow detailed green purchasing guidance outlined in a series of Green Purchasing Easy Guides. Easy Guides are internal publications that describe the environmental and health benefits of specific sustainable products and services, highlight applicable third-party certifications, and include bid specifications, green building credits, and other resources on each topic. RPN helped Santa Monica create Easy Guides on a wide array of sustainable purchasing topics such as cleaning chemicals, furniture, flooring, janitorial paper products, and more.

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