Buy Clean got its start in the states and work continues in earnest to adopt Buy Clean policies in statehouses across the nation. After some initial research on how Buy Clean could be adapted at the state level, the BlueGreen Alliance launched a multi-state campaign to expand Buy Clean work to Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, and other states. Check the tracker below to learn more about efforts to bring Buy Clean to the states.
In Washington, a coalition was quickly stitched together and championed by Representative Beth Doglio (D- 22), who drafted and introduced a Buy Clean policy. Although the bill didn’t make it out of committee, the Governor’s office took an interest and contracted with the University of Washington to do procurement research for six different projects to see how Buy Clean would interact in Washington.
This study was released in January of 2019 and outlines a pathway forward for Buy Clean in Washington, as well as highlighting the obstacles that any policy would have to overcome. The BlueGreen Alliance, along with our partners, are working together in Washington to organize stakeholders and build a coalition for possible Buy Clean movement in the 2020 legislative session.
In Oregon, Representative Dan Rayfield (D-16) previously introduced a version of Buy Clean policy in 2017, giving the BlueGreen Alliance an ally in the state as well as a solid place to start working with more state partners. Going forward, the BlueGreen Alliance is working to solidify a coalition around Buy Clean in Oregon, build support by working with labor and environmental groups in the state, and continue research to define a Buy Clean policy that works best for the state and the people.
Currently, the BlueGreen Alliance is working with Representative Frank Hornstein (DFL-61A) on legislative research concerning which industries provide infrastructure materials, Minnesota’s ore industry and its place in infrastructure projects and the overall structure of a Buy Clean Minnesota policy. In the 2019 legislative session, Representatives Horntein and Ecklund founded the BlueGreen caucus and introduced Buy Clean HR 2204 in the Minnesota state House, mirrored off the Buy Clean Washington Act. The BlueGreen Alliance is working with Minnesota agencies and stakeholders for possible movement of Buy Clean in the 2020 legislative session.