1. Edward G. Rendell, Governor Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
      2. Donald T. Cunningham, Jr., Secretary Department of General Services
      3. Co-Chairs
      4. Services
      5. In addition:
      6. Ms. Margaret Casper
      7. Mr. James Darby
      8. Mr. Anthony Wagner
      9. Mr. Edward Plank
      10. Mr. Norm Bergel
      11. Mr. Thomas Ford
      12. Mr. Michael Ball
      13. Mr. John Thomas
      14. Ms. Cynthia Davis
      15. Mr. Calvin Birge
      16. Mr. Kevin Casey
      17. Ms. Joan Erney
      18. Mr. Barry Drew
      19. Mr. Ken Thornton
      20. Ms. Jodi Dorman
      21. Mr. Mark Lavelle
      22. Mr. James Chichi
      23. Mr. Robert Calik
      24. Mr. Mitch Akers
      25. Ms. Kathi Graeff
      26. Mr. John Arway
      27. Mr. John Rarig
      28. Ms. Flossie Wolf
      29. Mr. James Noone
      30. Mr. Calvin Birge
      31. Mr. Barry Drew
      32. Mr. Simon Dengel
      33. Mr. Scott Lowe
      34. Mr. Michael Dillon
      35. Mr. David Willis
      36. 2. Responsibilities of the Council.
      37. 4. Responsibilities of Commonwealth Agencies.
      38. GGGC-BK-DEP3102 8/2003

Edward G. Rendell, Governor
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Donald T. Cunningham, Jr., Secretary
Department of General Services
Kathleen A. McGinty, Secretary
Department of Environmental Protection
This report was prepared by:
Members of the Governor’s Green Government Council
Green Team Leaders
Governor’s Green Government Council Staff
Catherine Brownlee, GGGC Executive Director
Jeffrey Olsen
Paul Zeigler
Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Policy and Communications
Susan Woods
John Repetz
Kathleen Rice, Intern
Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Document Design and Printing
Christina Ibaugh
Ashley Donmoyer

Dear Governor Rendell:
Executive order 1998-1 requires state government to set a leadership example in beginning to use
our natural resources so as to assure that future generations have the same capacity to meet their
needs as we currently enjoy. As co-chairs of the Governor’s Green Government Council, we are
pleased to present you with the first annual report under your administration.
Over the past five years, all Commonwealth agencies, regardless of their individual missions, have
been asked to become conscientious stewards of Pennsylvania’s environment. They have built a
solid foundation on which to combine future environmental progress and economic efficiency.
Over 40 executive and independent agencies have met the challenge, from small commissions,
whose environmental impact consists solely of their office operations, to the largest agencies with
profound, direct effects on the environment. As their understanding of “green” has developed, their
response has grown from small, isolated, operational projects to major initiatives with broad policy
implications such as the Department of Education’s first in the nation environment and ecology
standards, the Department of Transportation’s efforts to achieve certification of its environmental
management system under ISO 14001, and six agencies occupying Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED
) certified high performance buildings.
We are very pleased to report that state agencies are taking increasing responsibility for the
environmental effects of their actions and are positioned to move beyond operational changes to
incorporating environmental considerations into major policy areas.
Donald T. Cunningham, Jr., Secretary
Kathleen A. McGinty, Secretary
Department of General Services
Department of Environmental Protection

“No generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its own existence."
Thomas Jefferson made this statement in 1789, in correspondence with James Madison on
stewardship. The statement applies equally well now in defining environmental sustainability, which
requires us to meet our needs by using the interest on Earth’s natural capital - its supply of drinkable
water, breathable air, climate regulation, fertile soil - and not by consuming the non-renewable capital
which produces these necessities.
Under executive order 1998-1, the Governor’s Green Government Council (GGGC) has been working
in partnership with Commonwealth agencies and others in the public and private sectors to reduce the
negative environmental impacts of their activities and put no greater load on natural systems than they
can bear without losing capacity. The council’s role is that of catalyst, collaborating in the creation of
new projects in key areas, supporting their champions, publicizing the results, and working to replicate
them statewide. It has focused heavily in two areas, statewide energy issues and support for agencies
in incorporating environmental considerations into their policies and operating practices.
Affordable energy is key to industrialized society but current energy sources are largely non-renewable
and are costly to human health and the environment. The council’s efforts have focused on reducing
the amount of energy and other natural resources that state agencies use, particularly in buildings, and
the environmental impact of the power the Commonwealth buys.
Building Green in Pennsylvania
According to the U.S. Green Building Council, U.S. buildings consume 36 percent of the nation’s
energy, 30 percent of its raw materials, and 12 percent of its potable water while creating 30 percent of
its greenhouse gas emissions and 30 percent of its waste output. The GGGC works on improving both
new buildings and the Commonwealth’s vastly larger stock of existing buildings.
New Buildings.
Buildings constructed now will be either environmental and economic burdens or a
valuable legacy to the next several generations. High performance green buildings provide a high
quality indoor environment for their occupants, maximize the efficient use of materials, energy and
water, and minimize the negative environmental effects of building construction, operation and
deconstruction, as well as the effects of producing the raw materials. Green schools are particularly
important for their ability to enhance student learning.
The true value of high performance buildings is only just beginning to be measured. Obviously they cut
operating costs. An upcoming national study indicates average overall energy savings of 30 percent.
A study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory of the Department of Environmental Protection’s
Cambria District Mining Office shows a reduction of 50 percent. Typically water use is cut by over 30
percent for indoor use and 50 percent for landscaping. Here also, the Cambria office significantly
exceeds the average, cutting indoor water usage by 50 percent.
Potentially far more significant in dollar terms are reductions in health care costs resulting from high
indoor air quality and improvements in productivity. While research is only now getting underway to
document the effect of green building in these areas, building owners, such as PNC Realty Services,
are already convinced of these long-term benefits. According to Gary Saulson, senior vice president
and director of corporate real estate with PNC, “Absenteeism has decreased, productivity has
increased, recruitment is better, and turnover is less.”
Conventional thinking has it that building green building is expensive. This has been true of a few
cutting-edge demonstration buildings, deliberately designed to make a statement. However, evidence

is rapidly emerging to demonstrate that a truly integrated design process can produce high
performance buildings with costs ranging from 0 percent to 2 percent above those of conventional
buildings. Pennsylvania’s experience bears out this finding, most recently with the award-winning
Clearview Elementary School in Hanover, York County, which was built for a square foot cost a few
cents less than the state average.
Pennsylvania has a national reputation for building green. It has the second highest number of
buildings certified by the U.S. Green Building Council under its LEED
rating system, now the de facto
national standard for high performance buildings, and also the second highest number of registered
buildings. The Commonwealth is providing a leadership example. Department of Environmental
Protection staff occupy two of Pennsylvania’s six certified buildings and the Turnpike Commission’s
staff the third. With the support of the Department of General Services, five more buildings, for the
departments of Conservation and Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, are registered for
certification, as are the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s headquarters building and the
new Performing Arts Center at the State System of Higher Education’s West Chester University. The
Departments of Transportation and Corrections are also proposing to seek certification for an additional
two buildings.
The GGGC provides a range of support for green building.
Education and training on green building and site design. This includes both:
A range of tools to promote interest in green building, including PowerPoint presentations,
technical papers, publications, and six very well received CDs, one of which is used by the
U.S. Green Building Council in its basic LEED
training. Now that there is a general
awareness of high performance green building in the state, the GGGC is focusing on technical
help to make green construction happen. Much of this material is available on its website,
currently under renovation.
Workshops for targeted audiences, primarily at events under the auspices of professional
organizations, which bear the organizing costs and can assure worthwhile attendance. Staff
made more than 20 presentations during the past year. Building on its successful workshop in
Pittsburgh in 2002, the GGGC recently organized a two-day green schools track at the
Building the Town Green
conference in Philadelphia. It also organized a northwest regional
conference on green building design for building professionals, code officials, and building
owners as well as a pre-conference workshop at the annual gathering of the Pennsylvania
Association of School Building Administrators. Staff also leads green building charrettes or
design exercises for projects which have the potential, as demonstrations, to promote high
performance building within a particular sector or geographic area.
Technical assistance for state agencies and other entities to position them to achieve their goal of
a high performance building. For non-state agencies, help is limited to buildings with exceptional
potential for promoting high performance building. Staff has provided help on some twenty
projects, ranging from state offices, parks and university facilities to a private college, an
elementary school, local government buildings and a major private downtown office development.
Support for a limited number of demonstrations of advanced building technologies. At present the
GGGC is partnering with the departments of Conservation and Natural Resources and
Environmental Protection on improved techniques for rain gardens and with a private builder on a
hybrid solar desiccant cooling system.
Existing Buildings.
Significant improvements can be made in energy and water efficiency as well as
indoor air quality in the Commonwealth’s existing buildings. A strong foundation for cost savings has

