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Education & Outreach

Education & Outreach

Education & Outreach

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.

Outreach tools

  • 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.

Case studies

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.

  • Book Chapter – Environmental purchasing in the City of Phoenix
  • Report – City of Phoenix’s environmental procurement policy: Focus group findings and recommendations

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.