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 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.
- Computers, monitors, Multi-function devices (MFDs): Minnesota Buy.IT Standards Program. Products are required to be EPEAT registered (standards are refreshed every 6-12 months).
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Contract Release W-197(5). Includes requirements to reduce the use of toxic chemicals and protect water quality.
Contract releases S-687, S-944, and S-1004. Includes requirements for winter maintenance and snow removal at certain state-owned properties.
- United States Green Building Council. Facilities managers can join the more than 79,000 LEED certified projects across the globe.
- ENERGY STAR Program provides resources on many low-cost initiatives aimed at reducing energy consumption in buildings.
- Whole Building Design Guide offers tools geared towards energy savings. It includes case studies that highlight the environmental, social, and economic benefits of sustainable buildings.
- Kicking Toxics Out of the Workplace in-depth guide focuses on improving the indoor building environment.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
- Cleaners, Sanitizers, and Disinfectant Products Guide assists in the selecting cleaning products for state agencies.
- Green Seal and UL EcoLogo develop sustainability standards for cleaning chemicals.
- EPA’s Safer Choice program helps consumers, businesses, and purchasers find products that perform and are safer for human health and the environment.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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).
- Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI). Search for certified compostable products.
- Responsible Purchasing Network guide outlines best purchasing practices through reports and webinars
- Avoiding hidden hazards. A purchasers guide to safer foodware from the Center for Environmental Health to help you find alternatives to perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) packaging.
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.