Building organizational capacity for lasting change

Staff training and public reporting represent two key elements necessary for ensuring that the change we’ve worked hard to create lasts for the long term. Staff training is critical for building organizational capacity over time and expanding implementation more broadly. Public reporting is important for supporting transparency and accountability.


STEP 4 RESOURCES


Webinar-based training about sustainable procurement

A number of organizations offer excellent webinar-based training on developing and implementing sustainable procurement policies. Visit these organizations websites for their webinars. Some orgnizations offer webinars at no cost to the public, while others provide an even wider selection to their members. 

Responsible Purchasing Network Webinars
Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council Webinars
NASPO Green Purchasing Webinar YouTube Channel

Measuring Impact

A critical feature of any sound sustainable procurement policy is having a plan to evaluate cost and impact. Below you will key resouces to help you create a plan to evaluate your policy and examples that other municipalities or states are using to measure the impact of their sustainable procurement policies. 

Webinar: NASPO Calculating the Value of Buying Green

Model Evaluation Examples

The states of Minnesota and Massachusetts both have model initiatives to evaluate the impact of their sustainable procurement polices. 

Minnesota created an Office of Enterprise Sustainablity to help departments across the state evaluate the environmental impact of their programs, including but not limited to procurement. This holistic approach put the state's EPP in context with other sustainability programs. 

Learn more about Minnesota's Office of Enterprise Sustainability.

 

Massachusetts evaluates the impact of their EPP on an annual basis and publically reports their progress on their website. In addition to a general focus on their EPP, they have also created a Toxics Reduction Task Force to dive into how procurement can reduce the state's use of products containing toxic chemicals. 

Learn more about Massachusetts EPP progress reports and Toxics Reduction Task Force