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The MPCA works with the State's Department of Administration to develop specifications designed to reduce the impacts of targeted product and service contracts. Many state contracts may be used by public entities in Minnesota. Certain non-profits are also eligible to purchase from state contracts.

Read more about HTML icon Minnesota's Cooperative Purchasing Venture (CPV) online to learn about accessing state contracts.

Information Technology (IT)

Information technology products rely on highly intensive production processes, consume energy during product use, and require complicated end of life management. Reducing organizational demand for new electronics, such as extending product replacement cycles, is the best first step to minimizing impacts. When purchasing electronics, opt for sustainable goods and services that reduce its impact on the supply chain across the entire lifecycle of the product.

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Sustainability resources

  • EPEAT is a system of product ratings that helps purchasers select high-performance electronic products that meet sustainability criteria.
  • TCO Certified maintains a comprehensive sustainability certification for IT products, helping purchases make responsible product choices that drive the industry in a sustainable direction.
  • ENERGY STAR calculator to analyze estimated savings by purchasing sustainable office equipment.

Building and facility

Buildings and facility operations contribute significantly to energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Overall, buildings use nearly half of the total electricity generated, contributing nearly 45 percent of total CO2 emissions in the U.S.

Environmental impacts from buildings include water use, heating, cooling, waste, and land use. Indoor building environments also impact human health. Selecting sustainable materials when designing or retrofitting a building provides a healthier environment, enhanced social well-being, and economic savings.

State contracts

PDF icon Ballasts (w-ps3-34)

Contract Release B-308(5). Requirements for fluorescent and compact fluorescent (electronic only) and electronic and magnetic HID. In order to optimize energy usage, a rigorous requirement list must be met before ballasts will be purchased by the state.

PDF icon Carpet & Resilient Flooring (w-ps3-31)

Contract Release C-432(5). Requirements including recycled-content, green label certification, and recycling of old materials. Carpet and flooring must meet specific standards such as the GREEN GUARD for Children & Schools Standard.

PDF icon Lamps (w-ps3-29)

Contract release L-290(5) lamps – tubular, CFLs, fluorescent, high pressure sodium, LED, and others. All lamps must meet specific standards and submit the Environmental Worksheet and the Price Schedule before consideration for purchase.

PDF icon Water treatment chemicals (w-ps3-35)

Contract Release W-197(5). Includes requirements to reduce the use of toxic chemicals and protect water quality.

PDF icon Winter maintenance/snow removal (w-ps3-36)

Contract releases S-687, S-944, and S-1004. Includes requirements for winter maintenance and snow removal at certain state-owned properties.

Sustainability resources

Janitorial

Maintaining clean, sanitary facilities ensures customer satisfaction and protects public health. Purchasers can help protect human health and the environment by choosing sustainable janitorial supplies. Green products perform just as well as their conventional counterparts. The State of Minnesota prioritizes the purchase of janitorial supplies that provide optimal performance while also protecting human health and the environment.

State contracts

PDF icon Cleaning supplies (w-ps3-25)

Contract Release C-252(5). All cleaning products, with the exception of disinfectants, must be certified by Green Seal or EcoLogo, or recognized by the EPA’s Safer Product Labeling Program. Disinfectants are required to meet three human health criteria. These requirements ensure that products are safe to use and environmentally conscious.

PDF icon Compostable bags (w-ps3-26)

Contract Release B-351(5). More than 30% of what we throw away is organic material, such as food waste. Bags for collecting organic recycling must be certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI).

PDF icon Dish and laundry (w-ps3-33)

Contract Release C-983(5). A list of mandatory and desirable characteristics of dish and laundry cleaning compounds. The list helps to verify the safety and environmental integrity of products.

PDF icon Industrial paper products (w-ps3-28)

Contract release P-661(5) industrial paper products: tissue, towels, napkins, and wipers. Sustainable products on this contract must either be Green Seal or EcoLogo certified or contain 100% recycled content.

 

Sustainability resources

Office

At work, high volume purchases, such as paper and toner, can have significant environmental impacts. These products contribute to greenhouse gas emissions through manufacturing, packaging, delivery, product use, and disposal. Choose products that are the least impactful on the environment. For example, when purchasing paper and toner, opt for the highest level of recycled-content paper and remanufactured or high-yield toner cartridges. Printing less is the best way to save money and minimize environmental impacts.

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  • Innovative Office Solutions. The state contract offers great pricing on remanufactured and high yield toner cartridges and recycled content paper. Make sure to look for the green chasing arrows symbol to determine whether the products contain recycled content.

Sustainability resources

  • EPA compiled a list of trusted products and services that meet sustainability criteria. 
  • Index of Resources by CalRecycle, includes everything from reducing office waste to various case studies.
  • Paper Calculator by Environmental Paper Network is a useful tool for determining the environmental impacts of paper consumption.
  • MPCA case studies on remanufactured toner performance.

Food service

Demand for disposable or single-use products has increased over the last few decades. To reduce environmental impacts, choose reusable, recyclable, and compostable food service products.

State contract

PDF icon Compostable food ware (w-ps3-27)

Contact Release F- 535(5). Product specifications and certifications are listed in the contract. Products must be BPI-certified and must not contain perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS).

Sustainability resources

Other

PDF icon Drilling (w-ps3-32)

Contract Release D-203(5). Includes monitoring wells, water supply wells, soil borings, collecting soil and groundwater samples, installing gas monitoring probes and gas vents, well sealing – 87 counties.