Sustainable Purchasing Research Initiative

sustainable products and services

Tips and tools for local governments

You may be surprised to learn that most local governments are not purchasing green products. Those that do often struggle. Why?

We know. With the help of the International City Management Association (ICMA), we’ve studied these issues and offer recommendations to guide you. 

Read our report: Advancing Green Purchasing in Local Government (U.S.)

NEW:   Advancing Green Purchasing in Japanese Municipalities 


US project tools 

  • U.S. report — Our extensive report will help you understand why most cities haven't gone green and what works for those cities that have.
  • Executive summary — Don't have time to read our report, Advancing Green Purchasing in Local Governments? Read the executive summary.
  • Podcast  Listen in as researchers 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 each of the report's eight recommendations to help you achieve success. 
  • Slide deck — Review a visual representation of the key findings in Advancing Green Purchasing in Local Governments 
  • Webinar — View our webinar with the City of Phoenix and the Alliance for Innovation. This webinar summarizes our key findings in the Advancing Green Purchasing in Local Governments report.

Japan project tools & articles

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Case studies

SRPI interviewed 14 City of Phoenix purchasing specialists to develop recommendations for the nation's fifth-largest city to further advance its green purchasing efforts.

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Project background documents