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Leveraging Purchasing Power for Business & Community Impact

November 20, 2014 | Vancouver

Join us in Vancouver on November 20 for a new workshop to learn how sustainable, best value purchasing can enhance your business and help generate social, environmental and financial benefits.

Here's an opportunity to build a strong supply chain and boost customer and employee loyalty. Take away practical tools, scorecards and product guidelines to customize your own purchasing policies and practices.

Register soon — space is limited!

The workshop is hosted by the Strathcona Business Improvement Association, BuySmart Network, Ecotrust Canada, Light House Sustainable Building Centre and One Earth, with support from the Vancouver Foundation and Discovery Parks.

Topics in Sustainability Purchasing > Climate Change/Carbon Reduction

Climate Change/Carbon Reduction

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Reducing Purchasing-Related Carbon Impacts

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Here is a BuySmart presentation on methods to measure carbon emissions related to purchases, and purchasing techniques to reduce an organization's carbon footprint.

Going Carbon Neutral: A Primer for BC Business

posted on 3:53 PM, January 12, 2011
Link: PDF

This guide is for organizations looking for a simple path to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and helping others reduce their carbon footprint.

Carbon Footprinting

posted on 3:53 PM, January 12, 2011

This guide introduces two types of carbon footprinting that affect businesses: one that measures an organisation’s overall activities, and one that looks at the life cycle of a particular product or service.  The guide explains what is included in both types of footprint, how to measure and communicate them, and the benefits of doing so and sets out the specific steps you need to take to calculate your footprint(s).

Supply Chain Leadership Collaboration (SCLC)

posted on 3:54 PM, January 12, 2011

SCLC is an initiative of the Carbon Disclosure Project, working with sector leaders wishing to measure and manage emissions through the supply chain. This 2008 report summarizes results from a pilot project on supply chain carbon.  Members of the collaboration distributed surveys to 328 suppliers requesting information on their climate change initiatives and 144 responded.

Reducing Supply Chain Carbon Backgrounder 

posted on 12:12 PM, January 25, 2011
Link: PDF

This backgrounder was compiled by the BuySmart Network to provide a context for why and how an organization would consider responsibly managing the carbon in its supply chain. The document provides a definition and a business case and includes eight case studies (3 UK, 1 US, 1 Denmark and 3 Canadian) on how firms and governments are reducing their supply chain carbon.
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Program Vision

The vision of the BuySmart Network is for organizations in all sectors to recognize sustainable purchasing as smart purchasing and to make it integral to their operations.

Our Work

The BuySmart Network helps public, private and non-profit organizations learn how to purchase products and services that offer social, economic and environmental benefits and to create a sustainable purchasing strategy that supports their own goals.

Our Sponsors

The work of the BuySmart Network is possible thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, along with the contributions of partners, advisors and a circle of participants. Find out more.

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BuySmart is a program of the Fraser Basin Council (FBC), a charitable non-profit society that advances sustainability in the Fraser River Basin, across BC, and beyond. Established in 1997, FBC brings people together from multiple sectors to learn about sustainability and find collaborative solutions to current issues.

For more on the BuySmart Network, contact , Director of External Relations and Corporate Development at the Fraser Basin Council.

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