Green Purchasing - Purchasing Networks
Local purchasing networks allow cities and towns to reduce transportation costs and reduce greenhouse gases by purchasing goods from local vendors.
U. S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance is a national purchasing forum that pools the collective purchasing power of 87,000 local and state government agencies, school districts (K-12), higher education institutions and non-profit organizations. Their "Green Initiative" is designed to provide a one-stop source for public agency access to a broad line of environmentally certified products and services.
The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) is a network of 15,000 responsible, local business partners and entrepreneurs from all over the United States who have joined together in 55 (or more) local networks to supply the emerging green economy. BALLE's mission is to catalyze, strengthen, and connect networks of locally owned independent businesses.
The Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) is an international network of buyers dedicated to socially responsible and environmentally sustainable purchasing. Membership programs and consulting services provide institutional purchasers with cutting edge procurement tools and resources designed to save money, conserve resources, reduce waste, and improve efficiency.