2. Conduct Baseline Inventory

One of the first steps in developing green purchasing practices is determining what products the organization is currently purchasing and evaluating whether they can be substituted with safer and greener products of equal price and quality. Completing a baseline survey, questionnaire, or simple checklist can be helpful in collecting relevant information with minimal time and resource burden on city staff.

A sample checklist from the City of Ontario is shown below, illustrating the results of a baseline survey conducted by the city’s Purchasing Department.  View the full checklist.

Green Procurement Baseline Inventory