The city of St. Cloud specifies ductile iron pipe for drinking water mains due to its strength, lifespan, long-term cost savings, ability to be thawed using electric current, and its elimination of any potential (as PVC pipes have) to leach carcinogens into the public water supply. St. Cloud uses the SMaRT certification standard of the Institute for Market Transformation, which incorporates human health concerns and full life-cycle assessment, and is ANSI accredited. Ductile pipe and other MTS-certified products are allowable innovation credits under LEED.
SMaRT Consensus Sustainable Product Standards - provides substantial global benefits for the world's products with Environmental, Social, & Economic criteria including flooring, furniture, lighting, pipes, exterior products, electronics, and more
UL ECOLOGO / GREENGAURD - certifies products and services that are verified for reduced environmental impact in the following categories: materials, energy, manufacturing & operations, health & environment, product performance & use, product stewardship & innovation. Standards include buildings products, cleaning products & disinfectants, electronics, paper & plastic, and more.
Cradle to Cradle - guides designers and manufacturers through a continual improvement process that looks at a product through five quality categories: material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. Includes products such as paper, textiles, cleaning products, furnishings, personal care, and more.
BIFMA Furniture Sustainability Standard - sponsors the development and maintenance of furniture safety, performance, and sustainability standards that impact people's lives.
Greenhealth - approves environmentally preferred products that meet Health Care Without Harm's sustainability criteria and includes flooring and furnishings.
GreenSeal - develops standards for and certifies green cleaning and floor maintenance products; low-toxicity hand soap and paint; and environmentally preferable janitorial paper products.
GREENGUARD - see UL ECOLOGO above. Includes cleaning and maintenance products.
US EPA's Safer Choice - certifies low-toxicity products such as hand soaps, furniture and metal polish, laundry and dish detergents, specialty cleaning products, and more.
Wood/ bio-based Products:
BPI Compostable (Biodegradable Products Institute) - certifies that products with “biodegradable” claims—ranging from compostable bags to food serviceware to packaging—will safely break down in a typical commercial or municipal composting facility.
FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) - certifies wood and paper products derived from sustainably managed forests and/or that reduces wood consumption.
USDA Biobased - certifies products such as printing inks, lubricants, food serviceware, and other products made with a minimum percentage of plant-based material.
Employee support for organizations that protect, conserve and restore Minnesota’s environment can be facilitated via payroll deductions through organizations such as the MN Environmental Fund.
List the categories for which the city has adopted standards/guidelines: wood products / bio-based products (including compostable serviceware; organic food; cleaning products; less/non-toxic pesticides/herbicides; paints, coatings and adhesives; carpets, flooring; furniture (especially remanufactured). Report ENERGY STAR, EPEAT, and paper under BPA 15.1, WaterSense under BPA 15.4, PIM/Green Printing under BPA 15.6, street lighting/traffic signal purchasing under BPA 4.2; vehicles under BP 13.
Report the environmental/cost benefits of using purchasing standards; 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.
Shift investments/pension funding from fossil fuels to renewables; specify ductile iron pipe for city drinking water system.
Who's doing it
Coon Rapids - 1 star
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Year action initially completed: 2020
The City's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Guidelines recommend that the city purchase cleaning products that meet the Green Seal, EcoLogo and/or US EPA Design for the Environment cleaning product standards.
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.