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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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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