Green purchasing adds environmental considerations to the price and performance criteria that organizations use to make purchasing decisions. Green purchasing considers supply chain management and is also known as environmentally preferred purchasing (EPP), green procurement, affirmative procurement, eco-procurement, and environmentally responsible purchasing. Green purchasing attempts to identify and reduce environmental impact and to maximize resource efficiency.
Five Guiding Principles
For more in-depth information on green purchasing, see the Green Business LibGuide.
Below are links to examples of green purchasing policies, which you can use when crafting one for your organization.
The books below are general guides to green purchasing for institutions. For information on greenwashing and purchasing of specific products with significant environmental impact, including electronics and paper, see the Green Business LibGuide's Purchasing section..