Maryland Green Purchasing Committee - Spring 2016 Newsletter

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Letter from the Chair

Green Purchasing Committee members and stakeholders,

As many of you know, Governor Hogan announced plans to review state procurement practices through Executive Order 01.01.2016.05. This Executive Order creates the Commission to Modernize State Procurement, an exciting opportunity to institutionalize sustainable purchasing in Maryland. Governor Hogan hopes to modernize the way Maryland deals with procurement in order to "create a predictable, consistent, and transparent system, and get the best value for every dollar we spend – exactly what Marylanders expect and deserve.”

The Department of General services will continue to lead this effort as more public and private sector institutions incorporate sustainable purchasing across their supply chains. The Maryland Green Purchasing Committee is in a unique position to provide best practices in sustainable procurement as learned from the expertise of many state agencies. Your active participation in this Committee will work towards changing Maryland for the better.

Thank you,

C. Gail Bassette
Secretary, Maryland Department of General Services

Committee News

  • Learn more about Governor Hogan's Commission to Modernize State Procurement, including membership and the Executive Order creating the Commission.
  • The next meeting of the Maryland Green Purchasing Committee will be on Thursday, April 21st 2016. 10AM to 12PM in the Olmstead Conference Room, 11th floor, 301 West Preston St. Baltimore, MD 2120. This meeting will host Claire Fitch from Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. Claire will be discussing her new report on sustainability in institutional food procurement.
  • "Instituting Change: An Overview of Institutional Food Procurement and Recommendations for Improvement" (pdf) by Claire Fitch and Raychel Santo, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.
  • The following Committee meeting will be held Thursday, May 26th 2016. 10AM to 12PM in the Olmstead Conference Room, 11th floor, 301 West Preston St. Baltimore, MD 2120. The Maryland Pesticide Education Network will be discussing how Maryland hospitals have reduced pesticide use and how others can follow suit.

More information and resources can be found on the Maryland Department of General Services website.

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