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DGS Leads by Example to Protect the Environment

California's green leadership team at Department General Services is saluted for their "lead by example" solutions.

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The California Department of General Services

The California Department of General Services is leading the greening of California's state government by greening the state's buildings. We applaud their efforts to lead by example.

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The initial focus of the California Department of General Services' greening efforts is the Ziggurat Building, which the California General Services department is using as a "green laboratory" for sustainable business operations and building practices. The Ziggurat is located on West Sacramento’s River Walk promenade adjacent to the Tower Bridge.

The first-ever "Earth Day the Ziggurat," was held April 18th, 2007 at DGS headquarters along the Sacramento River, featured interactive displays and exhibits from more than 50 participants showcasing how to save energy, conserve natural resources, and reduce our impact on climate change, both on the job and at home.

During the Earth Day event, DGS employees were, once again, led by example as more than 1,100 people took the US ENERGY STAR "Change a Light, Change the World" pledge.

"Because the Ziggurat is one of the Sacramento area’s best-known landmarks, turning it into a green laboratory will have special significance for state government’s commitment to lead by example," said DGS Interim Director Will Bush. "It’s another vital step in Gov. Schwarzenegger’s directive to reduce the energy consumption in state buildings by 20 percent by 2015.”

California state government is currently seeking LEED certification for nearly 70 new construction projects and for 50 existing buildings to help meet that 20 percent goal. The average LEED-certified building uses 32 percent less electricity, 26 percent less natural gas and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 350 metric tons per year – equivalent to removing 70 passenger cars from California roadways.

General Services has responsibility for 1600 buildings used by state government -- including offices, prisons, schools and transportation facilities.

In December 2004, Governor Schwarzenegger signed an Executive Order that ushered in the State's Green Building Initiative. The Green Building Initiative is overseen by the Governor's Green Action Team, headed by Rosario Marin, who presided over campaign to achieve 50% recycling.

www.dgs.ca.gov They want to hear your comments, suggestions and solutions on how to make the Department of General Services an even greener place to work and do business. Please send an e-mail to WorkingGreenatDGS@dgs.ca.gov with your feedback.

Edited by Carolyn Allen
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