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Environmentally preferable purchasing

Sustainable purchasing leadership council Public entities have major purchasing power — this means your purchases can make a positive impact on human health, the environment, and your budget.

The MPCA's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) program works to increase the availability of environmentally preferable products on state contracts, help public entities green their procurement programs, and share EPP news and information with the EPP community.  The EPP program also works with the Product Stewardship  team on the issue of standards, certifications, and ecolabels.

Determine your impact

You can calculate the impact of your purchases through a variety of calculators.

  • HTML Content Calculator - Remanufactured toner cartridges External Link
    Using remanufactured toner cartridges instead of new ones eliminates a waste stream and can reduce your Agency’s purchasing costs. This tool calculates the savings from using remanufactured toner cartridges for laser printers. (NYC Deparatment of Sanitation)
  • HTML Content Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator (U.S. EPA) External Link
    Developed to assist organizations in estimating the environmental and economic benefits of greening their purchase, use and disposal of electronics. (Federal Electronics Challenge)
  • HTML Content Energy Star Savings Calculators External Link
    Spreadsheet-based calculators to estimate how much money and energy you can save purchasing ENERGY STAR certified products. (ENERGY STAR)
  • HTML Content Green Cleaning Pollution Prevention Calculator (U.S. EPA) External Link
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed this tool to estimate benefits from adopting "green" cleaning practices. This tool enables users to identify which green cleaning measures will have the greatest impact in reducing their use of hazardous chemicals and in preventing pollution.
  • HTML Content Paper Calculator (Environmental Paper Network) External Link
    The premier tool for measuring the environmental impacts of paper and discovering the best paper choices. Use it to quantify the impacts of your paper usage, and to compare different grades and types of paper with varying amounts of recycled content.
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