Northcroft: Government supply chain driving sustainability

George Northcroft heads up the U.S. General Services Administration in the Northwest and provides examples of sustainability initiatives.

George Northcroft heads up the U.S. General Services Administration in the Northwest and provides examples of sustainability initiatives.

Editors note: This is the fourth and final installment of the Green Line Series, interviews that GoGreen Conference is conducting in advance of GoGreen '11 Portland on Oct. 4. The first interview was with Rep. Jules Bailey, D-Portland, the second was with Lori Wigle of Intel Corp. and the the third was with Hannah Jones of Nike Inc.


The U.S. Government is the largest landowner in the world. When they decide to go green, it amounts to huge impact. In this week’s Green Line Series, U.S. General Services Administration’s Northwest/Arctic Regional Administrator, George Northcroft, tells us how greening the government’s supply chain is driving a more sustainable economy in Oregon and beyond.

GoGreen Conference: When the government decides to green its supply chain — what does that encompass? How far is GSA going in terms of implementing sustainable best practices?

George Northcroft: GSA is looking at the big picture of our carbon footprint, and that includes the supply chain. Right now, we are looking at how we can incorporate sustainability requirements into our supply chain contracts. While we’re still working out the details, this would likely mean asking our suppliers to provide a greenhouse gas inventory of their own emissions, for GSA to use in procurement decisions. We are currently doing a pilot program called the GreenGov Supply Chain Partnership to work with industry to learn the best way to do this.

GG: The U.S. Government is naturally a huge consumer of goods, services and raw resources. How do your choices impact the overall supply chain of sustainable goods in this country?

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