Procuring for Sustainability: Prioritizing Preferences

  • Jessica N. Terman
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Sustainability: Avoidance of natural resource depletion, able to maintain production rate perpetually at a constant level

Green procurement: Procurement of goods or products that do not deplete natural resources

Climate protection networks: Networks (often of local governments) focused on long-term policies to mitigate climate change


There is a robust and growing literature on the adoption of sustainability policies in US local governments. Scholars have examined locality involvement in climate protection networks, sustainability policy adoption, and the allocation of resources for sustainability-oriented responsibilities (Hawkins et al. 2015). This chapter addresses the dearth of scholarship in the public administration literature on one of the most significant ways that local governments have of advancing sustainability goals: the adoption of green procurement policies (Testa et al. 2016...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Schar School of Policy and GovernmentGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA