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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)

  1. Nicole Darnall, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, ASU
  2. Justin Stritch, School of Public Affairs, ASU
  3. Stuart Bretschneider, School of Public Affairs, ASU

King’s College London (KCL)

  1. Igor Filatotchev, Corporate Governance and Strategy, KCL
  2. Juliane Reinecke, International Management & Sustainability, KCL
  3. Johann Fortwengel, International Management, KCL

Tecnológico de Monterrey (TEC)

  1. Bryan Husted Corregan, EGADE Business School, TEC
  2. José Ernesto Amorós, EGADE Business School, TEC

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