The purpose of this procedure is to promote sustainable purchasing to achieve continuous improvement to the corporation’s resilience to climate change, waste diversion rates and indoor and outdoor air quality while reducing resource (energy, fuel, and water) consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and impact on the environment.
This procedure applies to all Town staff making purchasing decisions.
The procedure recognizes that the environmental benefits of a product or service cannot undermine its efficacy or overall performance.
All purchasing decisions shall consider:
All Departments/Staff are required to comply with the Sustainable Purchasing Procedure and Handbook when making all purchasing decisions.
The Purchasing Department is responsible to assist with vendor outreach and education, maintain the vendors list of pre-approved companies, amend the Purchasing By-law as required, assist to create compliant purchasing documents, provide input on the SPH and participate in the GTA-Clean Air Council Procurement Community of Practice.
The Environmental Policy Department is responsible to promote, track, evaluate and report on the implementation of the procedure, to maintain the SPH and to participate in the GTA-Clean Air Council Procurement Community of Practice.
Procedure Number: EN-GEN-001-002
Parent Policy: EN-GEN-001
Author: Environmental Policy Department
Effective Date: 2009 Apr 06
Review by Date: 2020
Last Modified: 2015 Sep 21
EN-GEN-001 Environmental Sustainability Policy
Environmental Strategic Plan (ESP)
EN-GEN-001-001 Sustainable Green Fleet Procedure and Guide
EN-GEN-001-004 Towards Zero Waste Procedure
Sustainable Building Design Guidelines
Clean Air Procedure
Applicable Ministry of the Environment’s Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle (3R) Regulations for Municipalities
Climate Change Strategy
Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan