Greening the purchasing choices of business, government and non-profit organizations—currently responsible for nearly half of the GTA’s Green House Gas emissions and 64 per cent of waste—can lead to dramatic environmental improvements in the region.
With a Leadership Council of 45 public and private sector procurement executives representing $45 billion in annual purchasing, the Green Procurement Initiative aims to facilitate green procurement practices in organizations across the GTA and help drive the success of Ontario’s green sector. GGT leverages the expertise and purchasing power of this exceptional group of volunteers to develop and execute the programs and materials below.
To date, GGT has secured a Commitment to Buy Green from a number of large private and public member organizations that commits them to continuous improvement in reducing their environmental impact through the greening of procurement. Interested in signing on? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
More than 150 buyers and vendors have attended four discussion-oriented meetings on specific sustainable procurement topics including information technology, lighting and waste, as well as a Reverse Marketplace.
The 2009 Marketplace event saw 25+ green suppliers, 100+ senior procurement executives as well as industry experts network and explore green technologies and services. The outcome report, Buyers and Sellers Don’t See Eye to Eye, summarizes surprising results collected during the event’s follow-up survey.
The Commitment to Buy Green, Green Procurement Guide