Green Procurement

Laws and Guidelines

State law requires: "The Office of Management and Budget, the Institutions of Higher Education, and any other state agency or institution that has authority to purchase products are encouraged to purchase environmentally preferable products" (NDCC 54-44.4-07.1).

North Dakota has laws related to "green" purchasing for:

  • Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP)
  • Bio-based products
  • Recycled paper
  • Soy-bean based ink

Guidelines to Environmentally Preferable Procurement

"Green" State Contracts

The State Procurement Office has several environmentally "green" state contracts. By including environmental considerations in purchasing decisions, along with price, performance, and availability, the state remains fiscally responsible while promoting practices that will reduce adverse environmental impact.

Some common "green" state contracts include:

  • Cut paper
  • Office supplies
  • Disposal - electronic waste, hazardous materials, waste and recycling services
  • Janitorial paper/supplies
  • Trash bags
  • Shredding services

See the full list of "green" contracts on the State Contracts page and filter by EPB (Environmentally Preferable/bio based).

Recycled Paper

State law requires: “The office of management and budget, and any state agency or institution that has authority to purchase products, shall ensure that at least twenty percent of the total volume of paper and paper products being purchased for state agencies and institutions contain at least twenty-five percent recycled material. The office of management and budget shall implement a methodology to track compliance with this section” (NDCC 54-44.4-08).

OMB compiles a biennial report of Recycle Paper Usage. Only recycled paper products that have at least 25% recycled content will qualify toward meeting the statutory requirement of 20% of the total volume of paper.

State Surplus Property

ND State Surplus Property provides an outlet for government entities to responsibly dispose of their electronic waste (e-waste) by using the state e-waste contract.

North Dakota entities eligible to use this program are:

  • State agencies
  • Political subdivisions
  • Public schools
  • Colleges and universities

For questions, contact State Surplus Property or 701.328.9665.