been laid through the Department of General Services’ performance contracting system, established in
response to the Guaranteed Energy Savings Act of 1996. A streamlined procurement process,
developed in collaboration with the GGGC, enables agencies to contract with energy service
companies to upgrade building equipment and the building envelope without the need for an up-front
capital budget. The cost of the upgrade is paid from the savings accruing over a maximum ten-year
contract term and the energy savings are guaranteed, eliminating the performance risk to the
To date the departments of Corrections, Education, General Services, Labor and Industry, Military and
Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and the State System of Higher Education are in various stages of
developing performance contracts for 18 facilities, including prisons, state armories, university
campuses, and the Pennsylvania National Guard’s headquarters. The first project is now in repayment
status, four are under construction and a sixth contract is in negotiation. Savings on these six projects
will total $8,277,818 over 10 years.
Pennsylvania Preferred Power
In addition to using power efficiently, the Commonwealth is committed to playing a role in the orderly
development of a secure and affordable supply of increasingly environmentally friendly energy. As a
result of deregulation, active marketing, and big buyers such as Pennsylvania’s colleges and
universities, supermarket chain Giant Eagle, and state government, Pennsylvania will have the largest
wind generation capacity east of the Mississippi by the end of 2003. This early step in developing the
infrastructure for a clean energy future and diversifying generation sources for energy security also
creates new income for the landowners who host the turbines.
Over the past four years, the Department of General Services, buying on behalf of largest state
agencies, has purchased five percent of the Commonwealth’s load from green energy sources. The
initial power came from existing out-of-state hydro plants. For the current contract, General Services
and the GGGC wanted to encourage both new renewable generation and ensure that the air pollution
reductions would benefit Pennsylvania’s population.
This latest green power purchase separated delivery of the electricity itself from the purchase of
certificates, also known as “green tags,” which represent the green characteristics of either renewable
energy or cleaner conventional generation delivered to the transmission grid and subsidize its marginal
additional cost. To benefit the Pennsylvania air shed, the certificates were also required to represent
generation within the power grids serving the state.
The resulting contract provided certificates equal to five percent of the Commonwealth’s load from
renewable sources within the PJM grid at a premium of only 0.38c/KWh. Twenty-three percent of the
certificates were for new, Pennsylvania-based, generation - twenty percent wind, two percent landfill
methane, a highly potent climate change gas and an indigenous energy source, and almost one
percent new solar generation. The remaining Susquehanna River hydropower has been certified as
environmentally preferable by an independent third party, using the International Organization for
Standardization’s ISO 14042 life cycle impact assessment tool.
At the direction of Governor Ed Rendell, the Commonwealth will double its green electricity purchase to
10 percent of its load. It will also structure the bid to encourage new generation from sources important
to Pennsylvanians’ health, energy security, and economic well-being. In addition to the renewables and
methane bought previously, the Commonwealth intends to support the generation of electricity from
waste coal, another indigenous energy source of great environmental and economic importance. The
acidic runoff from over a billion tons of coalmine refuse constitutes a major water quality problem.
Using clean, circulating fluidized bed boilers the waste coal industry is removing almost 6,000,000 tons
of culm and gob and reclaiming 110 acres of abandoned strip mines every year, an avoided cost to the
taxpayer of $17 million annually.

Agency Activities
The most important single feature of the past year’s agency activity is the increasing management
attention to environmental issues. True agency-wide Green Teams are emerging throughout state
government. Where “green” was previously the responsibility of a lone Green Team leader, usually
from the operational support area, now four to eight person teams have emerged, covering all facets of
agency activity and including management and policy staff. Agencies are also involving staff in new
ways. The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs has developed a special resource recovery
council, which identifies and tracks the commodities it recycles. This year alone they have saved the
taxpayer almost $42,000. The Board of Probation and Parole is using the green renovation of its
Lancaster district office as a model for involving district staff in developing green projects.
Agencies are beginning to address significant environmental impacts stemming from their individual
missions. An early leader has been the Department of Transportation, which has a broad spectrum of
far reaching effects on the environment.
• After several years of effort, its maintenance operations in Engineering District 10 have now been
registered to the ISO 14001 environmental management standard. Work is under way to register
the maintenance operations at four more Engineering Districts and the remaining six Districts
should be registered by the end of 2004.
• The Department of Education has spent the last year helping school districts to develop curricula for
meeting its first in the nation environment and ecology standards.
• In awarding financial assistance the Department of Community and Economic Development gives
strong preference to applicants relocating downtown and using brownfield sites.
• The Department of General Services has continued to promote the purchase of environmentally
sustainable products. It has issued a new contract for environmentally preferable carpet and
amended existing contracts to include certified environmentally friendly janitorial supplies and
remanufactured office furniture.
• In dealing with the renovation of historic structures, the Historical and Museum Commission has
systematically integrated green building principles into its expansion and renovation of visitor
facilities at its museums.
Regardless of mission, all state agencies share office operations as a common function. To avoid each
agency having to develop its own checklist of activities for greening its offices, the GGGC introduced a
Green Office program last year. A matrix of green actions was developed as both a planning and
reporting tool, supported by interactive training in its use and an accompanying
Green at Work
The results are encouraging. Agencies are developing baselines and longer range plans. Real
numbers are starting to replace the previous general statements about progress. For instance, the
Commission on Crime and Delinquency documented a surprising savings of more than $14,000 and
1,000 gallons of gas by using video conferencing as an alternative to travel.
Becoming ever more responsible about land use, agencies continue to locate in downtown areas. Both
the Department of State and the Pennsylvania Housing and Finance Agency are relocating in
Harrisburg; the former into a remodeled hospital building and the latter into a LEED
building constructed on an old parking lot. The Department of Environmental Protection’s new
Southeast Regional Office, also LEED
registered, redeveloped an urban in-fill site in Norristown.
The seeds of sustainability are taking root in the state. It is a leader in building people and
environment-friendly buildings that are economical to operate. Its wind resources are being put to

increasing use, establishing a new clean energy source, which contributes to both cleaner air and
energy security. State agencies are increasingly embedding environmental considerations into their
decision-making. They are ready, under a new administration, to take on new challenges: To look
beyond first costs and routinely apply life cycle costing as a way of minimizing state expenditures
overall, as well as beginning to think about cradle-to-grave costs; to use their buying power to support
the design and manufacture of sustainable products; for those agencies whose missions affect the
environment directly, to go beyond greening their operations and initiate major policy efforts to mitigate
their impacts; and to promote the concept of sustainability in their public and private partnerships.

