Tool designed to help organizations reduce costs and environmental impact
TORONTO: Greening Greater Toronto, an initiative of CivicAction and Partners in Project Green, has released a tool designed to help organizations reduce costs, increase environmental performance and help create green jobs through their purchasing decisions. The Commitment to Buy Green, Green Procurement Guide, provides tips for procurement professionals who buy products and services for public, private and not-for-profit organizations at various stages.
“Making purchasing decisions with environmental impact in mind can lead to dramatic environmental
improvements while delivering considerable cost savings,” said Linda Weichel, vice-president, partnerships at CivicAction and responsible for Greening Greater Toronto. “The Green Purchasing Guide gives buyers practical information about best practices and the green factors to consider, and vendors get insights into what green attributes buyers are looking for. This guide will help inform and inspire more green decision-making and greater action and innovation in the green products and services sector.”
The guide includes information on:
A working group convened by Greening Greater Toronto and its Green Procurement Leadership Council developed the guide. The document is the latest in the green procurement toolkit assembled by Greening Greater Toronto and Partners in Project Green to help organizations boost their sustainable purchasing practices. Other tools include:
“We are pleased to be working with Greening Greater Toronto on building valuable tools to encourage sustainable purchasing practices throughout the Toronto region,” said Brian Denney, CAO of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, the parent organization of Partners in Project Green. “The Green Purchasing Guide is the latest addition to our green procurement toolkit and we hope it will contribute to breaking down barriers to the utilization of green products and services.”