In Minnesota, most sustainable purchasing requirements are implemented at the local government level. However, Minnesota Statute 16C.073 requires all public entities to follow environmentally preferable printing practices, including use of paper with a minimum of 30% post-consumer recycled content. The federal requirement for printing/copy paper is also 30% post-consumer recycled content.
Statutes and executive orders related to sustainable purchasing that state agencies must follow. The Office of Enterprise Sustainability helps state agencies meet sustainability goals.
- Executive Order 17-12
Establishes sustainability goals for all Minnesota state agencies that improve operational practices. Sustainable procurement goal: 25 percent of total spend on priority contracts are sustainable purchases by 2025.
- Purchase of recycled, repairable, and durable materials (16C.0725)
10% price preference for recycled materials. Encourages purchasers to specify products containing post-consumer recycled content and durable, reusable, recyclable, and less-toxic products.
- Review of decabromodiphenyl ether (325E.387)
Purchase of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)-free products.
Federal government entities are required to follow the Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines.