The City of Santa Monica’s Environmental Purchasing A Case Study
T he U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes that environmentally preferable purchasing is a dynamic concept that, depending on the product category, will not necessarily be implemented in the same manner within an agency or organization. In order to demonstrate some of the ways environmental purchasing principles are currently being applied, EPA is documenting examples of environmental purchasing efforts undertaken by Executive agencies, state and local governments, and the private sector. This case study describes the city of Santa Monica’s efforts to identify and purchase products and services that minimize the burden on the environment and human health. It provides an overview of Santa Monica’s broad-reaching environmental purchasing efforts and describes the city’s program, the lessons it learned, and the key reasons for its success. We hope the lessons and insights documented in this case study will help you and your organization as you begin incorporating environmental preferability into your purchasing decisions.