Environmental Purchasing Policy
The City of Minneapolis Environmental Purchasing Policy is a guide for all departments and staff for making procurement decisions based on the Minneapolis Sustainability Initiative. The City of Minneapolis can use its purchasing power to create a greater demand and awareness of high quality, environmentally friendly products at a reasonable price; and create help stimulate the green economy. Environmental considerations should be a part of normal purchasing decisions, consistent with standard practices such as safety, price, performance and availability.
Anatomy of a Green Meeting
Minimize environmental impact at your next City held meeting or event by following these best practices:
Print less: when considering handouts for a meeting, consider if they are needed. Here’s a few suggested alternatives:
- Send agendas electronically ahead of time, and request attendees print them only if needed.
- Use a projector and provide PowerPoint Slides and other handouts electronically after the meeting.
- Print one handout per table instead of per person.
- Print all handouts double sided when they are needed.
Name badges: use reusable name badges that hold recyclable inserts that are secured with a pin or on a lanyards. Be sure to collect the badges at the end of the event to reuse.
Car pool: Consider carpooling to offsite meetings to reduce the City’s environmental footprint.
Providing food: if providing food, be sure to follow the City’s Green to Go Environmentally Acceptable Packaging Ordinance for all meetings.
- Use reusable, recyclable or compostable serving ware. Order compostable food service items from Innovate Office Solutions or purchase them at other local retailers. If hiring a caterer, make sure to remind them that you’re holding a “green” meeting.
- Request an organics collection container from Property Services or the Minneapolis Building Commission (MBC) before your meeting so the appropriate containers are available.
- Make sure food gets eaten - order an appropriate amount of food for those in attendance and encourage attendees to take leftovers to prevent wasted food.
Contact Solid Waste and Recycling Division with questions about holding green meetings.
Last updated Jul 5, 2018