The Sustainable Purchasing Program has been recognized nationally and locally for its work in reducing the impacts of government purchasing. Government purchasing is a powerful market driver and can push suppliers to improve the environmental and social profile of their product offerings. Additionally, purchasing more sustainable products is an effective way to cut an organization’s carbon footprint, decrease energy costs, and realize other sustainability benefits. In FY18, the state of Minnesota's purchases of more sustainable paper and electronics saved approximately $691,011 in lifetime costs, 6,922 MWh of energy, 490,000 gallons of water, and 5,353 metric tons of CO2e.
Minnesota’s Sustainable Procurement Program is a partnership between the Department of Administration’s Office of State Procurement and the MPCA. The team received an Outstanding Case Study Award from the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council for increasing the environmental and social sustainability of office furniture offered on state contracts through partnership with the Center for Environmental Health and MINNCOR.
The program is also one of 10 agencies being recognized by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs with a State Government Innovation Award for creating the Sustainable Procurement Charter. The award highlights state government agencies around Minnesota whose employees are finding creative ways to deliver services to Minnesotans with greater impact and at a lower cost. For more about the State Government Innovation Awards, as well as the individual award winners and their innovations, visit sgia.umn.edu.
If you’re interested in learning more about the State’s sustainable procurement efforts, please see our newly updated webpage for more information.