It’s All About the Chain, Gang: Procurement the Link to Sustainable Supply Chains

Read the full story in Sustainable Brands.

There is now an international standard to guide sustainable procurement. ISO 20400 lays tracks for a sustainable economy. As a member of the Canadian technical committee that advised on the standard, I can confirm it is a robust, comprehensive, and highly ambitious framework. Supply management teams should benchmark their own practices against this guidance.

Another handy sustainable supply chain tool is the Best Practice Framework for Sustainable Procurement. This tool profiles next-generation sustainable procurement practices such as Risk, Opportunity and Innovation; Supplier Engagement; and Buyer Collaboration as top strategies to proactively identify transition opportunities.

 

States Go First: How States Can Save Consumers Money, Reduce Energy and Water Waste, and Protect the Environment with New Appliance Standards

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National appliance standards cover products ranging from refrigerators to commercial air conditioners to electric motors. Most of today’s national standards started out at the state level. Even when state standards do not become national ones, adoption by just a few states can be enough to affect national markets. This report examines the opportunity for states to again take the lead in advancing appliance standards to save energy and water, lower utility bills for consumers and businesses, and reduce air pollutant emissions. We provide recommendations for state standards for 21 products and state-by-state estimates of potential savings.

EPA ‘Safer Choice’ Label Program, Criteria Under Fire

Read the full story in BNA’s Daily Environment Report.

Does a detergent that Procter & Gamble Co. makes merit a ‘safer’ label designation? The issue has re-ignited a debate among trade association executives over the type of analysis needed to justify such labels.

Nike, Circular Economy Firm Miniwiz Develop Sustainable Packaging from Trash

Read the full story in Environmental Leader.

Nike has developed new sustainable packaging for its shoes, working in collaboration with Arthur Huang, the CEO and founder of Taiwanese firm Miniwiz, which recycles consumer and industrial waste into new products.

The lightweight packaging is made entirely of post-consumer materials such as milk and orange juice containers, and morning coffee lids. The box is produced from a single process Polypropylene with no added chemicals. The modular design allows it to be used as a stackable, interlocking component of a product display or storage system, Nike says.

Don’t Tread on ENERGY STAR

Read the full post from ACEEE.

In its recent budget outline, the new administration proposes to eliminate funding for the ENERGY STAR® program. An earlier leaked draft suggested that the private sector should take over the program and that a government role is not needed. Others have suggested that ACEEE should run the program. We strongly disagree.

Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasing

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The recommendations of specifications, standards, and ecolabels are intended to help federal purchasers identify and procure environmentally sustainable products and services. The recommendations are based on an independent assessment of private sector environmental performance standards and ecolabels against the multi-stakeholder developed EPA Guidelines for Environmental Performance Standards and Ecolabels.

Webinar: Climate Friendly Purchasing for Professional Services

Tue, Dec 20, 2016 11:30 AM-1:00 PM CST
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9106939632184013059
The West Coast Climate & Materials Management Forum will be showcasing the Professional Services toolkit to assist stakeholders in reducing their GHG impact.