Best Practice Action Detail

Best Practice Action 15.4

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

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

  • U.S. EPA-sponsored WaterSense appliances and standards.
1 star Require that all city purchases of water-using products, and all city development or renovation, meet WaterSense certification.
2 star Achieve 1 Star AND publicize the City's requirement and encourage citizens and businesses to purchase WaterSense products.
3 star 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.

Who's doing it

New Brighton - 3 star
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Year action initially completed: 2016
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 - 3 star
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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 - 2 star
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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 - 2 star
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The city participates in the Water Sense program.
The Water Sense program has been communicated to businesses and residents.
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For more information contact:
Ryan Johnson (City staff) | Ryan.johnson@cityofroseville.com | 651-792-7049
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Warren - 2 star
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Year action initially completed: 2018
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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/money saved:
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 - 1 star
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The City purchases the most efficient water-using products for operations when economically feasible.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
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Duluth - 1 star
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Year action initially completed: 2010
Implementation details:
2019 Update: Comfort Systems, the municipally owned water utility, encourages residents to purchase Watersense appliances to reduce residential energy use.

Facilities Management Division requires the purchse of U.S. EPA WaterSense certified products or their equivalent for commmercial use.
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For more information contact:
Alex Jackson, Energy Coordinator (City staff) | ajackson@DuluthMN.gov | 218-730-4433
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Edina - 1 star
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The Energy and Environment Commission (EEC) has approved a draft of an environmental purchasing policy, which is yet to be reviewed by City Council at the 2-21-12 EEC/City Council Work Session. Purchasing choices will require the purchase of U.S. EPSense-certified products for all product categories covered by the Water Sense program.
(reviewing purchasing policy)
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For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff) | tbrown@edinamn.gov | (952)826-1621
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Golden Valley - 1 star
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Year action initially completed: 2017
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 - 1 star
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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 Schlei (City Staff) | MSchlei@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-6159
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Mountain Iron - 1 star
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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 - 1 star
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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 - 1 star
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Northfield City Council passed Resolution 2015-035 requiring the purchase of EPA WaterSense certified products.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
During future renovation projects, EPA WaterSense products will be purchased.
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For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
Partners: EPA
Oakdale - 1 star
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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 - 1 star
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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 - 1 star
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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.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
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Cottage Grove - Pending
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Year action initially completed: 2016
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.