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Green Procurement

Meeting Policy Requirements

Has the department incorporated environmental performance considerations in its procurement decision-making processes?


Summary of initiatives to incorporate environmental performance considerations in procurement decision-making processes:

  • lifecycle management of assets incorporated into WD’s Asset Management Framework;
  • use of mandatory green procurement tools established by Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), e.g. standing offers;
  • mandatory CampusDirect Green Procurement training for WD staff  involved in purchasing; 
  • Information communicated to staff, e.g. “Green Tips”, procurement bulletins, green procurement tools; and
  • Green procurement commitments are included in WD’s Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) and are not required for performance evaluation purposes.

Results achieved:

  • exclusive use of electronic bid box;
  • Green Procurement training for functional specialists completed;
  • awareness of “green” office supplies beyond paper and office equipment;
  • bi-annual staff awareness events on “Greening in Government”; and
  • mandatory use of “green” standing offers for the purchase of recycled paper and office equipment including; furniture, printers, photocopiers, computers and monitors.

Contributions to facilitate government-wide implementation of green procurement:

Not applicable to WD

Green Procurement Targets

Has the department established green procurement targets?


Summary of green procurement targets:

  • green procurement targets are based on previous year operational requirements; and 
  • purchases for green office supplies, furniture and the purchase/lease of green office equipment.

Results achieved:

  • in 2009, WD’s green procurement totalled $661K via contracts, purchase orders, acquisition card purchases and standing offer call-ups;
  • purchases included desktop computers, laptop computers, light bulbs, paper, office supplies, monitors, fuel, seating, shredding, e-waste disposal, toner cartridges, printers and photocopiers;
  • 100% of letter and legal size photocopier paper was purchased from “green” standing offers established by PWGSC; and
  • 100% of printers/photocopiers were leased/purchased from “green” standing offers established by PWGSC.