SPRI has developed numerous educational materials to help local governments advance their sustainable purchasing.
We support research projects and partnerships that focus on addressing sustainable purchasing challenges. SPRI has studied thousands of local governments’ and individuals’ purchasing activities across the world to develop use-inspired solutions.
- Advancing Green Purchasing in Local Governments – Our extensive report will help you understand what works for U.S. cities that have implemented sustainable purchasing.
- Executive Summary – Don’t have time to read SPRI’s U.S. report, Advancing Green Purchasing in Local Goverments? Read the executive summary.
- Podcast – Listen to SPRI co-founders, Nicole Darnall and Justin M. Stritch, talk about why sustainable purchasing is important.
- Video tips — Our video tips provide a quick way to learn more about our eight recommendations to help local governments advance their green purchasing.
- Slide deck — Review a visual representation of the key findings in Advancing Green Purchasing in Local Governments.
- Webinar — View our webinar with the Alliance for Innovation that summarizes our key findings in Advancing Green Purchasing in Local Governments.
The following short articles summarize key findings in SPRI’s research. They are written for managers local governments and business to help them enhance their sustainable purchasing activities.
- Five practices to help cities green their purchasing
- Going green on purchasing: Eight practices to reduce environmental impacts
- Green technology firms and sustainable public purchasing
- How cities are addressing climate change through sustainable purchasing
- Three ways Japanese municipalities can advance green purchasing
- U.S. cities buy-green schemes, reduce their environmental liabilities and costs
- Want a successful sustainable purchasing policy? Six policy elements that cities should know
SPRI interviewed 14 City of Phoenix purchasing specialists to develop recommendations for the nation’s fifth-largest city to further advance its green purchasing efforts.
U.S. Survey documents
SPRI surveyed 1,825 directors in nearly 800 cities. The documents below are the background materials for this survey, including our summary report, implementation protocol, codebook, and key stakeholders that we engaged.
Japan Survey documents
In partnership with colleagues at Waseda University (Tokyo), SPRI surveyed 1,800 directors in 860 municipalities. The documents below provide information about the initial Japanese findings, survey implementation protocol, and the key stakeholders who offered input on our research approach.