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Environmental Purchasing in the City of Phoenix

  • Nicole Darnall
  • Lily Hsueh
  • Justin M. Stritch
  • Stuart Bretchneider
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Abstract

US local governments purchase US$1.72 trillion of goods and services annually that contribute to global climate change and other environmental problems. Cities that successfully implement environmental purchasing policies can mitigate these environmental concerns while saving money and demonstrating their environmental leadership. However, cities confront numerous challenges when implementing an environmental purchasing policy. This chapter identifies the facilitators and barriers of implementing an environmental purchasing policy. It draws on the experiences within the City of Phoenix as an example and offers eight recommendations for how the City of Phoenix and similar cities can integrate environmental purchasing more fully into their existing purchasing processes.

Keywords

Green purchasing Green procurement Environmental purchasing Sustainable purchasing Sustainable procurement Facilitators Barriers Implementation Public policy 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors thank the City of Phoenix for the opportunity to undertake this research and the V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation for its financial support.

Further Reading

  1. Darnall N, Stritch JM, Bretschneider S, Hsueh L, Duscha M, Iles J, No W, Suarez J, Burwell C. 2017. Advancing Green Purchasing in Local Governments. Phoenix: Arizona State University, Center for Organization Research and Design, Sustainable Purchasing Research Initiative.Google Scholar
  2. Darnall N, Stritch JM, Bretschneider S, Hsueh L, and No W. 2017. Going Green on Purchasing: Eight Practices to Reduce Environmental Impacts. Public Management Magazine 27 (August): 28–29.Google Scholar
  3. Gardiner, D. 2017. Mayor Greg Stanton: Despite U.S. Withdrawal, Phoenix Will Support Paris Climate Pact. AZ Central, June 1. azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2017/06/02/mayor-greg-stanton-despite-u-s-withdrawal-phoenix-support-paris-climate-pact/363450001/. Last accessed 5 Sept 2017.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicole Darnall
    • 1
  • Lily Hsueh
    • 1
  • Justin M. Stritch
    • 1
  • Stuart Bretchneider
    • 1
  1. 1.Arizona State UniversityPhoenixUSA

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