Table of Contents
................................................................................................................................................................ 2
Individual Agency Plans
Administration, Office of.................................................................................................................................... 8
Aging, Department of ........................................................................................................................................ 9
Agriculture, Department of ................................................................................................................................ 11
Attorney General, Office of................................................................................................................................ 12
Budget, Office of the ......................................................................................................................................... 13
Community and Economic Development, Department of................................................................................. 14
Conservation and Natural Resources, Department of ...................................................................................... 18
Corrections, Department of............................................................................................................................... 21
Crime and Delinquency, Pennsylvania Commission on ................................................................................... 23
Education, Department of ................................................................................................................................. 25
Emergency Management Agency, Pennsylvania ............................................................................................. 27
Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Department of .................................................................................. 29
Fish and Boat Commission ............................................................................................................................... 32
Game Commission, Pennsylvania .................................................................................................................... 34
General Services, Department of...................................................................................................................... 35
Latino Affairs, Governor’s Advisory Commission on......................................................................................... 38
Health, Department of....................................................................................................................................... 39
Healthcare Cost Containment Council, The Pennsylvania............................................................................... 40
Historical and Museum Commission, Pennsylvania ......................................................................................... 41
Housing Finance Agency, Pennsylvania........................................................................................................... 43
Independent Regulatory Review Commission.................................................................................................. 45
Inspector General, Office of .............................................................................................................................. 47
Insurance, Department of.................................................................................................................................. 49
Labor and Industry, Department of ................................................................................................................... 51
Liquor Control Board, Pennsylvania ................................................................................................................. 53
Military and Veterans Affairs, Department of .................................................................................................... 55
Municipal Retirement System, Pennsylvania.................................................................................................... 57
Probation and Parole, Board of......................................................................................................................... 58
Public School Employees’ Retirement System................................................................................................. 60
Public Utility Commission.................................................................................................................................. 62
Public Welfare, Department of .......................................................................................................................... 65
Revenue, Department of................................................................................................................................... 67
Rural Development Council, Pennsylvania....................................................................................................... 68
Securities Commission, Pennsylvania .............................................................................................................. 69
State, Department of ......................................................................................................................................... 70
State Employees’ Retirement System .............................................................................................................. 72
State Police, Pennsylvania................................................................................................................................ 73
State Public School Building Authority.............................................................................................................. 74
State System of Higher Education, Pennsylvania ............................................................................................ 75
Transportation, Pennsylvania Department of.................................................................................................... 79
Treasury Department ........................................................................................................................................ 81
Turnpike Commission, Pennsylvania
..................................................................................................................... 82
Appendix A – Green Council Members
............................................................................................................... 84
Appendix B – Green Team Leaders
..................................................................................................................... 86
Appendix C – Executive Order
............................................................................................................................. 89

Office of Administration
Among other responsibilities, the Governor's Office of Administration is responsible for developing and
promulgating statewide policies and standards governing the management and use of the
Commonwealth's information technology investments. Being largely a paper agency, the Office of
Administration (OA) relies on the Commonwealth’s Green Office Program in developing and
implementing its sustainability program.
Green Office
The OA continues to help reduce paper usage throughout state agencies by introducing electronic
alternatives. Many administrative software systems currently in place are 26 years old and in need
of redesign or upgrade.
Over the next two years, the Imagine PA project will introduce new software for managing
payroll and human resource functions. New accounting, budgeting, and purchasing software
will have been installed in most agencies by the end of 2003.
The OA has continued to make more forms and documents available on both the Internet and
the Intranet.
Environmentally preferable alternatives are used for office supplies, selected from the Green
Shopping List provided by the Department of General Services.
During fiscal year 2002, 100 percent of all paper purchased by the OA contained at least 30
percent post-consumer recycled material. This amounted to over 4,207 cases of recycled
paper for use in office copiers, faxes and printers.
The OA develops and promotes computer-based training through its Office of Information
Technology. This training eliminates the need for commonwealth employees to travel back and
forth to training facilities and cuts down on vehicle-related pollution. Information on courses is
available on the Office of Information Technology web site at www.oit.state.pa.us
Agency Contact
Jodi L. Dorman, jdorman@state.pa.us

Department of Aging
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging was created in 1978 to enhance the quality of life for older
Pennsylvanians. Keeping older Pennsylvanians, their families and communities informed of the benefits
and services available in the Commonwealth is a priority for the Department of Aging. With 2.5 million
people over the age of 60, 20 percent of the state's population is comprised of older adults, and that
number continues to grow. The department, with its 109 employees and 52 Area Agencies on Aging
located throughout the state, will continue to meet the needs of older Pennsylvanians, their families and
Senior Environmental Corps
Under the Pennsylvania Alliance of the Senior Environmental Corps program, senior citizens volunteer
to carry out environmental monitoring activities, including stream and groundwater monitoring and
watershed surveillance. Statewide, senior volunteers now total 2,000 and have undertaken more than
12,250 monitoring events last year. The program also includes over 1,800 students who work with the
seniors. The student volunteers come from over 100 secondary schools across Pennsylvania. The
Corps has 15 State Colleges and Universities supporting and participating in the program.
The program continues to gain national and international acclaim. Pennsylvania was one of two states
involved in a pilot a program in 1997. Today it is the model program for 35 states and 30 countries.
Examples of recent activities include:
The World Water Forum, an international organization sponsored by the United Nations, selected
the Environmental Alliance for Senior Involvement’s model programs for 2002-2003. The
Pennsylvania Senior Environment Corps was included as one of 150 finalists worldwide to be
featured in its “Best Water Programs” competition in Kyoto, Japan during the third convening of the
Volunteers logged an average 200 hours of service each. At the IRS recognized value of $16.54
per volunteer hour for 2002, Corps volunteers provided $6.6 million in community service.
The Corps worked on a variety of special projects over the past year. These projects included acid
mine drainage and land restoration, e-coli and air monitoring projects, storm drain stenciling, radon
projects, recycling projects, the Water Snapshots project, Earth Day events and the National Water
Monitoring Day. In conjunction with the National Parks Service, the Corps helped in the cataloging
of native plants.
Green Office
Last year the department recycled approximately:
.10 tons of soda cans;
1.44 tons of newspapers;
.11 tons of glass and plastic bottles;
2.4 tons of cardboard (94 percent of all cardboard boxes that the department receives are re-used;
those that cannot be are recycled); and

Eight tons of office paper and old publications
In addition:
Compact discs are recopied over.
96 percent of all toner cartridges are recycled.
Excess materials from training workshops are disassembled and re-used as office supplies; those
things that cannot be recycled are given to the state day care centers for educational tools.
Agency Contact
Ronald R. Allen, 717-783-3126, rallen@state.pa.us

