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Implement the Region's green purchasing initiative to promote and encourage the use and purchase of environmentally responsible products.

greenstatusFinal update (September 2014)
This ongoing initiative to improve environmental performance through responsible procurement has resulted in the establishment of the Green Procurement Guide to help educate staff on environmentally responsible purchasing. A standing task force has been established and meets three to four times a year to review the progress of the initiative and make recommendations.

Progress Update (September 2013)

This is an ongoing initiative. The Green Procurement Guide has been developed.
A standing task force is in place that meets 3 to 4 times a year. The overall goal is to improve environmental performance through responsible procurement.

Progress Update (January 2013)

In order to integrate environmental considerations into day-to-day decision making, the Region has established a corporate-wide green purchasing initiative. The Green Procurement Committee, established in 2011 promotes and encourages the use of environmentally responsible products and processes. 

Examples of this include:

  • Installation of 3750 square yards of environmentally friendly carpet in Regional administration buildings which includes lower environmental impact throughout the lifecycle of the product (from raw material extraction to end of product life).
  • Corporate Print Shop use of 100 per cent post-consumer waste recycled paper (nearly 1 million sheets in 2011) as well as the development of a print strategy to reduce the Region's paper use where feasible.
  • The Region along with six other southern Ontario municipalities has consolidated the purchase of bus parts through a single North American supplier. Fewer deliveries are made reducing not only GHC emissions but also noise pollution. In addition to the reduction of the supply chain's carbon footprint, it also reduced administration costs and increased efficiency.
  • Office Supply deliveries have shifted from daily deliveries to weekly deliveries thereby reducing GHG emissions by 50 per cent.

 Progress Indicators

  • Development of a Green Procurement Guide and committee
  • Improve environmental performance through responsible procurement


greenindicator   Strong progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (PDF)
yellowindicator   Moderate progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (RTF)
redindicator   Progress needed   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (Flash)