Governor Lamont Announces Release of GreenerGov CT’s 2022 Progress Report and Celebrates Outstanding Champions and Projects at Ceremony
State Agencies Continue to Lead by Example in Implementing Low-Cost Sustainability Initiatives
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced the release of the GreenerGov CT 2022 Progress Reportdetailing progress made in making government operations more environmentally sustainable, and celebrated outstanding champions and projects within state agencies and entities at the GreenerGov Awards Ceremony.
The Governor’s Executive Order No. 1signed in 2019, called on agencies to recommit to — and expand — the state’s Lead by Example program to reduce energy use, water, waste, and greenhouse gas emissions. greenhouse while reducing operating costs for state government facilities and operations.
Despite the challenges of navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, Connecticut state agencies through the GreenerGov CT initiative have continued to make great strides that have saved energy, water and money, laying the groundwork for rolling out future sustainability-focused projects and better positioning state agencies to achieve the goals set out for them in Executive Order – reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45% from 2001 levels; reduce waste disposal by 25% compared to 2020; reduce water consumption by 10% compared to 2020; and set additional sub-targets by 2030.
The report follows the release of Governor Lamont’s radical climate Executive Decree No. 21-3 which sets eight new sub-goals for state agencies to meet regarding clean electricity supply, organic and food waste diversion, electric vehicle deployment, and more.
“My first executive order was a key first step in showing that the state government can lead by example in our efforts to alleviate the climate crisis,” Governor Lamont said. “Executive Order 21-3 is an important next step in consolidating the roadmap for the various sectors of state government to decarbonize, streamline, and continue this progress. This initiative demonstrates what can be accomplished when those united by a common goal work together. I am so proud of the efforts of sustainability leaders and champions in 40 state agencies. Congratulations to today’s winners, and I look forward to celebrating continued progress as more projects come online. »
Highlights of the report include:
- Executive branch agencies are 40% of the way to the Executive Order No. 1 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target. As of FY 2019, greenhouse gas emissions from consumption Executive Buildings energy consumption has fallen 14% since FY2019.
- Executive Branch water use is 70% of the way to the Executive Order No. 1 water use reduction goal. Since FY19, water use has decreased by 7%.
- Utilities expenses related to executive branch operations fell 15% from $15,661,546 since fiscal 2019. The state’s centralized collection of hundreds of thousands of utility bills from all operations and state facilities to share expenditures and impacts on water, energy, fuel and emissions in a public environment. Data Dashboard.
- Contracts have been secured for pilot projects at a dozen public facilities to house more than 24 MW of new solar capacity, equivalent to the annual energy consumption of more than 170 homes.
- The Department of Transportation has completed the installation of more than 50 new publicly accessible sockets and outlets for electric vehicle drivers to charge and added 26 new conservation areas to road allowances, adding to a total of 180 acres corridors favorable to pollinators. .
- Gasoline consumption in state vehicles has dropped 18% since fiscal year 2019 thanks to the reduction in miles traveled and the installation of new GPS telematics equipment on more than 90% of the fleet of state to help identify operational fuel savings and candidates for transitioning vehicles to electric vehicles.
GreenerGov CT is made up of leaders from the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management (OPM), the Department of Administrative Services (DAS), and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), with sustainability officers appointed by each executive agency.
“Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic over the past two years, state agency personnel have risen to the challenge of resource conservation, implementing projects that reduce environmental impact and save money. taxpayers”, DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes said. “This initiative, reinforced by Executive Decree No. 21-3, is delivering results in many areas, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions; reduction in electricity, gas and water consumption; increase in solar capacity; and many more to come, such as organic waste diversion and expansion of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. On a small but mighty scale, this initiative is a model of many initiatives we are working on around the state and must continue to build on. »
“DAS is deeply committed to achieving Governor Lamont’s environmental and sustainability goals, and looks forward to continuing our partnership with DEEP, OPM, and other state agencies to support our shared mission,” DAS Commissioner Michelle Gilman said. “Congratulations to our DAS team for this well-deserved recognition given their efforts to create change, including applying green procurement standards, making smart investments in fleet utilization and maximizing fleet solutions. energy saving.”
“OPM is proud of GreenerGov CT’s progress, particularly the recent step toward integrating sustainability into state building decisions with $28 million in bond funding allocated to energy efficiency projects identified by audit”, OPM Secretary Jeffrey Beckham said.
2022 GreenerGov CT Award winners include:
- Agency ChangeMaker Award (Recognizes individuals who strive to transform their state agency to generate significant and measurable improvements in environmental benefits, energy and water conservation, or waste management. )
- Stephen McGirr, Department of Administrative Services: Leadership Efforts on State Fleet Optimization and Electrification
- Frederick Krauth, Ministry of Transport: Leadership efforts on sustainability projects
- Innovation Award (Special award recognizing outstanding innovation in sustainability in the public sector.)
- Rick Hanley, Department of Transportation, Retired: Spearheading electrification initiatives
- Suzanne Huminski and Heather Stearns, Southern Connecticut State University: Teaching innovation through internships in sustainable development
- Impactful Project Award (Recognizes state projects that have generated significant and measurable improvements in environmental conservation, energy and water, or waste management.)
- Suzanne Huminski, Eric Lessne, Keith Epstein, Heather Stearns: For Embedding Sustainability for High Impact at Connecticut State Colleges and Universities and Southern Connecticut University
- Michael Barrera, Kirsten Rigney, Bob Snook, Jaime Hays, Joseph Suchecki, Gary Gerstenlauer, Steve Link: Paving the way for 25 MW of solar PV at state facilities
- Nicholas Ross: Leadership Efforts on Energy Audit of State Facilities
- CT Green Bank, Andrew Norton, Stephen McGirr, Allan Peterson, Rick Hanley, John Getsie, Steven Hecimovich, Jen Loo, Paul Kritzler, Gerald Mallison, Rick Rosa, Suzanne Huminski, Robert Dollak, Paul Farrell, Patrick Caron, Kevin Boughan, Matt Macunas, Jennifer Reilly: Team efforts Clean and efficient transport
For more information about GreenerGov CT, visit portal.ct.gov/greenergov.