[Sust-mar] ACSI webinar: Developing a sustainable procurement policy - March 13, 2008

Clare Levin coordinator at atlanticsustainability.ca
Thu Mar 6 10:12:42 EST 2008

Developing a sustainable procurement policy

What is sustainable purchasing? According to the Municipality of Whistler's
Sustainable Purchasing Guide, it is about including social, environmental,
financial and performance factors in purchasing decisions in a systematic
way. If you want to learn more about sustainable procurement, or you're in
the process of developing or implementing a sustainable procurement policy,
then this webinar is for you!

On Thursday, March 13th, at 3 pm (AST), join us for a webinar (like a
seminar, but online!) on sustainable procurement. The workshop speaker will
be Ted Battiston, and the workshop will be facilitated by John Colton, Chair
of the Centre for Rural Sustainability and an Associate of The Natural Step

Ted Battiston is the Manager of Sustainability Initiatives for the Resort
Municipality of Whistler. Using The Natural Step framework, Whistler has
developed a cutting-edge sustainability vision and a plan for getting there
(see http://www.whistler2020.ca/ for more information). As part of this
process, they put in place a Sustainable Purchasing Guide in 2006 (see link

Ted has an Honours degree in Applied Kinesiology as well as a Master's
degree in Environmental Studies. His primary interests lie in the fields of
environmental management - particularly as they relate to tourism and
recreation. He was project lead for the Whistler2020 Comprehensive
Sustainability Plan over the last three years prior to taking on his current
role as Manager of Sustainability Initiatives. Ted is now responsible for
co-creating in-house sustainability solutions throughout the municipal
organization. Specific areas of responsibility include GHG management
initiatives, bylaw development, as well as frameworks for integrating
sustainability commitments into daily decision making within the municipal

The webinar will open with a presentation by Ted about Whistler's experience
with sustainable purchasing, and will include time for participants to ask
questions and discuss their progress with their own sustainable procurement

All participants are asked to review Whistler's sustainable procurement
policy prior to the webinar and come prepared with questions and comments!
The policy is available at

Date: Thursday, March 13, 2008
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm AST
Location: all that is required is a high-speed internet connection and
access to a phone
Cost: $40 (ACSI partners may attend one webinar each free of charge)
Spaces are limited, so register early! To register for the webinar, please
visit our website, http://www.atlanticsustainability.ca/events/webinar2.htm.
Please contact Clare Levin, Project Coordinator,
coordinator at atlanticsustainability.ca or 902-830-1120 with any questions.
This webinar is hosted by the Atlantic Canada Sustainability Initiative
(ACSI) through the Centre for Rural Sustainability
(http://www.ruralsustainability.org/). For more information about ACSI,
please see our website, www.atlanticsustainability.ca. 

Clare Levin
Project Coordinator
Atlantic Canada Sustainability Initiative
p: (902) 830-1120
f: (902) 405-1221
e: coordinator at atlanticsustainability.ca

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