The improve phase of the sustainability management cycle focuses on implementing the practical solutions to the root causes identified in the analysis phase. It is not possible to anticipate all possible issues that arise in the wide variety of manufacturing supply chain sectors; therefore, this section provides information on some common issues such as material hazards and energy use (See “Environmental Management” for improvement opportunities), green purchasing requirements, and identified possible funding sources for improvement projects.

Company Internal Environmental Improvement  - The areas of environmental impact should always be considered, namely energy consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions, air emissions, water use, waste generation, natural resources, chemical use and the impacts of procured goods. See “Environmental Management” pages on this website.

Collaboration & Partnership - A company may consider entering into collaboration and partnerships with other organizations and strategic entities.

  • Educate suppliers on sustainability by hosting / promoting sustainability events.  Demonstrate commitment to supplier improvement by implementing supplier development programs.
  • Encourage transparency and visibility.

Capacity Building - Industry Collaboration & Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships to advance objectives efficiently.

Green Purchasing

  • NYS EO4
    NYS has established a State Green Procurement and Agency Sustainability Program, which directs all state agencies, departments, offices, commissions, public authorities and public benefit corporations to green their procurements and to implement sustainability initiatives in accordance with Executive Order No. 4 (“EO4”).
  • US EPA Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP)
    Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) helps the federal government "buy green," and in doing so, uses the federal government's purchasing power to stimulate market demand for green products and services.
  • National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) Green Purchasing Guide
    NASPO's Green Purchasing Guide provides purchasers with a basic understanding green purchasing, offers recommended steps and strategies to enable the implementation of a green purchasing program.
  • The Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN)
    The Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) is an international network of buyers dedicated to socially responsible and environmentally sustainable purchasing.

NYS Financial Assistance for Improvement Projects

NYS Empire State Development Environmental Investment Program (EIP)
This program helps businesses capture the economic benefits associated with pollution prevention, waste reduction, re-use, recycling and sustainable products and process technologies.

NYS Empire State Development Environmental Small Business Environmental Ombudsman (SBEO)
To provide businesses with free, confidential assistance to help them understand and comply with environmental regulations.