Broadest environmentally preferable purchasing portfolio in the industry

Through the Vizient Environmentally Preferred Sourcing Program, we provide the necessary framework for your hospital or health system to implement and maintain an environmentally preferable purchasing program that supports your hospital sustainability efforts.

We incorporate standardized environmentally preferred attribute collection into our request for proposal (RFP) process so that we can gather and add these attributes to our data system. Members can see these attributes during any product search and can also narrow search results according to desired attributes.

Clarity in eco-friendly product attributes

We collaborated with our Environmental Advisory Council to standardize 23 Environmentally Preferred product attributes, which have been adopted by others within the industry as the definition of what it means to be eco-friendly.


Request the attribute list

Environmentally Preferred Advisory Solutions

In conjunction with a third-party consultant, Vizient® supports members as they establish or augment their sustainability programs. We can assess your current initiatives and make recommendations around climate change, sustainability and purchasing.

Environmentally Preferred Analytics

Our analytics resources help members use their spend data to make informed decisions that improve sustainability. The environmentally preferred (EP) purchasing dashboard consolidates your reported purchase data to provide your EP purchasing percentage. DataLYNX™ provides access to line-item detail with EP attributes. Receive more customized reports through the EPP module (available in 2021) of Vizient Savings Actualyzer™, which identifies improvement opportunities and provides benchmarking insights.

Assistance with implementing hospital sustainability programs

Vizient helps hospitals and health systems understand how to implement an environmentally preferred sourcing policy and program, and why it’s important. Working together in a consistent and thoughtful manner, Vizient members can learn to set reasonable and achievable targets that are financially viable, environmentally sound, health improving and inspiring.

Let the Vizient EPS Toolkit be your guide as you start building or improving your green program today.

Information for suppliers to participate in our program

Vizient encourages all of our awarded suppliers to help support these goals by submitting their products’ environmental attributes, such as whether they’re recyclable, mercury-free, BPA-free and more. This helps members choose products best suited to their needs when they issue requests for proposal. See the EPS program fact sheet for suppliers.

Insights to support your environmentally sustainable supply chain

Our industry leadership is bolstered by the expertise of many experienced Vizient sustainability professionals, who frequently write and speak publicly about environmentally preferred purchasing issues.

More from Vizient Newsroom

For more information on how you can source safer and healthier products that support environmentally preferred initiatives, contact the Environmentally Preferred Sourcing team at

For additional information on how to implement sustainable practices into your organization, contact Terri Scannell, Senior Director for social responsibility.

Vizient members have exclusive access to additional resources and information.