Department of Agriculture
Land Use
Farmland Preservation.
Recognizing the critical need for farmland preservation, the department
has taken an active role in developing programs such as the Agriculture Conservation Easement
Purchase Program. Through dedication, hard work and allocating additional resources,
Pennsylvania has become the national leader in both number of farms and the number of acres
preserved. To date, more than 2,195 farms, comprising 257,986 acres, have been preserved
through the purchase of perpetual agricultural conservation easements.
Nutrient Management Plans and Conservation District Support.
Since 1999, the department
has worked with the State Conservation Commission and conservation districts to better help
Pennsylvania’s farmers protect water quality and conserve soil and water resources. To date, more
than 1,700 nutrient management plans have been approved under Pennsylvania’s Nutrient
Management Law. A number of department initiatives have contributed to this success.
• Through the Agricultural Conservation Technician Program, the department currently shares the
costs for 57 conservation district technician positions to help implement best management
• The department has sponsored two annual 40-hour “Boot Camp” training sessions to help
agricultural and other conservation technicians improve their conservation and engineering
skills. Both an introductory and advanced session is offered annually.
• The department has helped conservation districts support farmland preservation by supplying
funds to provide administrative and technical services for the implementation of Pennsylvania’s
Farmland Preservation Program.
Plastic Pesticide Container Recycling Program
. In 1994, the Department began a pilot program
in south central Pennsylvania to recycle clean, triple-rinsed plastic pesticide containers. The
program has greatly expanded since then and is now accessible to pesticide applicators in 52 of
Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. There are 74 public PPCR collection locations, which are available for
use by all categories of pesticide applicators. Containers are also collected at 68 private PPCR
sites including large commercial growers, golf courses and PA Department of Transportation district
sites. In 2002, PPCR recycled 101,024 pounds of pesticide containers, bringing the program total
to 426,000 pounds of waste plastic kept from being burned or buried in landfills. An estimated
130,000 pounds should be recycled in 2003.
Farm Show Complex.
The Farm Show Complex continues efforts to recycle aluminum and
plastic, using receptacles provided by the Department of Environmental Protection. The agency
also sells manure from livestock shows to mushroom growers.
Agency Contact
Dorothy Derr, 717-787-4854, dderr@state.pa.us

Office of Attorney General
The Commonwealth Attorneys Act establishes the Attorney General as the chief legal and law enforce-
ment officer of the Commonwealth. The law enforcement program includes a criminal investigation
unit, a drug law enforcement program, a Medicaid fraud control section, and a division that oversees
direction of statewide and multi-county investigating grand juries. Employing approximately 950 people
statewide, the Office of the Attorney General represents the Commonwealth and all Commonwealth
agencies. Additionally, if requested, it offers legal advice to the Governor or the head of any
Commonwealth agency.
The Office of the Attorney General will rely on the green office program for the development and
implementation of sustainable projects.
Green Office
The office continues to participate in the Department of General Services’ recycling plan at its
Strawberry Square headquarters. This plan is designed to capture more waste as recyclable
material and reduce trash. Janitorial contractors or lessors at field sites are required to provide
recycling as part of their contracted service.
The office continues to develop new intranet and Internet based applications to reduce or eliminate
the use of paper in administrative systems.
A new computer-based case management system is being developed, which will eliminate
large volumes of litigation-related paper documents.
The Public Education section of its Internet site provides consumers and concerned citizens
with 60 booklets and publications that were formerly only available in printed media.
The agency uses the Department of General Services’ green purchasing contracts and green
vendor lists whenever practical.
Agency Contact
Ty Ditzler, 717-787-7830, tditzler@attorneygeneral.gov

Office of the Budget
The Office of the Budget is comprised of the Comptroller Operations Office, responsible for assuring
the correct expenditure of appropriated funds, and the Budget Office, responsible for forward planning
through the budget process. It occupies space leased through the Department of General Services.
Green Office
• The Office of the Budget will provide green team environmental awareness training to increase
employee participation in the green office program. This training will introduce the green office
program to agency representatives regarding different aspects of daily operations. The green office
web-based matrix will also be used for the development and reporting of selected agency green
office programs.
• The Budget Office recycles office paper, newspapers, magazines and telephone books. Over the
past eight years, it has reduced its paper consumption by 60 percent, primarily through the use of
technology, including local area networking and e-mail.
o The 2003-04 Governor’s Executive Budget was distributed on CDs produced in-house. The
Budget Office distributed 250 CDs to Commonwealth agencies and an additional 130 CDs
to the private sector. With a budget document consisting of 800 pages, this represents a
paper savings of over 600 reams.
o Expenditure Symbol Notifications and fiscal notes are now available to employees on the
Commonwealth Intranet.
o The Commonwealth’s ImaginePA electronic business system initiative has a budget module
that will increase on-line budget submittals. This initiative is expected to account for a major
reduction in paper usage.
• The Office of the Budget recycles toner cartridges for printers through Hewlett Packard’s pre-paid
return freight recycling program.
• A committed employee voluntarily recycles aluminum cans.
Agency Contact
James Chichi, 717-787-1370, Ext. 3006, jchichi@state.pa.us

Department of Community & Economic Development
The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) fosters opportunities for
Pennsylvania’s businesses and communities to thrive in a global economy so that Pennsylvanians can
achieve a superior quality of life. The agency has 344 employees staffing a central office and five
regional offices statewide.
For the last several years, the department has incorporated green building technology into the
requirement for economic assistance whenever practical, which has made it a valuable partner in
promoting sustainability throughout the Commonwealth.
Statewide County Planning
In March 2002, the center convened the fourth statewide county planners meeting to work with county
planning directors in identifying their needs and resources, thus increasing their capacity for providing
land use outreach, education and assistance.
Multi-Municipal Planning
A GIS-generated map is being compiled in order to delineate the locations where land use planning is
taking place across Pennsylvania. A recent study demonstrated that an increasing number of
municipalities are interested in multi-municipal planning. As a result, 172 multi-municipal and joint
planning efforts were identified, covering a total of 545 municipalities in 33 counties: 46 of the plans
have been adopted and 126 represent new planning efforts. In addition, regional analysis has shown
that the majority of multi-municipal planning efforts are taking place in the southeast and southwest.
The center has offered 488 courses statewide in areas of community development, general government
administration, personnel management, public safety, financial management, leadership training,
roadway management, land use, and planning and sewage enforcement. Nearly 12,000 participants
benefited from information they acquired in these courses.
In order to help communities protect interconnected networks of permanent open space, the center, the
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the Natural Lands Trust have created a
partnership to provide technical training for professional planners on “Growing Greener: Conservation
by Design,” with an emphasis on ordinance review, writing and site plan design.
Technical Assistance
The recent changes to the Municipalities Planning Code and new funding for land use planning
assistance have expanded the center’s responsibilities and its ability to provide technical assistance.
The center:
Has added planners to provide technical assistance to local officials and communities.
Matches experienced municipal and county professionals with communities in need of planning
assistance and expertise, under its peer-to-peer program.
Partners with county planning agencies to coordinate the provision of technical assistance to

