Sustainable Purchasing Research Initiative

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 What is sustainable purchasing?

  • Formal policies that reduce negative effects on the environment while advancing social equity through purchasing. 
  • Informal approaches such as adding sustainable purchasing language to existing sustainability plans or energy conservation policies.

 What is green purchasing?

  • Green purchasing is part of sustainable purchasing. It focuses specifically on reducing negative effects on the environment through responsible and sustainable purchasing. 

 Greening the marketplace

  • Check out what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says about green purchasing.