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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.
  Best Practice Action 4      [ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ]       [all actions]

Require purchase of U.S. EPA WaterSense-certified products.

 
  • U.S. EPA-sponsored WaterSense appliances and standards.
Require that all city purchases of water-using products, and all city development or renovation, meet WaterSense certification.
Achieve 1 Star AND publicize the City's requirement and encourage citizens and businesses to purchase WaterSense products.
Run a rebate program for business/residents to purchase WaterSense products; join EPA WaterSense program; achieve 1 Star AND work with local vendors to stock and routinely promote WaterSense products.

New Brighton

Date action report first entered:   07/12/2017
Date of last report update:   07/12/2017
Year action initially completed:   2016
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
In 2016, New Brighton received a Clean Water Fund grant focused on improving the city’s water efficiency through managing residential water systems. New Brighton offered rebates to apartment complexes that used significantly more water than their peers. These property owners were customers of the municipal water supply system and they replaced existing toilets and fixtures with more efficient, sustainable devices (which were labeled as U.S. EPA WaterSense-certified). New Brighton also purchases WaterSense-certified products when updating government facilities. The City ensured optimal water efficiency for new City Hall restrooms during a recent remodel in 2016. In all the restrooms, WaterSense-certified toilets and water efficient sinks were installed

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For more information contact:
Craig Schlichting (City staff)   |   craig.schlichting@newbrightonmn.gov   |   651-638-2056

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Shoreview

Date action report first entered:   04/26/2013

Implementation details:
The City became member of the EPA's WaterSense program in 2014. Future equipment replacements as needed will meet WaterSense certification as required by our adopted Environmental Purchasing Policy.

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

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Eagan

Date action report first entered:   04/19/2012

Implementation details:
The City Council approved Environment Purchasing Guidelines include a provision that water-saving products purchased by the City will meet the WaterSense certification when such products are available and financially feasible.

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For more information contact:
Andrew Pimental (City staff)   |   apimental@cityofeagan.com   |   651/675-5506

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Roseville

Date action report first entered:   12/30/2014
Date of last report update:   02/11/2015

Implementation details:
The city participates in the Water Sense program. The Water Sense program has been communicated to businesses and residents.

For more information contact:
Ryan Johnson (City staff)   |   Ryan.johnson@cityofroseville.com   |   651-792-7049

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Warren

Date action report first entered:   05/10/2018
Date of last report update:   05/10/2018
Year action initially completed:   2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
1-Star Passed a city council resolution to approve a Sustainable Purchasing Policy that requires city buildings, developments, and renovations to purchase WaterSense-certified equipment. 2-Star Met the expectations for 1-Star; the City's requirement for WaterSense-certified product purchasing in its buildings is displayed on its front page.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The city council verified the Sustainable Purchasing Policy.

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For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343

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Apple Valley

Date action report first entered:   03/30/2015
Date of last report update:   03/30/2015

Implementation details:
The City purchases the most efficient water-using products for operations when economically feasible.

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

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Duluth

Date action report first entered:   05/26/2014
Date of last report update:   06/04/2014

Implementation details:
Facilities Management Division requires the purchse of U.S. EPA WaterSense certified products or their equivalent for commmercial use.

For more information contact:
Alex Jackson, Energy Coordinator (City staff)   |   ajackson@DuluthMN.gov   |   218-730-4433

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Golden Valley

Date action report first entered:   06/27/2017
Date of last report update:   06/27/2017
Year action initially completed:   2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
In 2017, new sustainable purchasing guidelines were sent out to all City employees. These guidelines included specifications that all new fixtures and products that use water (including, but not limited to, sinks, toilets, urinals, showerheads, pre-rinse spray valves, and irrigation controllers) will be WaterSense certified when such products are available and financially feasible.

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For more information contact:
Marc Nevinksi (City staff)   |   mnevinski@goldenvalleymn.gov   |   763-593-8008

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Hastings

Date action report first entered:   09/07/2016
Date of last report update:   09/07/2016

Implementation details:
Hastings City Council approved the attached policy on September 6, 2016 outlining the requirements for purchasing WaterSense certified products.

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For more information contact:
Megan White (City staff)   |   MWhite@hastingsmn.gov   |   651-480-6159

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Mountain Iron

Date action report first entered:   12/08/2015
Date of last report update:   12/08/2015

Implementation details:
Section II(4) of our Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policy requires the purchase of WaterSense certified products

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For more information contact:
Craig Wainio (City staff)   |   cwainio@ci.mountain-iron.mn.us   |   218-748-7570

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New Hope

Date action report first entered:   12/01/2015
Date of last report update:   12/01/2015

Implementation details:
The city adopted an Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Policy on November 23, 2015 that calls for the purchase of WaterSense certified products.

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For more information contact:
Jeff Alger (City staff)   |   jalger@ci.new-hope.mn.us   |   763-531-5119

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Northfield

Date action report first entered:   04/09/2015
Date of last report update:   04/09/2015

Implementation details:
Northfield City Council passed Resolution 2015-035 requiring the purchase of EPA WaterSense certified products.

Outcome measures/metrics:
During future renovation projects, EPA WaterSense products will be purchased.

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For more information contact:
Tim Behrendt (City staff)   |   tim.behrendt@ci.northfield.mn.us   |   507-645-3027

Partners:
EPA

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Oakdale

Date action report first entered:   04/07/2015
Date of last report update:   04/07/2015

Implementation details:
City employees follow environmentally friendly purchasing guidelines when buying water-using products, purchasing US EPA's WaterSense certified products whenever possible and economically feasible.

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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff)   |   jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us   |   651-730-2723

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White Bear Lake

Date action report first entered:   04/30/2014

Implementation details:
The City adopted an Environment Purchasing Policy on April 22, 2014 that includes a provision that water-saving products purchased by the City will meet the WaterSense certification when such products are available and financially feasible.

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For more information contact:
Connie Taillon (City staff)   |   ctaillon@whitebearlake.org   |   651-429-8564

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Woodbury

Date action report first entered:   04/27/2013

Implementation details:
Water saving products purchased by the city meet the WaterSense certification when such products are available. At this time, purchase of WaterSense products is a practice, but it will be included in the EPP that is currently being developed.

For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff)   |   jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us   |   651-714-3522

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Cottage Grove pending

Date action report first entered:   03/22/2017
Date of last report update:   03/22/2017
Year action initially completed:   2016
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
Replaced several facility toilets with U.S. EPA WaterSense toilets and replaced washing machines at Ice Arena with U.S. EPA WaterSense Washing Machines

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For more information contact:
Ryan Burfeind (City staff)   |   rburfeind@cottage-grove.org   |   651-458-2899

Partners:
Kraft Contracting & Mechanical L.L.C.

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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