Works with the Sound Land Use Advisory Committee to issue a second edition of Land Use in
Pennsylvania: Practices and Tools.
Financial Assistance
In 2002, the center published Land Use Planning and Technical Assistance Program Guidelines.
Planning grants were awarded in the amount of $2,670,946 in 2000, $2,833,754 in 2001 and
$2,610,000 in 2002. In the course of the last three years the grants have impacted 1,751 of the state’s
2,567 municipalities and over half of the 67 counties throughout the Commonwealth. The majority of
the projects were aimed at development or updates of comprehensive plans on a multi-municipal basis.
In January 2003, the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services issued the
2002 Annual Report
on Land Use
, the fourth in a series of annual reports presented to the Governor since the
Commonwealth introduced its Growing Smarter Initiative. In 2002, the center also developed and
distributed the newest CD-ROM,
Essentials in Local Government Publications
, containing 27 of the
Center’s publications, including the 16
edition of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code and
the Planning Series.
Land Use
Agency Coordination
One of the most important aspects of Pennsylvania’s land use programs is the unique focus on
cooperation. Agencies and departments have formed an alliance known as the “Interagency Land Use
Team.” The team now consists of 15 state agencies and seven state offices. Through the team, the
center has formed partnerships with various state agencies to promote sound land use consistent with
each agency’s respective mission. In addition, they are currently developing a mechanism to
coordinate funding for land use planning documents, with the initial involvement of the Departments of
Community and Economic Development, Transportation, Conservation and Natural Resources,
Environmental Protection, and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.
The Interagency Land Use Team delivered to the Governor its Supplementary Report to the Annual
Report on Land Use, recommending that state agencies develop methods for incorporating local land
use planning decisions into their funding, permitting, planning and licensing processes. Twelve
agencies submitted such plans.
The center has developed and published Growing Smarter Toolkit: Catalog of Financial and Technical
Resources, which lists the current technical and financial assistance programs in Pennsylvania
designed to meet the diverse needs of the Commonwealth as they relate to the Growing Smarter
Initiative (grant funding, education and training).
Floodplain Management
The center is involved in encouraging the wise use of Pennsylvania’s floodplains because of the
Growing Smarter Initiative and the Pennsylvania Flood Plain Management Act. Pennsylvania’s
Growing Smarter initiative promotes sound land use practices in all land areas of the Commonwealth,
including floodplains. Act 166 identifies the center as the lead agency to provide technical and financial
assistance to Pennsylvania municipalities required to adopt sound land use ordinances that address
floodplain guidelines established by the federal government.

During fiscal year 2001-2002, the center responded to over 350 inquiries from both the public and
private sector. The center provided a variety of information, ranging from supplying floodplain
delineation data to private engineering firms to giving information to municipalities regarding the
elevation of new residential structures or flood proofing for new commercial and industrial buildings.
Under PA Act 166, the center administered financial reimbursements to municipalities in the amount of
$35,227. These reimbursements helped defray up to 50 percent of local costs in preparing,
administering and enforcing local floodplain ordinances.
Community Assistance Programs
The department administers a number of community assistance programs, which encourage sound
land use. They include:
New Communities Program
For 2003-04, a new Elm Street component will support residential revitalization in neighborhoods
adjoining downtowns and commercial corridors.
Brownfields for Housing
The department provides funding for housing on previously developed sites (industrial, commercial
or residential) through this initiative. These funds help make cities and other core communities
more desirable places to live.
Business Financing Programs
While the department’s Industrial Sites Reuse Program is limited solely to brownfield redevelopment,
other programs provide preferences for projects located on brownfield sites. For example, at least 20
percent of the Infrastructure Development Program’s funds must be used for brownfield projects. Last
year, the program more than doubled this investment, allocating more than 57 percent for brownfield
Other financing programs have supported sustainable manufacturing and pollution prevention:
The Pollution Prevention Assistance Account provided $1,276,173 in loans to 35 small businesses
to reduce or reuse the amount of raw materials they use onsite, to reduce waste production from
their operations, and/or to reduce their energy consumption.
The Underground Storage Tank Upgrade Loan Program provided $8,669,443 in loans to upgrade
the underground storage tanks of 101 small businesses. This program allows the tank owners to
take corrective action, perform environmental remediation of their site, or remain compliant with
environmental mandates.
Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority
One of the Ben Franklin Centers, Innovation Works, has three companies in their portfolio that provide
significant environmental benefits:
Plextronics – The antifouling industry (eliminating marine growth from ships) is currently undergoing
great change. Instead of poisoning marine growth, it prohibits marine animals from living on ship hulls
simply by activating a small charge in the conductive polymer material. This small charge creates
vibrations that make the ship hull an unpleasant/uncomfortable home for marine life, forcing them to
reside elsewhere.

Fluorous Technologies – This proprietary technology enables process chemists to manufacture
compounds in a more environmentally friendly fashion.
CompAS Controls – Using advanced software and the Internet, CompAS is integrating forward from
selling process control systems into managing the manufacturing process itself.
Industrial Resource Centers
The Industrial Resource Center (IRC) program is funded by DCED to provide productivity improvement
services to small and medium manufacturers in the Commonwealth. Since 1988 when the program
was created, the IRCs have worked with over 6,000 manufacturers providing 16,000 projects. Part of
the services offered by the centers includes environmental projects, which include compliance
assistance (emissions, OSHA), environmental assessments, ISO 14000 implementation, waste
reduction, and health and safety training. In the most recent completed year the centers have closed
60 projects with 45 manufacturers across the state.
Paperless Environment
The department has created an on-line distribution center where the public can access the over 40
publications of the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services.
The center is now making all of its publications available on CD.
County/Municipal tax, demographic and financial statistical information is available online.
Local governments are able to file all required reports electronically.
The Single Application for Assistance, covering all departmental programs, is on-line. Grant/loan
applications can now be filed electronically.
Agency Contact
Paul Opiyo, 717-720-1362, popiyo@state.pa.us

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Green Management
The department has developed a green team with representation from all bureaus and offices, which
meets quarterly to discuss and report on green initiatives. In addition, several bureaus have created
internal green teams to identify ways of reducing their operational impacts.
A strategic environmental management plan was developed for the state parks and state forest system
focusing on the development of environmentally sensitive construction and maintenance of facilities,
roads and bridges, and effective recycling practices by maintenance staff and park visitors.
Forest Certification Update
Under a grant from the Heinz Endowments, all 2.1 million acres of state forest land were certified in
1998 in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council’s standards as being managed in an
environmentally sustainable manner and enabling wood from the state forests to carry a green label.
The certification is good for five years. Recertification of all 2.1 million acres will begin in August with
the final certification report due before the end of the year. In 2002 DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry
harvested and sold 88 million board feet of timber with a value of $38 million.
Green Design and Construction
The department has incorporated green principles in all building design and construction. The
department has reported in previous years on the green construction of the French Creek State Park
and Forest District 17 Office Building in Berks County, and the Ricketts Glen State Park office and
visitors center in Luzerne County.
The department has also committed to design any new buildings to achieve silver level certification
under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED
(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
system. Current construction includes the Tom Ridge Center in Erie where site selection specifically
reduces the building footprint, which reduces heating, cooling and ventilation requirements while
protecting open spaces. It will incorporate the latest innovations in energy and lighting conservation
and use certified renewable and recycled products. The department will make its first purchase of
renewable power for this building. Also under design to achieve a LEED certification is the Nescopek
State Park office and visitors center in Luzerne County, which will maximize the use of natural lighting
and minimize water and electrical usage and focus on maintaining as much of the on-site vegetation as
possible and reducing the irrigation requirements with native species plantings.
The department will begin using porous pavement in designing parking lots and incorporating rain
gardens into their storm water management plans. Rain gardens mimic the natural water cycle and help
recharge groundwater naturally by collecting and storing excess rainwater, which can then be filtered
through the soil into the water table. As a result, they prevent direct infiltration of polluted water to open
water sources such as nearby streams. Tyler State Park in Bucks County will be the first site to
incorporate this type of natural recharge storm water management.
Shikellamy Dam Fish Passage
The department continues to work on the construction of a fish passage at the dam at Shikellamy State
Park in Northumberland County. This dam is the last impediment to fish migration on the Susquehanna

