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Sustainable Procurement has a New legislative Home in our Province

This is an exciting time for Sustainable Development in our province.  As of November 8, 2018, The Climate and Green Plan Act is in effect. As a result of this new legislation, The Sustainable Development Act and The Climate Change and Emissions Reductions Act have been repealed.  But don’t worry, the new Act continues to promote sustainable procurement.

Let's get electric - Providing electric vehicle charging stations

As more electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles become available and as society transitions to these vehicles, municipalities and businesses look to increase electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure for employees, customers and citizens in general. There are numerous EV charging station options with a variety of features in the marketplace… wondering where to start?

Check out the Electric Vehicle Charging Station page under the Goods and Services section of the SPM website! This page provides guidance on selecting charging equipment, the available features, as well as supporting accessibility.

Procurement and your organization’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory

More and more municipalities, cities and businesses are measuring and reporting their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on an annual basis.  Compiling these annual emissions is often the role of a Sustainable Development professional or Greenhouse Gas Accountant/specialist. 

Updated Environmental & Social Criteria for EPEAT Computers and Displays

In a recent webinar, the Green Electronics Council (GEC) announced that EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) certification criteria has been updated for computers and displays. But what does this mean for procurement?

Is your organization creating a smartphone App? Make sure it’s accessible!

If your organization is creating a smartphone app, be sure to check out the Minimum Sustainable Recommendations section of the Mobile (Smartphone) Apps page on the SPM website!  This page provides information on the specifications to request to the app/software developer to ensure accessibility features are incorporated into the smartphone app.

Progress Report for 2016 & 2017

The SPM Working Group created a progress report providing a summary of activities in 2016 and 2017. Click here to view the report!

We've been updating the Goods & Services section!

We've added and updated information in the Goods & Services section! This section outlines minimum sustainable specifications to place in tender documents for a variety of goods and services. In light of The Accessibility for Manitobans Act, recommended sustainable specifications now also include accessibility criteria. Check out the following pages below:

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What you are doing matters...

Over the past two decades, procurement professionals have been requesting third party environmental labels in bid documents to address key environmental and social issues along the supply chain for a number of different commodities. We have been requesting Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper and Fairtrade certified when buying coffee, tea and cocoa to name a few. We believe the standards behind the label help to reduce pollution, protect our water resources, provide fair work practices, reduce biodiversity losses, and among other benefits. So....are our efforts working? The answer is yes.

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