Thursday, December 26, 2019

PA GreenGov Council Invites Public Feedback On State Agency Green Practices At Jan. 31 Meeting

On December 26, the interagency PA GreenGov Council is inviting the public to learn about efforts to boost green and sustainable practices in state government during a meeting at 1:00 p.m., January 31 at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, 310 Elmerton Avenue in Harrisburg.
Co-chaired by the departments of General Services, Environmental Protection, and Conservation and Natural Resources, the Council will give an update on its first year activities and plans for 2020. 
The public will be invited to provide feedback on the program and discussion on the next steps for the GreenGov Agency Checklist. State agencies will use the annual survey to evaluate progress and achievements toward using fewer resources, which reduces carbon emissions and saves taxpayer dollars.
The survey consists of the performance categories of: Benchmarking and Evaluation; Buildings and Structures; Transportation; Products and Materials; Culture; Renewable Energy; and Resilience. 
All state agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction will complete the survey, establishing performance measures and strategies to achieve certification in the GreenGov program.
A sample of the GreenGov Agency Certification Checklist is on the GreenGov Council website. Completed checklists from participating agencies will be posted before the public meeting.
Checklists will help state agencies to lead by example goals in energy efficiency, emissions reduction, and green energy jobs creation by:
-- Reducing overall energy consumption by 3 percent per year, and 21 percent by 2025, as compared to 2017 levels. 
-- Replacing 25 percent of the state passenger car fleet with battery electric and plug-in electric hybrid cars by 2025. 
-- Procuring renewable energy to offset at least 40 percent of the Commonwealth’s annual electricity use.
Gov. Wolf established the council in January as part of Executive Order 2019-01, which sets ambitious statewide emission reduction goals to slow down climate change in Pennsylvania with a 26 percent reduction of net greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 and an 80 percent reduction by 2050 (from 2005 levels).
For more information on the public meeting or to RSVP send email to: or call 717-787-4987.
Visit the PA GreenGov Council webpage to learn more.
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[Posted: December 26, 2019]

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