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Sustainable Public Purchasing

Advancing Sustainable Public Purchasing in Cities Globally

Cities worldwide are experiencing massive growth. As these cities grow, corresponding government purchasing needed to support its operations increases as well, leading to significant increases in carbon emissions. Government purchasing, or “public purchasing,” substantially contributes to carbon emissions as city government purchases have a carbon footprint 9x that of public buildings and vehicle fleets combined.

Using an extensive international network, this GCSO-funded project will engage thousands of cities to implement sustainable public purchasing (SPP) practices designed to mitigate carbon emissions and reduce spending. This project brings together experts, advisors, and leaders from international organizations such as the United Nations and ICLEI (see full list below) to shift purchasing markets and reduce carbon emissions in order to enable cities to operate more sustainably.

In one year of GCSO funding, this project will:

Increase the number of cities utilizing sustainable purchasing practices

Engage with practitioners worldwide to distribute findings

GCSO Participants:

Arizona State University (ASU)

King’s College London (KCL)

Implementing Partners:

United Nations

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

International City/County Management Association

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council

National Social Values Taskforce

International Green Purchasing Network

Industrial Economics

UK Federation of Small Businesses

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies