Sustainable purchasing resources

Programmatic resources

  • To further the State of Minnesota’s Sustainable Procurement Program, the MPCA used funding from an EPA grant for consultant feedback on how to advance sustainable procurement. Other programs may find the guidance document, Furthering Life Cycle Assessment-Based Procurement Specification in State Contracts, useful in advancing their own program.
  • The procurement of products and services contribute significantly to many organization’s environmental impacts. A “spend analysis” can help an organization understand the impacts of their own spending and prioritize product categories to reap the largest potential environmental improvements through development of targeted procurement specifications. The MPCA PDF icon State Purchasing Contracts Environmental Impact Analysis provides methodology and rationale for undertaking a spend analysis.
  • West Coast Climate Forum provides resources for sustainable purchasing programs, including a “How-To” guide, which offers a general method for estimating the climate impacts of government purchasing in a step-by-step format, a trend analysis tool to help organizations that do not have the resources to conduct a GHG analysis on their supply chain, and their Climate Friendly Purchasing Toolkit including a variety of resources for programs.
  • By adopting a sustainable purchasing policy your organization demonstrates that it is committed to reducing the environmental, social, and economic impacts of its purchases. MPCA guidance on Developing a Sustainable Purchasing Policy, developed by our Green Group, provides guidance on adopting your own policy.

MPCA case studies and product specific guidance