Information technology

In the age of rapid technological advancements, it is important to understand the relationship between technology and the supply chain. Information technology (IT) products — including computers, phones, and other devices — rely on highly intensive production processes, consume energy during product use, and require complicated end-of-life management. Negative social impacts within the IT supply chain have also been well documented. Reducing organizational demand for new electronics (e.g., by extending product replacement cycles) is the best first step to minimizing impacts. When purchasing electronics, opting for sustainable IT goods and services allows purchasers to reduce their impacts on the supply chain across the entire lifecycle of a product.

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State contract specifications

  • Computers, monitors, and multifunction devices:
    • The Minnesota Buy.IT Standards Program managed by MN.IT (the IT agency for Minnesota’s Executive Branch), requires EPEAT registration for all computers, monitors, and multifunction devices.
    • Contract release C-1046 (Computers — desktops, laptops, tablets, monitors, accessories, & services) requires computers and displays be EPEAT Bronze registered or better.
    • Contract release C-1005 (Multifunction devices — combined copier, printer, scanners) requires devices be EPEAT Bronze registered or better.
  • Audio-visual products: Vendors on contract release A-203 may offer products that are ENERGY STAR, EPEAT, or TCO Certified. State agencies should purchase these products when available.
  • Coming soon: Wireless devices and services.

Sustainability resources