River and completion will open an additional 580 miles of passage for the American shad. The design
phase is completed and construction is scheduled to begin pending appropriate funding. The
anticipated completion date of this project is spring of 2005.
Light Pollution
The department’s activities to reduce light pollution from its parks, particularly at Cherry Springs State
Park in Potter County have garnered it national recognition. At its 2002 autumn meeting in Boston, the
International Dark Sky Association recognized the department as a leader in night sky conservation.
Thom Bemus, who is responsible for the Cherry Springs Stars-n-Parks Educational Programs was
honored as 2002 Conservation and Natural Resources Volunteer of the Year for his efforts to increase
awareness about light pollution and the night sky.
Last year the department implemented Phase One of the night sky program, which developed protocols
to curb light pollution, by implementing measures to mitigate existing night lighting impacts while
maintaining visitor safety and security. This year Phase Two of the program implements projects aimed
at making the night skies even darker, assuring a clearer view of stars for future generations. As a
result of these programs, astronomers have established the Cherry Springs Dark Sky Fund under the
Pennsylvania Parks Forestry Foundation. The fund enables astronomers and others interested in
preserving the night sky resource, to be able to donate money for projects that enhance the area for
astronomy and public stargazing. To date the dark sky fund has received over $5,000 in donations
allowing for tree and shrub planting and burying overhead electrical lines.
Stargazing and the night sky is the theme for the 2003 Potter County Visitors Association Guide. The
guide proclaims Potter County to be Pennsylvania’s stargazing capital. As stated in the guidebook,
“clear night skies, like fresh air, clean water and miles of forestland are natural resources greatly valued
by us – and people from more populated areas where such are in short supply.
Some additional initiatives, which will make up Phase Three of the program include:
Working with the Potter County Commissioners to enact a county wide light ordinance;
Requesting Growing Greener grants to retrofit or replace unshielded light fixtures;
Conducting an Astronomy for Educators Workshop to assist teachers in addressing the
Department of Education’s standards related to teaching astronomy in grades four through nine;
Partnering with the Potter County Education Council to offer a series of night sky education
programs; and
Exploring the possibilities of constructing a remote control observatory that is tied electronically to
middle and high school classrooms.
Green Office
The department continues to reduce paper consumption through the use of electronic technology.
The Bureau of Human Resources encourages the use of email registrations for training courses
and the use of PowerPoint presentations instead of flip chart and handout formats;
The Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey networks its copier and printer operations so that
employees can send documents directly to their own computers for use when needed. This
reduces the need for paper copies. The bureau also initiated a pilot project to digitally scan old
aerial photos. Customers can now get images without having to drive to the bureau’s library.

The Bureau of State Parks issues detailed state park maps to give visitors an in-depth glimpse of
all offerings at most of the 116 state parks. Eighty-three of the 110 printed state park maps as well
as 54 campground maps are now on-line on the department’s website.
Agency Contacts
Eugene Comoss, 717-787-7398, ecomoss@state.pa.us.
Dana Datres, 717-787-2362, ddatres@state.pa.us.

Department of Corrections
Green Buildings
The department is in the process of finalizing the design of a 130,000 square foot, $20 million complex
to house all of the central office bureaus and divisions in one location. Specifications call for the
building to be designed to achieve a gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED
rating system. Energy-efficient lighting, mechanical systems and energy-saving building components
are specified throughout the building and are expected to save utility costs, as well as provide for a
healthy and productive work environment
Guaranteed Energy Saving Contracts
The department continues to move ahead with guaranteed energy savings contracts at three facilities.
The retrofit at the State Correctional Facility at Mercer has recently been completed while the Camp Hill
Facility is 90 percent completed. Renovations will begin at the State Correctional Facility at Dallas as
soon as Camp Hill is completed. The upgrades at each of the facilities, including the retrofitting of
mechanical and electrical components, are all aimed at reducing the department’s operating costs.
Projected savings at each of the facilities over the next 10 years is $255,737, $1,660,595 and $371,229
for Mercer, Camp Hill and Dallas, respectively. In addition to the monetary savings, the department
also benefits through the immediate replacement of needed boilers and electrical components that
would have been delayed through the capital budget process. The department will continue surveying
the remainder of its facilities and use the energy savings contracts wherever practical.
Green Office
The department is implementing the Green Office program in the following areas:
The department remains committed to its recycling program in all 25 of its Adult
Correctional Facilities, the Motivational Boot Camp and the Training Academy. It recycles office
paper, cardboard, newspapers, magazines, metal, kitchen waste, pallets, plastic, oil, antifreeze,
tires, toner cartridges, tree and landscaping brush and coal ash. This year, the department
recycled 42 percent of the total waste generated, up from 39 percent last year. By recycling
16,027 tons of waste instead of sending it to landfills, the department saved taxpayers over
$1,041,755. Since the inception of its waste management plan in 1995, the department has
recycled over 112,177 tons of waste for a total savings of more than $7,291,505.
The department serves 48,138,735 meals per year, which creates a significant
quantity of food waste, both raw waste from food preparation and cooked table waste. Three
facilities are currently using open windrows to compost food preparation waste. Research is
underway to determine the feasibility of using in-vessel composting, which will allow facilities to
compost both preparation and table wastes and potentially reduce landfill fees substantially. The
in-vessel process uses a large mechanical chamber, which rotates and maintains the compost in
an optimum environment, effectively composting large amounts of waste in a small amount of
Electronic Information Systems.
The DOC NET website is continually being improved to
provide access to department reporting forms which can be completed and returned electronically.
This system has increased employee productivity while reducing paper usage and associated
energy and printing costs.

Video Conferencing.
Video conferencing is utilized at 92 percent of the department’s facilities,
including its central office and several Community Correctional Facilities. In addition to reducing
tailpipe emissions, this program has reduced hotel and vehicle expenses while maintaining
security, as well as decreased manpower by eliminating the need to transport inmates to and from
Agency Contact
Robert A. Calik, 717-975-4884, rcalik@state.pa.us

PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for the
prevention and reduction of crime and delinquency and to enhance the quality of justice for all
Pennsylvanians. Employing 122 personnel, the commission strives to improve the criminal and juvenile
justice systems by examining problems, proposing solutions, and monitoring and evaluating their
Green Management
The commission holds monthly senior staff meetings where environmental issues are discussed and
agency policy is relayed to staff. The agency’s recycling coordinator works directly with staff to keep
them informed as to what is recyclable and where recycling containers are located. New employee
orientation manuals contain a list of “green do’s and don’ts.”
Green Office
Paper Reduction
• The Commission processes approximately 1,250 grant applications annually from government and
non-profit agencies. A system is under development to allow applications on-line as well as the
submission of fiscal and progress reports beginning in March 2004.
• Local victim service programs are now able to file compensation claims on behalf of victims and
claimants through an on-line interview process using the Dependable Access for Victimization
Expenses system. More than 90 individuals from 39 different agencies in 27 counties are trained
to use the system at this point. Thirty additional agencies will send staff to the no-cost training by
the end of the year. Since the system was implemented on January 22, 2002, more than 6,400
claims have been entered with almost 10 percent being filed by victim service providers.
• Beginning in 2002, the commission substantially reduced the number of forms mailed to its
grantees by providing them the capability to download the required forms from the agency’s
website. Between July 1, 2002 and April 30, 2003, 25,494 grant-related files were downloaded,
resulting in an estimated savings of 510 reams of paper.
• A searchable database of the local telephone directory is available on the commission’s intranet
and a desktop shortcut has been provided as easy access to each user. Due to this change, the
commission has reduced the number of its paper telephone directories from 150 to just 50. It
expects a further reduction in the future.
Approximately 12 recycling containers of paper, aluminum cans, tin cans, newspapers, and cardboard
are collected each week by the state recycling crew. Approximately four toner cartridges are also sent
weekly to the manufacturers for recycling at no cost to the commission.
The commission has averaged two videoconferences monthly between July 1, 2002 and April 30, 2003.
The majority of the calls were 3-point conferences between the commission in Harrisburg and locations

in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Annually the commission saved more than $14,000 and 1,000 gallons
of gasoline, while reducing both atmospheric pollution and travel time. Use of the commission’s
videoconferencing facilities is to increase by 25 percent during the next fiscal year.
Agency Contact
Brenda Hartzell, 717- 787- 8077 x 3015, bhartzell@state.pa.us

