Annual results for past fiscal year

The Sustainable Procurement Program is a strategic partnership between the Department of Administration and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Directed by the Sustainable Procurement Charter, our mission is to use the purchasing power of state government to drive the market for sustainable goods and services.

This update highlights the outcomes of the Sustainable Procurement Program and identifies upcoming efforts. Incorporating sustainability into contracts drives economic prosperity, improves social well-being, and reduces impacts on the environment.

  Goal FY2019
Environmental sustainability 25% of purchases on priority contracts are sustainable by 2025 21.1% (approximate) sustainable spending – up from 16.6% in FY18
Social sustainability 10% of all state purchasing will be with certified minority, woman, economically disadvantaged and veteran-owned businesses 8.2% total spending was with certified minority, woman, economically disadvantaged and veteran-owned businesses – up from 7.7% in FY18


Benefits for FY2019 are conservative and reflect only purchases of electronics and paper. Paper-related environmental impact estimates were made using the Environmental Paper Network Paper Calculator Version 4.0.

Carbon dioxide Water Energy Sustainable contracts Lifetime costs


metric tons of CO2e saved


gallons saved


MWh saved


of priority contracts are 100% sustainable
(9 of 19 priority contracts require more sustainable products)


in lifetime costs saved
(Lifetime costs include cost savings for non-hazardous solid waste disposal and for energy use)

Sustainable contracts highlights

  • Minnesota state purchases of recycled paper in FY2019: 90% is recycled contentComputers and multi-functional devices (C-1046(5)): Desktops, laptops, monitors, and other EPEAT available on these contracts must be EPEAT-registered, which provides energy and cost savings and decreases our carbon footprint and waste.
  • Painting (P-719(5)): Vendors offer paints that have third-party sustainability certifications, such as Master Painters Institute “Extreme Green”, GreenSeal 43, GreenSeal 11, GreenGuard UL 2818, SCS Indoor Advantage Gold, GreenWise Gold, or UL GREENGUARD Gold, as well as low-VOC, and recycled content-containing paints. When available, buyers are encouraged to select these more sustainable options.
  • Lamps (L-290(5)): To move the State of Minnesota’s lamp purchases toward LEDs, which are better overall, longer lasting, and have no mercury, all screw based, self-ballasted compact fluorescent lamps were eliminated in FY2019. L-290(5) was considered 100% sustainable before the 2019 re-solicitation, but this is an example of the Sustainable Procurement Program updating specifications to push for even greater sustainability.

Upcoming contracts targeted for sustainability (FY21)

  • Carpet and resilient flooring (C-432(5))
  • Office supplies (O-86(5))
  • Paper (P-942(5))
  • Waste hauling, recycling & organics

Communication expansion

The Sustainable Procurement Program has worked to increase program visibility and resource availability over the last year. In 2019, we saw the authoring of two new one-page guidance documents, a website overhaul, and we will see the publication of the first annual Sustainable Procurement Program Update. One of the guidance documents was designed to assist state agencies in increasing the sustainability of their purchases and work toward the sustainable spend goal dictated in EO-19-27, and one to assist cities, counties, and non-profits in using state contracts to increase their sustainable spend. The new website clearly lays out programmatic information and resources for state agencies, cities, counties and non-profits, as well as vendors hoping to bid on state contracts with sustainability requirements. Finally, we anticipate publication of our first annual Sustainable Procurement Program Update by the end of the year to better communicate the successes achieved and progress made within the program. These achievements will increase the ability of the program to decrease embedded emissions, as well as other negative social and environmental impacts associated with government consumption.

Sustainable Purchasing Program awards

  • EPEAT – Four-Star Purchaser Award
  • SPLC Case Study Award for “Sustainable Office Furniture on NASPO ValuePoint Participating Agreement and MINNCOR Industries Contract”
  • Humphrey School of Public Affairs’ State Government Innovation Award for the Sustainable Procurement Program