- Energy and water benchmarking
Executive Order B-18-12 requires state agencies to benchmark their energy and water use at state facilities and DGS to manage and report on the process. In 2014, the tool to capture the data was switched to Energy Star Portfolio Manager (ESPM) for the data capture and in 2015 departments worked to automate as much of the data entry as possible through the utilities. For more information on the State's progress toward the goals in executive order B-18-12 please follow the link to the Green Building website.
ZNE means that a facility produces as much renewable energy on-site as it uses over the course of a year. ZNE became a requirement from EO B-18-12 for new and existing buildings on different time scales. OS has led multiple forums with state agencies initiating ZNE efforts, soliciting and initiating ZNE pilot projects, and presented on this subject numerous times at interagency working groups. OS developed a white paper defining ZNE for state facilities and is now developing policies defining further efficiency targets and implementation strategies.
- Organic Wastes and Recycling
In October 2014 Governor Brown signed AB 1826 Chesbro (Chapter 727, Statutes of 2014), requiring businesses to recycle their organic waste on and after April 1, 2016, depending on the amount of waste they generate per week. California disposes approximately 30 million tons of waste in landfills each year, of which more than 30 percent could be used for compost or mulch.
The General fund in July 2015 provided $10M for funding water conservation projects in state facilities other than DGS. DGS had separate funding for their buildings. DGS worked with GovOps to manage the grant funding process. For more information please follow the following link to DGS Water Conservation Efforts homepage.
- LEED certification of state buildings
Originally mandated for DGS through an internal policy in 2002, LEED certification became are requirement for all state buildings beginning with EO S-20-04 and reinforced in EO B-18-12. Office of Sustainability (OS) efforts continue to provide subject matter expertise to project teams as needed, as well as to other state agencies. OS maintains a current directory of all state LEED certified buildings. For more information please follow the following link to the DGS Buildings with LEED Certification and the State of CA Sustainable Buildings homepages.
The Office of Sustainability (OS) in collaboration with other state departments promotes and advances health, equity and sustainability by way of active transportation. OS is the initial point of contact for the regional and employee managed bikeshare and provides continuous oversight on managing bicycle programs, parking and education with a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, continuously improve sustainable transportation, and employee health, which is in line with advancing the Governor’s goals. The employee bikeshare program provides a convenient option to travel to nearby meetings and run errands on a bicycle as a timesaving opportunity. For more information please contact us at Sustainability@dgs.ca.gov.