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GreenStep City Best Practices Environmental Management

Sustainable Purchasing
no. 15

Adopt environmentally preferable purchasing policies and practices to improve health and environmental outcomes.
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Establish a local purchasing preference and, working with a local business association, develop a list of locally-produced products and suppliers for common purchases.

 
By practice seek to purchase locally; develop a list of locally-produced products for use by city staff; make the list available to residents and businesses.
Achieve 1 Star rating AND require purchase of a set percentage of city government purchases to be from the list.
Develop list in conjunction with adjacent communities (cities or counties) to recognize regional economic base and increase diversity of goods and products on the list.

Apple Valley

Date action report first entered:   03/26/2015
Date of last report update:   03/26/2015

Implementation details:
Kwik Kopy prints our business cards and is an Apple Valley business. Other local businesses the City patronizes include Apple Valley Ford and Collision, Napa Auto Parts, and several other auto parts businesses help maintain our fleet. The City will create a list and share this information with other local consumers and businesses.

For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff)   |   CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us   |   952-953-2508

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Fergus Falls

Date action report first entered:   01/14/2016
Date of last report update:   01/14/2016

Implementation details:
The City of Fergus Falls purchases many of our office supply items from the two local office supply stores in the city. We encourage our staff members to purchase routine supplies from the locally owned businesses whenever possible and we are members of the Chamber of Commerce as well.

For more information contact:
Len Taylor (City staff)   |   len.taylor@ci.fergus-falls.mn.us   |   218-332-5418

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Hastings

Date action report first entered:   04/27/2016
Date of last report update:   04/27/2016

Implementation details:
By practice we at the City of Hastings seek to purchase local.

For more information contact:
Melanie Mesko-Lee (City staff)   |   mmesko_lee@hastingsmn.gov   |   651-480-2326

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Isanti

Date action report first entered:   02/25/2016
Date of last report update:   02/25/2016

Implementation details:
The city does not have a specific policy in place about local purchasing, however; Isanti makes every effort to purchase locally as a first choice. We have accounts set up with the following types of locally owned businesses: hardware, grocery, gas, auto repair, signs, and a marketing business that provides everything from embroidered shirts to the City flag. The Economic Development Director maintains a list of all businesses within the City and an inventory of the types of services or products they offer. A list of local businesses is available on the City’s website.

Descriptive links: http://www.cityofisanti.us/economic-development/business-list

For more information contact:
Ryan Kernosky (City staff)   |   rkernosky@cityofisanti.us   |   763-444-5512

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Red Wing

Date action report first entered:   06/05/2011

Implementation details:
The city does not have a specific policy in place about local purchasing, but rather it is implied. The city makes every effort to purchase locally in every instance as a first choice. With Red Wing's geographic location and the fact that it's the largest town within a 25 mile radius, it makes sense financially for the city to purchase locally.

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744

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Sartell

Date action report first entered:   04/24/2017
Date of last report update:   04/24/2017
Year action initially completed:   2016
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The city takes every effort to purchase products and supplies locally within the St. Cloud area.

For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff)   |   nate.keller@sartellmn.com   |   320-258-7316

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Shoreview

Date action report first entered:   04/26/2013

Implementation details:
The City uses recycled paper from Anchor in St. Paul and printing services from River Print also in St. Paul. City staff use these vendors and would be happy to make the list available to others.

For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff)   |   ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov   |   651-490-4665

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Hopkins pending

Date action report first entered:   12/03/2010

Implementation details:
Hopkins typically buys from local manufacturers whenever possible. A list of locally-produced products and suppliers for common purchases is currently being created. Again, no specific policy is in place but it is something the City is working on.

For more information contact:
Amy Domeier (City staff)   |   Adomeier@hopkinsmn.com   |   952-548-6304

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Kasson pending

Date action report first entered:   05/13/2011

Implementation details:
Underway: Construction a local purchasing Policy and working with the Chamber of Commerce, which already promotes buying local.

For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff)   |   financedept@cityofkasson.com   |   507-634-6321

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Saint Anthony pending

Date action report first entered:   05/05/2011

Implementation details:
The City of St. Anthony supports a farmers market focusing on locally grown produce. Additionally, the City supports the Shop Local Program through the Chamber of Commerce. The City purchaes supplies and vendor services locally when possible.

For more information contact:
Jay Hartman (City staff)   |   jay.hartman@ci.saint-anthony.mn.us   |   612-782-3314

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pending means a star rating has not yet been assigned to this city


 
greenstep advisor
Melissa Peck, Sustainable Purchasing Specialist, MN Pollution Control Agency: 651/757-2343, melissa.peck@state.mn.us, http://www.pca.state.mn.us/epp