Climate & U.S. Sustainable Procurement

A free 3-part series, in-person meeting at GCMS, and knowledge center.

Series Details

Leading organizations already have moved out on climate change and sustainable procurement efforts, and other G7 countries are ahead of the U.S. in policy and practice. The Administration has issued Executive Orders and taken actions intended to make the U.S. a leader.  

To achieve the goals, our profession must learn a new vocabulary, experiment with different approaches, and evolve policies, practices, and priorities in the epic struggle for our planet's future.

What do Executive Orders and policies mean to the profession and what we do as contract management and acquisition professionals?  

This series begins that journey with dialog in a neutral forum to explore what is already in place for Government buyers and sellers, agree on what is required to achieve the administration’s goals, and do what our community does best: engage in deliberative dialog on how we take up the charge.

  • Audience: Entire contract management community
  • Level: Intermediate/advanced, although beginners are also recommended to engage
  • Credits: 1 CPE/ 1 CLP/ .1 CEU each
  • Contract Management Body of Knowledge® Competencies: 3.4, "Regulatory Compliance"; 3.5, "Situational Awareness"

Webinar Descriptions

Webinar 1 - Current State

Held September 15, 2021

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Prior to President Biden's new climate change and sustainability Executive Orders there were policies and programs in place embracing sustainability principles such as fuel economy, green buildings, and pollution reduction. In the first webinar of the series, we cover what is already in place and available to government procurement and review the state of private sector efforts. The discussion will expand on the tyranny of low price over life cycle, or total ownership, cost as sustainment and disposal costs rise.

Webinar 2 - Future State

October 28

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Executive Orders on climate change and sustainability join a host of previous ones and more action is expected from the Administration. In the second presentation in this webinar series, we discuss sustainable procurement concepts to help comply and expand on the impact climate change will have on acquisition and contract management professionals for procurement and sustainment. The conversation draws on the first webinar in the series to examine private sector advances in sustainability as models for the U.S. Government.

Webinar 3 - Optimal State

November 18

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Highlighted Speaker

Andrew Mayock
Federal Chief Sustainability Officer, Council on Environmental Quality

NCMA's neutral forum and dynamic community can drive and support the evolution of policies, practices, and priorities. In this conversation we will share and collaboratively refine a vision of the optimal state of climate change and sustainability from the acquisition and contract management perspective.


Knowledge Center

Sustainable Procurement Tools

Recent Executive Orders

  • EO 14008: Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad
  • EO 13990: Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science To Tackle the Climate Crisis
  • EO 14027: Establishment of the Climate Change Support Office
  • EO 14030: Climate-Related Financial Risk
  • EO 14037: Strengthening American Leadership in Clean Cars and Trucks

Key Documents and Resources

Key Documents and Resources -cont.-

General Reading

  • The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming, David Wallace-Wells
  • The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here, Hope Jahren
  • All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, Ayana Elizabeth Johnson & Katharine K. Wilkinson
  • Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, Elizabeth Rush
  • All Hell Breaking Loose: The Pentagon's Perspective on Climate Change, Michael Klare

Partners, The Coalition of Willing

Your Feedback on FAR Proposal

Public comment period open until December 14 on the Federal Acquisition Regulation: Minimizing the Risk of Climate Change in Federal Acquisitions rule proposed by the Defense Department, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Federal Working Groups Feds Can Join for Help

  • The information on CDP, SBTI and EPA's work on GHG will be an extremely helpful starting point (and more) for a contracting community that knows little about decarbonizing the supply chains that they buy from.
  • For the Climate Related Financial Risk EO 14030, awareness of the TCFD report may be helpful to a few who are buying financial services on behalf of FEMA and Treasury, though they are likely already aware. Buying such services is a specialized and potent pivot point for diversifying the risk of contingent liability for adaptation resources.