Sustainable Procurement

Virtual cohort group


Many products and materials that come into hospitals may contain or release carcinogens, reproductive toxins, or other hazardous materials, exposing patients, staff, and the community to harm. Purchased goods and services also account for a majority of the energy and water use by the sector. Participants meet to share best practices in engaging group purchasing organizations (GPO) and suppliers, integrating environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) in value analysis, and identifying cost saving opportunities. Also, time is reserved during each session for participants to receive quick problem-solving advice on any timely issues or challenges. 

Target audience: Sustainability leads, supply chain, procurement  
Level: Beginner to intermediate

John Ullman Facilitator:
John Ullman


“Since cost is always a key driver for supply chain, a best practice is to identify ways the organization can save money in order to engage supply chain leadership.” – Kyle Tafuri, Hackensack Meridian Health

This cohort is one of the largest with more than fifty participants represented by some of the facilities below:

  • Allina Health System 
  • Attrium Health
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Boston Medical Center  
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • CommonSpirit
  • HealthPartners
  • Henry Ford Health System 
  • Hackensack Meridian Health - Hackensack University Medical Center
  • Inova Health System
  • Intermountain Healthcare
  • IU Health
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Mayo Clinic Health System
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Mount Sinai Health System
  • NYU Langone
  • Providence 
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Seattle Children's Hospital
  • Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital
  • SSM Health
  • Standford University Medical Center 
  • Stony Brook University Medical Center
  • Sutter Health
  • Tenet Health
  • UC San Diego Health System
  • UCLA Health
  • UCSF Medical Center
  • VCU Medical Center 


2022 Schedule

February 24, 2022 2:00 PM EST

Topic: Key elements of a successful sustainable procurement program

Discussion questions:

  1. What are the most impactful ways to get started? 
  2. How to set goals? 
  3. How to engage the supply chain?
April 28, 2022 2:00 PM EST 

Topic: Hotspots in supply chain greenhouse gas emissions 

Discussion questions:

  1. What products should be prioritized in health care? 
  2. How are Scope 3 emissions tracked? 
  3. What are questions to ask of suppliers and what are good answers? Where are vendors in this work?
June 23, 2022 2:00 PM EST 

Topic: Succes stories with reusables  

Discussion questions:

  1. What have others done? What challenges and solutions have they faced? 
  2. How have they convinced clinical staff? 
  3. How has the pandemic impacted this work?
August 25, 2022 2:00 PM EST

Topic:  Data solutions for tracking sustainable procurement 

Discussion questions:

  1. What is a good framework for monitoring and evaluating success? 
  2. What tools are available to support adding EPP into ERP systems? 
  3. What examples demonstrate this has been successful? 
  4. What are the available template options?
October 27, 2022 2:00 PM EST

Topic:  Opportunities to advance sustainable procurement with group purchasing organizations 

Discussion questions:

  1. What are you currently doing to educate your families on creating a healthy environment?
  2. What are your current community benefit projects?
  3. What education is sent home with families to limit respiratory issues?
December 15, 2022 2:00 PM EST

Topic: Addressing social issues in sustainable procurement 

Discussion questions:

  1. How would you choose priority items? How would you get started? 
  2. How do we connect health equity and sustainable procurement?
  3. What are effective ways to partner with DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) staff? 
  4. How do we integrate forced labor into purchasing decisions?


Recent session presentation

Sustainable procurement cohort October 2021 Session guest presenter, Andy Pettit from Cleveland Clinic, highlighted supplier engagement strategies to support spend data collection. Participants shared ways to collaborate with industry partners and GPOs already involved in initiatives.  

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Sessions take place on a recurring basis using Zoom as the meeting platform. To join this cohort or any of the other cohorts, please register today. If you have discussion topic ideas or want to invite a peer, please contact the cohort facilitator. 

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