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.
|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 electronics and paper purchases. Paper-related environmental impact estimates were made using the Environmental Paper Network Paper Calculator Version 4.0.
Sustainable contracts highlights
- Computers 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.
- Office furniture (F-379(5)): Systems furniture, seating, and other office furniture available on this contract limits key chemicals of concern including formaldehyde and other volatile organic chemicals, antimicrobials, flame retardants, polyvinyl chloride, and fluorinated stain resistant chemicals. Sustainable office furniture is also available on MINNCOR contract M-566.
- Cleaning chemicals (C-252(5)): Cleaning products offered must meet 3rd party certification standards, either Green Seal, Ecologo, or EPA Safer Choice, to ensure they have a lower environmental and social impact. For example, a conventional ready to use restroom cleaner can have 17 times more marine ecotoxicity, 15 times more freshwater ecotoxicity, and 10 times more human toxicity impact than that of the equivalent certified products offered on the contract.
Upcoming contracts targeted for sustainability
- Painting (P-719(5))
- Computers (C-871(5))
- Janitorial paper products (P-661(5))
- Lamps (L-290(5)
“When MINNCOR Industries set out to establish an environmentally friendly and sustainable office furniture line, we knew there would be some challenges. Good things come from good partnerships and with the assistance from the Center for Environmental Health and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, we were able to achieve our goal and our customers couldn’t be happier. They can now verify that their MINNCOR sustainable furniture does not contain certain chemical additives that could damage our environment. Not only have our customers have responded in a positive manner but, our employees know that they are contributing to a safer Minnesota as well. MINNCOR Industries is proud to be a provider of environmentally friendly, sustainable office furniture. Please refer to MINNCOR contract M-566 or F-379 for additional details.” — Michael Donovan, MINNCOR
The MPCA partnership with MINNCOR Industries not only moves the needle on environmental sustainability, it supports the economic and social aspects of sustainability as well. MINNCOR’s mission is to “provide offenders job skills training to support positive behavior and successful transition into the community, at no cost to taxpayers.” Offering sustainable products not only benefits the state’s customer base, but provides knowledge and training to the State’s incarcerated population to better prepare them for various employment opportunities when they are released.
Sustainable Purchasing Program awards
- EPEAT – Two-Star Purchaser Award
- SPLC Case Study Award for “Building the sustainability capacity of small, minority, woman, economically disadvantaged, and veteran-owned businesses”
- SPLC Case Study Award for “Establishing a Formal Sustainable Procurement Program”
MPCA and Dept. of Administration were recognized for Sustainable Procurement Charter, helping agencies purchase goods and services with greater impact and at a lower cost.