Greening the Local Economy Through Municipal Sustainable Procurement Policies: Implementation Challenges and Successes in Western Canada

Part of the Local Sustainability book series (LOCAL, volume 3)


This chapter increases our understanding of procurement policies as a means of greening the local economy. The content provides an overview of the literature on current sustainable procurement practices being undertaken in Europe and North America. In addition, it details the sustainable procurement policy implementation experiences of municipalities in Western Canada, and offers practical lessons.


Purchasing policy Sustainable procurement Ethical procurement Local government Green economy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Green Municipal Fund, Federation of Canadian MunicipalitiesOttawaCanada
  2. 2.University of WaterlooWaterlooCanada
  3. 3.Master of Environment and Business (MEB) Program, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED)University of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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