See a number of product categories on the CPV and links to national standards, including: the BIFMA Furniture Sustainability Standard; the Healthier Hospitals Healthier Interiors criteria (Tier One products via the CPV contract F-379(5); GreenSeal and GREENGUARD (covering paints, cleaners, and flooring); UL EcoLogo (cleaners); US EPA's Safer Choice.
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.
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 EPEAT and paper under 15.1, WaterSense under 15.4, PIM/Green Printing under 15.6, street lighting/traffic signal purchasing under action 4.2; vehicles under 13.2 & 13.3
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.
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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.