On April 24, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed an executive order directing state office buildings and vehicle fleets to become greener and more energy efficient. The initiative is designed to both reduce the cost of state government operations and to help meet the state’s goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, waste, and water use.
The order directs the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and two partner agencies to lead an interagency steering committee that will set agency-specific goals regarding onsite heating and cooling, electricity, clean energy, vehicle fleets, waste management, water use, and product procurement.
Additionally, each state agency will appoint a senior sustainability officer to be the lead on agency purchasing and facility decisions pursuant to the goals. Within a year, agencies are asked to develop and publicly share strategic plans identifying how the agency will achieve its sustainability goals.