Department of Education
Environment and Ecology Standards
Section 2. (3) of the Pennsylvania School Code states, “As such, a quality education should provide
each student with knowledge of natural and human resources, an understanding of geographic
environments, knowledge of the interrelationships and interdependence of natural and human systems,
the development of environmental problem solving and management skills and knowledge of and
appropriate uses of energy.”
Eighteen months ago, the State Board of Education established the Environment and Ecology
Standards covering watersheds and wetlands, renewable and nonrenewable resources, environmental
health, agriculture and society, integrated pest management, ecosystems and their interactions,
threatened, endangered and extinct species, humans and the environment, and environmental laws
and regulations. All public school students must master this information to the proficiency level. The
Commonwealth’s 501 school districts have begun to revise their current curriculum and units of study to
meet these standards. The Department’s Bureau of Curriculum and Academic Services continues to
play an important role in supporting districts to align their curriculum fully with the new standards
Green Schools
Green school buildings enhance students' ability to learn. A major California study demonstrated
significant improvements in student performance in classrooms with natural lighting. Also of great
importance are improved indoor air quality and good acoustics. The department is actively supporting
the building of new green schools and the renovation of existing schools in accordance with green
building principles. Highlights of its activities include:
Assisting the Hanover Public and Eastern York School Districts in the development of their high
performance green school building projects;
Ongoing professional development of its architectural staff, including membership in the Green
Building Association of Central Pennsylvania and participation in conferences on sustainable
building design;
Providing informational materials on high performance green schools to school district
administrators and design professionals; and
Incorporating discussion of green building concepts and integrated design process in architectural
reviews held on reimbursable school construction projects.
Green Office
PEARS Project
The Division of Food and Nutrition continues to augment its web-based application and payment
system, for seven federal Child Nutrition Programs, known as PEARS. The latest addition is an e-mail
system with an attachment function which can e-mail 1700 sponsors at once. We are now adding a
monitoring module to the system, meaning that all mandated field reviews of our 1700 sponsors will be
processed in PEARS. Our sponsors will respond to reviews and requests for documented action on-
line rather than through pages of paper forms. This should save an additional 70 reams of paper per
year. PEARS also empowers Division of Food and Nutrition staff to develop reports requested by the

General Assembly, the United States Department of Agriculture, internal PDE customers, and
Green Purchasing
The department’s purchasing staff attended Green Council-sponsored “green purchasing” seminars
and workshops, and remains committed to green purchasing opportunities wherever possible.
Purchasing decisions are influenced by the recycled content of products or their recyclability.
The department intends to reinvigorate its recycling program this year through education of new and
existing staff by:
Including recycling guidelines in new employee information packets;
Promoting recycling through posters, e-mail campaigns, and the Department’s Intranet;
Direct one-on-one and staff meetings to educate staff on recycling; and
Renewed insistence on recycling all toner cartridges
This year, the Department conducted a building spring-cleaning drive in order to improve the
appearance of our offices, to give an uplifting feel to our workspaces, and to recycle old and
unnecessary files, memoranda, and other papers. Many barrels of paper were recycled during this
The department continues to perform random waste audits, examining and measuring trash and
recyclables to determine if items are being disposed of properly to assure clean waste streams.
During the fourth year of the recycling program at Scranton State School for the Deaf, approximately
one ton of cardboard and paper and approximately 3.8 tons of leaves, grass and other material were
recycled - approximately 4.8 tons of material that would have otherwise entered the waste stream.
Cans and bottles are also collected by the school’s student council and recycled.
Agency Contacts
Tony Kerchusky, 717-787-4368, akerchusky@state.pa.us
Eric Chubb, 717-772-4548, echubb@state.pa.us

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
The mission of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is to coordinate state agency
response, including the Office of the State Fire Commissioner and Office of Homeland Security, to
support county and local governments in the areas of civil defense, disaster mitigation and
preparedness, planning, and response to and recovery from man-made or natural disasters.
We undertake this mission with clear customer-focus and a recognition that people are the most
valuable asset. We value the contributions and dedication of the personnel who staff the emergency
response and management systems. We employ and deploy the best available technologies in support
of our mission. Above all, we cherish the men, women, families and children of this Commonwealth
and work tirelessly to make our Pennsylvania a safe place to live and prosper.
Land Use
The agency administers the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and the Flood Mitigation
Assistance Program that aim at reducing disaster losses by removing homes and businesses from
floodplain areas. Properties acquired under the program become publicly owned areas that must
remain in “open space use in perpetuity.” This open space designation allows for recreational,
agricultural, environmental and educational uses for the land to enhance community quality of life. The
areas vary from less than an acre to as much as 70 acres. Uses include athletic fields, hiking and
biking trails, parks, boat launches, handicapped and youth fishing areas, riparian buffers, urban green
belts, scenic river ways, community gardens, and environmental and education areas.
Green Office
The agency’s activities include recycling, reducing energy consumption and decreasing paper usage.
A major recycling effort is occurring at the agency’s warehouse facility at Fort Indiantown Gap.
Waste generated as a result of agency equipment maintenance operations, such as scrap metal,
automobile batteries and vehicle antifreeze, are being recycled. The agency services pumps and
generators in its emergency engineering equipment stockpile and recycles the used oil and oil
The agency makes a strong effort to reuse office supplies, such as file folders, binders, sheet
protectors and computer disks, as well as shipping boxes and packing materials. Under provisions
of its lease, the headquarters office recycles paper, file folders, aluminum and cardboard. It also
recycles surplus computer systems, toner and ink jet cartridges and telephone directories under
the Department of General Services contracts.
The agency continues to work on reducing paper usage. Its annual report, guidance circulars and
directives, newsletters and training and educational materials are available to employees
electronically. The agency also accepts online damage assessment forms.
To reduce energy usage, employees in the headquarters office are requested to close blinds to
reduce excessive heat during the summer months. Employees are also requested to be prudent in
their electricity use, especially during peak usage periods.
The Western Regional Office recently installed mini-blinds on oversized windows throughout the
building to reduce temperatures during the summer months and reduce cold infiltration during fall
and winter months. In addition, the Western Regional Office recently installed commercial grade
ceiling fans to enhance the circulation of air and help reduce overall heating and cooling costs.

