Our vision is to make Nova Scotia one of the cleanest environments and most sustainable economies in the world by 2020.
The Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act sets out 21 specific targets (PDF: 105k) for government action to help achieve this. Key among these targets is a commitment for government to develop and implement a sustainable procurement policy by 2009.
What is Sustainable Procurement ?
Sustainable procurement is an approach to purchasing that considers the environmental, societal and economic value of the goods and services being purchased. This approach allows the buyer to calculate the full cost of a purchase. Preference is given to the purchase of goods and services which are environmentally preferable, provide benefit to society and the local economy and achieve good value for money on a life-cycle basis. This results in the purchase of goods and services that are better for both the environment and the local economy and it ensures that resources are not diminished for future generations.
- Choosing An Environmentally Preferable Vehicle (PDF: 336k)
- Greening Your Office Equipment - Choices and Settings (PDF: 309k)
- Greening Your Meetings and Events (PDF: 328k)
- Teleconferencing & Web Conferencing (PDF: 331k)
- Environmentally Responsible Janitorial Services (PDF: 365k)
- Environmentally Responsible Consumer Brochure (PDF: 1mb)
- Food for Thought - A Buyer's Guide to Local and Seasonal Nova Scotia Agri-Food Products
- Select Nova Scotia - A resource to help you buy fresh, locally produced food.
- Ecology Action Center