Executive Order 19 Implementation Information
As outlined in Governor McDonnell's Executive Order 19, it is "expected that state agencies and institutions, offices and organizations, will take the lead in adopting practices and policies that maximize efficiency and conservation, and minimize waste and the impact of operations on the environment." State agencies and institutions are directed to lead by example and adopt practices and policies that maximize efficiency and conservation, and minimize waste and the impact of operations on the environment. Guidelines for energy use, air and water use, waste reduction, and buildings and construction are outlined in the order and summarized below.
1. Energy Use. All appropriate measures to reduce the consumption of energy should be utilized, and, when setting goals, policies and/or procedures, agencies should consider the areas of lighting, electronic devices, heating and cooling systems; the use of electronic communications; energy efficient transportation policies and practices; and, the use of video or tele-conferences over in-person meetings when travel is required.
2. Air and Water Use. Landscaping that reduces the need for irrigation is encouraged. Agencies are to practice preventive maintenance on plumbing systems and, when replacing plumbing fixtures, to install the lowest possible flow fixtures available, as appropriate. State activities requiring DEQ air or water permits must fully comply with the conditions and strive to operate at well below permitted levels.
3. Waste Reduction. State entities are directed to follow the waste management hierarchy (reduce, reuse, recycle) whenever possible. This includes maximizing the use of electronic publications; purchasing recycled-content, durable, and remanufactured products; reusing office products; instituting comprehensive recycling and landscaping waste composting programs; and, limiting the use of disposable plastics and toxic substances where suitable alternatives exist.
4. Building and Construction. When leasing space, agencies and institutions are directed to: consider access to public transportation, and, where practical, locate new offices and facilities within a quarter mile of transportation access and in locations that are pedestrian and bicycle accessible; and, actively seek buildings that meet Energy Star, LEED or Green Globe standards. State conferences and meetings not held in state facilities should be held at "Virginia Green" certified facilities, as appropriate.
To assist agencies and institutions meet the requirements of the Executive Order, DEQ has prepared the following resource information: