The city of Cleveland has instituted a policy to promote local foods, offering certified “local sustainable businesses” a 5 percent discount on city contracts.
Green City Blue Lake reports that the incentive will offer a “huge advantage” because most city contracts are decided by less than 5 percent.
The legislation, however, won’t apply to the largest consumer, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
Still, city officials hope the policy will help stimulate a “self-help economy” and promote sustainability.
The idea emerged out of Cleveland’s newly established Office of Sustainability.