Green Business

Green Procurement

Since the mid-1990s, Green Seal’s Institutional Greening Program has provided technical assistance to help organizations green their purchasing programs. 

Projects are developed on a case-by-case basis and can include helping an organization:
  • Analyze current purchasing practices to create a baseline for future environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) efforts;
  • Develop priorities for green purchasing based on the environmental impacts of current purchases, as well as the total dollars spent and the availability of EPP products;
  • Develop a Green Purchasing Action Plan tailored to the specific challenges, opportunities and objectives of the organization;
  • Develop environmentally preferable specifications for specific products and/or a complete EPP manual. These activities can help organizations build a strong and effective environmentally preferably purchasing program that will result in improved environmental performance.

Related Projects

California Prioritization of Green Products
  • Green Seal developed a prioritized list of products and/or service categories based on technical criteria, policy, and upcoming contract renewals. This work was performed for the State of California’s Procurement Division in order to further develop comprehensive sustainability criteria for the State’s purchasing programs as part of an overall project to green the State's procurement.
City of Los Angeles Green Purchasing Action Plan
  • Currently working with Los Angeles to develop an action plan for the City to incorporate green purchasing based on evaluating existing practices and purchasing priorities.
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Environmentally and Socially Responsible Procurement Program
  • Developed an environmentally and socially responsible corporate procurement program for the IDB. This included identifying product categories that represented possible opportunities for environmentally and socially preferable product standards, and reviewing and analyzing cost, availability, and feasibility issues relating to those product categories. The project also included providing procedures, performing on-site testing, and developing reporting and tracking tools.
Los Angeles County Green Procurement Manual
  • Green Seal assisted Los Angeles County in implementing a directive to institutionalize green purchasing by developing a comprehensive purchasing manual with over thirty green specifications and a five-year timetable for incorporating them into the County’s contracts.
National Park Service Green Purchasing Manual
  • Developed a green purchasing manual, including specifications for custodial and janitorial care, landscaping and exotics control, HVAC and lighting systems.
State of Colorado Green Purchasing Evaluation and Training
  • Helped the State of Colorado implement a new law for green purchasing by evaluating existing practices and providing training to multiple State agencies responsible for purchasing.
State Department of Transportation Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Guide
  • Green Seal developed a green purchasing manual for the National Highway Cooperative Research Project. The manual includes guidance on how to develop and implement environmentally preferable purchasing and specifications for 19 environmentally preferable alternatives for products frequently used by state departments of transportation to reduce the use of toxic chemicals.  State Department of Transportation Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Guide
World Bank Purchasing Program
  • Conducted a study for the procurement department of the World Bank’s purchasing policies and procedures and the changes needed to incorporate sustainability criteria, focusing on key categories and immediate opportunities.