Procurement at the IC2
State and local governments procure significant quantities of goods and services. Environmental and public health agencies have been working with their counterparts in purchasing offices to ensure that state and local contracts specify toxic free alternatives where available and cost effective. Informing the development of environmentally preferable specifications and contract language is key to the success of these efforts.
IC2’s Procurement Workgroup supports members’ advancement of low-toxicity product procurement. Specific areas of interest include how patterns of chemical use inform environmentally preferable procurement, facilitating state and municipal cooperation to enhance the market for less-toxic products, identifying product categories that are good targets for action, sharing specification language and informing individual or joint procurement, and working with large vendors to harmonize green product claims with state requirements.