Best Practice Action Detail

Best Practice Action 15.8

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 8

Use state and national green standards/guidelines for at least 3 categories of purchasing/investments such as electronics, cleaning products, flooring/coatings.

1 star List the categories for which the city has adopted standards/guidelines: (a) Electronics (including computer, printers, printer operation, and printer supplies - especially remanufactured cartridges); (b) Wood products / bio-based products (including compostable 'dinnerware'); (c) Organic food; (d) Cleaning products; (e) Less/non-toxic pesticides/herbicides; (f) Paints, coatings and adhesives, (g) Carpets, flooring; (h) Furniture - especially remanufactured; (i) Paper products. Report street lighting/traffic signal purchasing under action 4.2; vehicles under 13.2 & 13.3
2 star Report the benefits of using greener electronics and remanufactured cartridges by using the calculators at http://www.pca.state.mn.us/epp ; move city banking to community banks and credit unions; facilitate employee support for organizations that protect, conserve and restore Minnesota’s environment via payroll deductions.
3 star Shift investments/pension funding from fossil fuels to renewables; specify ductile iron pipe for city drinking water system; certify under http://www.stateelectronicschallenge.net

Who's doing it

Maplewood - 1 star
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Implementation details:
In Maplewood's Environmental Purchasing Policy, it specifies the use of state and national green standards/guidelines for purchasing cleaning products, paints, coatings and adhesives, carpets, and paper products.
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For more information contact:
Shann Finwall (City staff) | shann.finwall@maplewoodmn.gov | 651-249-2304
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