Purchaser Profile

State of Minnesota
State Government
2017 EPEAT Purchaser Award – 2 Stars

2016 EPEAT Purchaser Award – 2 Stars

Johanna Kertesz

The State of Minnesota purchases EPEAT-registered computers, displays, and imaging equipment.

Contract language
Products and standards are refreshed (updated) as often as every six months. The refresh process is critical to providing a set of standards that are in sync with the overall industry and adequately reflect the needs of those who rely on these standards (users). The standards are provided in Excel spreadsheet format with a unique spreadsheet for each product type (e.g. desktop computers, laptops, etc.). Each spreadsheet includes a row for “EPEAT level”. The current minimum required level is listed by category below:
– Desktop computers: EPEAT Gold
– Portable computers: EPEAT Gold
– Monitors: EPEAT Gold
– Ruggedized notebook: EPEAT Gold
– Tablets: under review

All products proposed for the Standards Program must be EPEAT registered to a minimum of EPEAT Bronze standard within two years of award of contract. (note: this contract was awarded in 2014, so all machines on the standards program must be EPEAT-compliant this year)

If a Contract Vendor’s Standards products are not EPEAT registered after 2 years, the Contract Vendor will be prohibited from selling any additional products including non-standard products until all Standards products are EPEAT registered. When an exception to Standard product is requested, Contract Vendor will offer an EPEAT registered option first. A non-EPEAT registered option may be offered only if an EPEAT registered option is not available.

1. REQUIRED REPORTS. Reports to the Department of Administration, Office of MN.IT Services and Customers upon request may include, but are not limited to:

a. Sales/Rental Report indicating Manufacturer name, description, product/part number, quantity, EPEAT level, unit price and extended price of all items sold including purchases, rental, maintenance and supplies, to all Customers. Each machine must be identified as standard/non-standard and in which standard category/segment it fits.

Over their lifetime, compared to products that do not meet EPEAT criteria, the 23,844 EPEAT registered electronics purchased by the State of Minnesota in 2016 will result in environmental impact reductions including:

  • Reduce use of primary materials by 2,042 metric tons, equivalent to the weight of 56 tractor-trailer 18-wheelers
  • Avoid the disposal of 15.2 metric tons of hazardous waste, equal to the weight of 124 refrigerators
  • Eliminate the equivalent of 17 U.S. households’ solid waste for a year —31.8 metric tons
  • Avoidance of 7.8 metric tons of water pollutant emissions


Energy-Related Savings
EPEAT’s requirement that registered products meet the latest ENERGY STAR specifications means these products will consume less energy throughout their useful life, resulting in:

  • Savings of 5.6 million kWh of electricity—enough to power 442 U.S. homes for a year
  • Reduction of 1,021 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions— equivalent to taking 734 average U.S. passenger cars off the road for a year
  • $582,800 in lifetime cost savings

*EPEAT Purchasing Tier indicates how many EPEAT categories are specified in the organization’s purchasing agreements