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Global Benefits of Sustainable Procurement

Consensus-based sustainable procurement has its roots in 1991 at the first US Green Building Council Board Meeting where life cycle assessment (LCA) standards were initiated to start regulating global supply chain environmental impacts. As a result, the market for sustainable products is growing.

Last year—some 23 years later—the states of Washington, New York, and Minnesota endorsed sustainable procurement based on a consensus standard developed in an American National Standards Institute accredited process. These were landmark events requiring LCA for 10 environmental and health impacts including toxicity – and more.

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Susan Inglis is Executive Director of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, an ASBC member,  Doug Pierce is an architect with Perkins+Will and Chairman of the sustainable product national consensus committee, and George Vallone is President-Elect of the New Jersey Builders Association.