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Summary

Each year U.S. state/local governments purchase $1.5 trillion of goods, including vehicle fleets, construction materials, chemicals, electronics and office materials, which contribute to global climate change during their production and use. Governments that utilize Sustainable Procurement Policies can mitigate these impacts swiftly and significantly, while stimulating an increase in the production of sustainable products and services. However, many state/local governments do not have Sustainable Procurement Policies, and others have failed to implement them fully, suggesting that there are significant barriers to implementing Sustainable Procurement Policies more broadly. State/local climate mitigation programs therefore have not reached their potential, slowing the market for sustainable products. These concerns have prompted the United Nations Environmental Program and others to identify SPP as a critical factor needing to be addressed if we are to move towards a low carbon economy. The goals of this project are to determine which factors impede and facilitate Sustainable Procurement Policies adoption and implementation, recommend immediate actions in order for governments to advance their Sustainable Procurement Policies more effectively, and encourage state/local governments that lack Sustainable Procurement Policies to consider implementing them within their jurisdictions.

Personnel

Funding

V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation

Timeline

March 2016 — February 2019