Local governments need to purchase essential products just like any household or business -- furniture, cleaning products, office supplies and building materials are necessary to keep things running smoothly. However, these products are often purchased in such large quantities that there can be a large measurable impact on the environment and the health of our communities.
Large government purchasing contracts could be a huge opportunity for your county to decrease their carbon footprint, reduce waste, and prevent exposure to hazardous chemicals. They have the power to tell their suppliers to only provide products that meet strict environmental standards.
Your county is using your tax dollars to make these necessary purchases -- let them know that public money should be spent in ways that benefit the public!