Over the past two decades there has been a push by a range of companies, communities, and governments for a higher level of sustainable infrastructure. However, to achieve sustainable development in infrastructure, you must first procure sustainable goods and services. The International Organization for Standardization defines sustainable procurement as positive environmental, social, and economic impacts possible over the entire life cycle. Considered a business best practice, sustainable procurement enhances risk management, lowers life-cycle costs, spurs innovation, improves the project owner’s reputation and credibility, and supports long-term development.
A new report from ASCE’s Committee on Sustainability, Sustainable Procurement for
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