Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) is buying goods with reduced environment and health impact when compared to similar products with the same purpose. Features of environmentally preferable goods include energy efficiency, use of recycled materials and reduced toxicity.
Every product purchased and service performed has an impact on health and the environment. Minnesota state law requires state agencies and public entities to purchase recycled, repairable, durable goods to reduce the quantity and toxicity of waste in Minnesota.
There are many tools available to guide environmentally preferable practices, procedures, and services.
Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool
Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) is tool designed to help purchasers evaluate, compare, and select computers and monitors based on environmental features. Using EPEAT for purchasing decisions recognizes and promotes manufacturer efforts to reduce the environmental impact of electronics.
Green Meeting Resources
Green meetings are one way to promote environmentally friendly practices. Planning and having green meetings means reducing the amount of waste produced in meetings.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed a One-Stop Information Source for Green Meetings.
Additional resources for planning green meetings are available through The Green Meeting Industry Council. Meeting planners and suppliers can find tips and tools for sponsoring and hosting environmentally friendly, cost-effective meetings at Blue Green Meeting Services.
Minnesota Recycled Content Products Directory
An important part of recycling is purchasing recycled content products. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (Environmental Assistance) has developed a directory to assist in locating distributors, manufacturers, and products that use recycled materials.
The Minnesota Recycled Content Products Directory assists purchasers statewide in choosing quality, locally-produced products that support Minnesota's statewide recycling efforts.
Minnesota Great Printers
Minnesota Great Printers are printing companies that have voluntarily committed to reduce waste, and reuse or recycle waste that cannot be eliminated, and maximize energy efficiency of their printing processes. These companies are committed to provide continuous environmental health and safety improvements in their workplace.
Check out the complete list of Minnesota Great Printers available for your printing needs.
Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Guide
Locating, identifying, and selecting environmentally friendly products is an important part of environmental protection. The Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board (SWMCB), a joint project of the six-metropolitan counties, developed a reference tool for government and school purchasers who want to buy more wisely.
The Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Guide provides details on environmental impacts, price, and performance. The EPP Guide also provides information on product background, vendors, and sample specifications.