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Can Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Shift Markets and Help Put the World on a Healthier and More Sustainable Path? How Big Buyers are Transforming the Green Products Sector

A funder briefing webinar co-sponsored by The Sustainability Funders
and the Health & Environmental Funders Network

December 7, 2011

Recording of Webinar:

http://vimeo.com/33307388


Speaker PowerPoint Presentations:


Marcia Deegler,
Director of Environmental Purchasing, State of Massachusetts

Beth Eckl,
Director, Greening the Supply Chain Initiative, Practice Greenhealth

Alicia Culver
, Director, Responsible Purchasing Network


Environmentally Preferable Purchasing in the Healthcare/Hospital Sector


Health Care Without Harm's EPP Tools & Resources


Practice Greenhealth - The Business Case for Membership (pdf)

Greening the Operating Room - Project Overview (pdf)

Practice Greenhealth Announces Release of “Standardized Environmental Questions for Medical Products,” Version 1.0
(pdf)

Standardized Environmental Questions for Medical Products, Version 1.0 (pdf)

Kaiser Permanente Medical Sustainability Scorecard (Excel)

Practice Greenhealth's website



Environmentally Preferable Purchasing in Government


Responsible Purchasing Network's Responsible Purchasing Resources for Public Agencies and Institutions

San Francisco's  innovative SFApproved List of products that meet environmental and performance criteria

National Association of Counties Online' Green Purchasing Toolkit & press release (pdf)

Buying Green: Cities and Counties Find their Way, Green Technology Magazine, March 2010

San Jose's 3 minute Environmentally Preferable Purchasing video on YouTube

Sustainable Purchasing 101 Webinar (Vimeo online)

State of Massachusetts Environmentally Preferable Products Procurement Program website

State of Massachusetts EPP Form (Word)


Webinar Description:


If Walmart can radically impact the supply chain going down the line, why can't major consumers do the same going up the supply chain? In fact, they can ­– and they are.

State and local governments spend more than $400 billion on products and services every year; colleges and universities spend more than $300 billion. Institutional purchasers – including federal agencies, state and local governments, colleges and universities, and private companies – represent tremendous purchasing power.

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP), also known as green or responsible purchasing, is the procurement of goods and services that have a reduced impact on human health and the environment. When large-scale institutions such as federal, state and local governments, universities, corporations and hospital Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) implement effective procurement policies, they leverage institutional buying power that can increase market demand for more sustainably generated and healthier products, spur market innovation and help ensure these products and services are more widely available and affordable.

The Sustainability Funders and HEFN invite you to join this webinar to hear from experts working with - or within - major institutions to learn how these programs work, what impact they are having, and how more large-scale buyers can be moved to adopt EPP practices. Further, what is, or could be, the role of philanthropy in accelerating a shift toward the demand for “greener” markets?

Speakers:

Alicia Culver, Director, Responsible Purchasing Network

Responsible Purchasing Network promotes and practices responsible purchasing by identifying best practices, developing effective purchasing tools, educating the market, and using collective purchasing power to maximize environmental stewardship, protect human health, and support local and global sustainability. RPN mainly works with local, regional and state government procurement officers.

Marcia Deegler, Director of Environmental Purchasing, State of Massachusetts
The primary goal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Environmental Purchasing Program is to use the Commonwealth's purchasing power to reduce the environmental and public health impact of state government and foster markets for EPPs. The Commonwealth hosts a website with information about the benefits of EPPs, statewide EPP contracts, guides, tools, events and more.

Beth Eckl, Director, Director, Greening the Supply Chain Initiative, Practice Greenhealth

Practice Greenhealth promotes sustainability in health care and engages its 1,100 members, including hospitals, health systems, businesses and hospital Group Purchasing Organizations around sustainability offering tools, resources, webinars, all to engage and share successes. PGH also offers resources on implementing effective Environmentally Preferable Purchasing policies and programs offering product-specific resources on some of the green attributes in medical products.

The webinar will be moderated by Jenny Russell, Merck Family Fund.

On this call, expect to learn (and discuss):
What are the barriers to increasing participation in this work?
What are the policy gaps and opportunities?
What is philanthropy’s role in moving this work?






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