Measuring the sustainability of Minnesota state government operations
Track the performance of the State of Minnesota against its goal to achieve a 30% reduction in state fleet consumption of fossil fuels by 2027 relative to a 2017 adjusted baseline.
Track the performance of the State of Minnesota against its goal to achieve a 30% reduction in consumption of energy per square foot by 2027 relative to a 2017 adjusted baseline.
Track the performance of the State of Minnesota against its goal to reduce water consumption by 15% by 2025 relative to a 2017 adjusted baseline.
Track the performance of the State of Minnesota against its goal to achieve 75% combined recycling and composting rate of Solid Waste by 2030.
Track the performance of the State of Minnesota against its goal to ensure that 25% of total spend on priority contracts are sustainable purchase by 2025.
Track the performance of the State of Minnesota against its goal to reduce Greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2025.
In 2022, water consumption increased from prior years and the baseline. Long-term reductions from the Department of Human Services and Department of Corrections reduced water consumption for the enterprise, but there is yearly variation in water use because of changes in irrigation practices during the summer months depending on the weather.
Reduce water consumption 15% by 2025 compared to a 2017 adjusted baseline.
The Department of Administration assessed the buildings on the Capitol Complex and installed low-flow fixtures wherever possible.
The Department of Military Affairs proactively conducts subsurface pipe inspections at the Camp Ripley Training Center to identify leaks that would not be visible without this type of thorough inspection.
Over half of state government’s water use is in processes like treating wastewater at the Metropolitan Council and hatching fish at the Department of Natural Resources. These processes require large investments to lower water use.
Most agencies don’t have separate meters measuring irrigation use. With more funds, agencies could install these meters to better monitor watering during the summer and irrigation trends.
1.71 billion gallons
1.89 billion gallons
Key Performance Indicators
The water focus area looks at all consumptive water use, or water used but not returned to the water resource system. The breakdown of how water is used in state buildings is below. The ‘mixed use’ category is water we can’t attribute to a use, so it could be indoor, irrigation, or process water. The ‘other’ category includes various uses like cooling buildings, treating wastewater, and supporting fisheries.
Breakdown of Water Consumption
Sign up and stay informed.
Sign up and stay up to date on the latest sustainability information and agency progress.
Your information is safe with us.