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State Guidelines

Massachusetts State Sustainability Program: Public Leadership, Stewardship, Commitment

In 2007, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick challenged state agencies to become leaders in reducing energy use and greenhouse emissions. Executive Order No. 484 charges state universities and universities to lessen their environmental impact and to educate the public through the Leading-By-Example program.

Fitchburg State University is leading the charge: spreading the word with student and staff involvement, greener construction projects, and renovations designed to improve energy efficiency. Fitchburg State University provides yearly reports on its progress.

Governor Deval Patrick signed Executive Order No. 515 (PDF) on October 27, 2009, that establishes an Environmental Purchasing Policy for all Commonwealth Executive Departments, which will help to conserve natural resources, reduce waste, protect public health and the environment, and promote the use of clean technologies, recycled materials, and less toxic products. The policy requires that all Commonwealth Executive Departments must reduce their impact on the environment if it does not meet the green standards, and to enhance public health by obtaining Environmentally Preferable Products and services (EPPs) whenever those such products are gladly available, perform to satisfactory standards, represent the best value to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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