The State of Minnesota, as an enterprise, defines sustainability as meeting the economic, social and environmental needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. State government agencies should embrace a culture of sustainability in order to:
maintain our economic viability
be socially responsible, and
preserve our natural resources for future generations.
Primary Responsibilities for OES:
Assist Cabinet Level Agencies to develop Plans to meet Statutory Requirements or Executive Orders in the area of sustainability
Share best practices from both inside and outside of government
Assist agencies with finding the subject matter experts to ensure sustainability plans contain all elements required for success
Assist agencies in finding resources required to execute sustainability plans
Track the results at the agency/state level to provide transparency concerning agency/state progress toward established goals
Make the entire state sustainability program easier for state agencies so they can be successful
There are six focus areas. Our goals are:
Greenhouse Gas Emissions: 30% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 relative to a 2005 calculated baseline.
Energy Consumption: 30% reduction in consumption of energy per square foot by 2027 relative to a 2017 adjusted baseline.
Sustainable Procurement: 25% of total spend on Priority Contracts are sustainable purchases by 2025.
Reduce Fleet Fossil Fuel Consumption: 30% reduction of State Fleet consumption of fossil fuels by 2027 relative to a 2017 adjusted baseline.
Reduce Solid Waste: 75% combined recycling and composting rate of Solid Waste by 2030.
Reduce Water Consumption: 15% reduction of water use by 2025 relative to a 2017 adjusted baseline.