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.
A number of organizations offer excellent webinar-based training on developing and implementing sustainable procurement policies. Visit these organizations' websites for their webinars. Some organizations offer webinars at no cost to the public, while others provide an even wider selection to their members.
A critical feature of any sound sustainable procurement policy is having a plan to evaluate cost and impact. Below you will find key resources 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.
The states of Minnesota and Massachusetts both have model initiatives to evaluate the impact of their sustainable procurement policies.
Minnesota created an Office of Enterprise Sustainability to help departments across the state evaluate the environmental impact of their programs, including but not limited to procurement. This holistic approach puts the state's EPP in context with other sustainability programs.
Massachusetts evaluates the impact of its EPP on an annual basis and publically reports on its progress on its 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.