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Sustainable Marketplace: Greener Products and Services

Sustainable Purchasing Program Guidance: A Landscape Scan of Available Resources

Recognizing the many environmental, social, and economic benefits of sustainable purchasing, more and more organizations are taking steps to understand their spending and supply chains and make the shift toward more responsible buying practices.

But where should you start? An internet search will reveal that there are many “How To” guides and recognition programs responding to the demand for support in launching and running a sustainable purchasing program. Some are brief checklists, while others offer hundreds of pages of advice, tips, examples, and reporting templates.

To help you find the resource that is right for your organization, EPA conducted a scan of the landscape and developed summary profiles of some of the leading sources of sustainable purchasing guidance around the globe.

Summary of Guidance Reviewed by EPA

Target Audience for Guidance (Type of Organization)
Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS)
DEFRA Guidance to the flexible framework
DEFRA National Sustainable Public Procurement Programme (NSPPP) Modules
DEFRA Sustainable  procurement e-learning modules
DEFRA Prioritization tool
National and State Government Agencies
EC Buying Green Handbook
EC Buying Social
GPP Green Public Procurement, a collection of good practices
National, State and Local Government Agencies
IGPN Starter Kit
National and State Government Agencies
NASPO Green Purchasing Guide
State Government Agencies
PGH 10 Step Guide
RPN Green 101 Purchasing Guides
RPN 10 Step Guide
Local Government Agencies
SEAD Guide for Monitoring and Evaluating Green Public Procurement Programs
SEAD Procurement Best Practices Guide
National, State and Local Government Agencies
SPLC: Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing Guidance v1.0
UNEP Sustainable Procurement Implementation
National Government Agencies
Pilot Credit Resource for LEED v4 Materials and Purchasing Credits
LEED Sustainable Purchasing Policy
Any - Building owners and designers