Agency Contact
Mimi Myslewicz, 717-651-2019, mmyslewic@state.pa.us

Department of Environmental Protection
Green Buildings
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has actively promoted high performance green
building for the past six years, requiring its new office space to be certified under the U.S. Green
Building Council’s LEED
rating system. Its initial green building was one of the first 18 buildings
certified, and its second, the Cambria District Mining Office, was the first to achieve a LEED
two gold rating. Both were constructed for costs within the standard range for good quality office
space. A study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory shows the Cambria office uses only half
the electricity and water of a conventional office.
Four more facilities are under way, all designed to use considerably less energy and potable water than
standard facilities, using sustainable, non-toxic, low-VOC, recyclable materials with high post-consumer
recycled content. They will provide day-lighted space with superior indoor air quality and individual
control of the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system through raised access flooring systems
and high quality, ergonomic, remanufactured modular furniture.
The Southeastern Regional Office in Norristown, designed to achieve a gold LEED
reuses a previously developed downtown site and incorporates an historic railroad building. The
Moshannon and California District Mining Offices are both being designed to obtain a LEED
certification. The Moshannon office is being built on a reclaimed mine site and, like the Norristown
facility, will collect rainwater to reduce the amount of potable water needed to flush toilets.
Space previously used as offices is being renovated for the department’s new laboratory. It is also
designed to achieve a silver LEED
rating and will use about a third less energy than a conventional
laboratory of comparable size and function. Much of the space will be day-lighted. Part of the existing
storm water infrastructure will be to store rainwater for flushing toilets, and waste heat from the lab’s on-
site co-generation systems will be used to heat and cool the building.
Pennsylvania consortium for Interdisciplinary Environmental Policy
The Consortium, instituted by DEP, is made up of 48 colleges and universities, the department, the
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, a research and development group and
Sustainable Pittsburgh. It has four committees: Greening the Campus; Energy and Climate Change;
Sustainable Pennsylvania, and Human Health and the Environment. Under the auspices of the
Greening the Campus Committee, eighteen colleges and universities have committed to buying more
than 172,000 MWh of wind energy. This committee is also organizing a workshop on green building
and green procurement. The Energy and Climate Change committee has completed a greenhouse gas
inventory and is working on climate change strategy. Information is available at
The department is taking part in a collaborative effort between the electronics industry, the federal
Environmental Protection Agency’s Region Three, and the states within that region to recycle electronic
equipment. More than 20 million personal computers were replaced in 1998 alone, and the number is
expected to grow to an estimated 315 million by 2004. Computers, monitors, televisions and other
electronic devices contain metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium and chromium, which create long-
lasting, toxic contamination of the environment if not handled properly.

The department held its first e-Cycling collection event in Cumberland County in October 2001. Since
then, it has held 10 official e-Cycling events and at least 10 other events, unaffiliated with the
Environmental Protection Agency, in which over 800,000 pounds of discarded electronic equipment has
been collected for disassembly and either recycling or proper disposal. At least 11 further events are
scheduled for 2003. Information about e-Cycling is available at
Pennsylvania Environmental and Energy Challenge (PEEC) Grants
In 2002, DEP awarded 27 grants worth $1.7 million over three years to a variety of environmental and
energy projects. PEEC grants took advantage of three different funding streams to maximize the
department’s flexibility in seeking new and innovative projects. Over 170 applications were received
requesting over $18 million. Projects funded included:
Green building demonstrations;
Solar and wind projects; and
Innovative technology applications.
These projects also provided match money, making the total value of the projects in excess of $11
million. Information on PEEC is available at
Green Hotels
In 2002, Pennsylvania became a national leader in green hotels through a program sponsored by the
department. Through a DEP grant, Green Seal, a nationally recognized green labeling organization,
certified 22 hotels and motels in the state to their green lodging standard.
The environmental standard for lodging properties contains 36 criteria in six major facility categories,
Waste minimization;
Reuse and recycling;
Energy efficiency;
Conservation and management;
Management of fresh water resources;
Wastewater management;
Hazardous substances; and
Environmentally and socially sensitive purchasing policies.
Commonwealth employees are encouraged to stay and hold meetings at certified properties, when
possible, in accordance with the Governor's Executive Order on greening commonwealth government.
Information on Green Hotels, including a list of certified properties is available at

Household Hazardous Waste
Each person in Pennsylvania produces an average of four pounds of household hazardous waste per
year, for a total of approximately 25,000 tons per year statewide. Items considered household
hazardous waste include old paints and paint-related products, pesticides, pool chemicals, drain
cleaners, degreasers and other car care products. The department provides grants to counties to
remove these wastes from traditional trash collections. Sponsors of household hazardous waste
collections are usually eligible to receive up to 50 percent reimbursement of eligible costs with no more
than $100,000 available for collections in a county during a given year. In fiscal year 2001-2002, 29
communities collected nearly 1,253 tons of household hazardous waste from 21,905 participants. In
addition, the household hazardous waste program has increased its scope to include electronics
recycling collections. Additional information about HHW is available at
Agency Contact
Patrick McDonnell, 717-783-0540, pmcdonnell@state.pa.us

Fish and Boat Commission
The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to provide fishing and boating opportunities through
the protection and management of aquatic resources. This mission is accomplished with approximately
400 staff positions throughout the state, ranging from Waterways Conservation Officers to biologists,
permit review staff, administrators and maintenance and construction personnel.
Green Hatchery Initiative
In 1999, the commission launched a comprehensive and effective Green Hatchery Initiative to
reduce effluent discharges by 25 percent at the Commonwealth’s 14 hatcheries by 2003.
Discharge of total suspended solids from the hatcheries dropped between the years 1999 and
2002 by more than 31 percent, compared with the period between 1994 and 1998. The Green
Hatchery initiative led to a substantial reduction in the discharge of particulate and chemical
constituents in treated wastewater from the Commonwealth’s hatchery system. Reduced
discharge of suspended solids were realized at:
o Tylersville Hatchery – 43 percent reduction;
o Huntsdale Hatchery – 11.7 percent reduction;
o Bellefonte Hatchery – 44.8 percent reduction;
o Pleasant Gap Hatchery – 30.2 percent reduction; and
o Benner Spring Hatchery – 45.9 percent reduction.
In 2002, the commission hired a consulting firm, FishPro, to perform a comprehensive assessment
of the efficiency and effectiveness of the Commonwealth’s hatchery system. Regarding their
findings, FishPro stated, “The 15 facilities managed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat
Commission are run efficiently, are well maintained relative to their age, and wastewater treatment
compares favorably to other states.”
In the spirit of continuous improvement, the commission continues work to further “green” the
hatchery system. Highlights include:
o Working cooperatively with Toby Creek Watershed Association, the Department of
Environmental Protection and other entities to develop a new, state-of-the-art re-circulating
hatchery, which will use water from a treated mine discharge. The water leaving the facility will
be of better quality than this source water.
o Implementing a more stringent cleaning and maintenance regime for hatchery clarifiers and
polishing ponds system-wide, which is crucial to the commission’s effluent reduction efforts and
continuing record of compliance.
o Using 24-hour effluent monitoring equipment in all the trout hatcheries to monitor discharge
quality accurately and assess the effectiveness of improvement efforts.
o Developing nutrient management plans for all the trout hatcheries to ensure appropriate land
application of production byproducts consistent with best management practices.

Other Agency Green Initiatives / Activities:
The commission continues to nurture the conservation and green agency culture. A few examples of
recent green agency efforts include:
Construction and occupation of a new energy-efficient green Harrisburg headquarters building.
The green technology in this new building includes the use of raised flooring, which allows for
under-floor delivery of heat and air conditioning through an air delivery plenum. This technology
tempers air in a special comfort zone above the floor regardless of the temperature at the ceiling.
This results in lowered energy use for both heating and cooling of workspaces.
Since 1993, the commission’s in-house printing facility has been at the forefront of implementing
green initiatives for offset printing. In-house operations use recycled, chlorine-free uncoated paper
with soy-based inks for printing educational and information-based publications. Wash up liquids
and roll cleansers, which were originally volatile and hazardous substances, have been replaced
with less hazardous, water based products. Solid particle filtration is part of the sink wash-up of
rollers and other press parts. The adherence to green initiatives extends to outsourcing print
products with the agencies bi-monthly periodical, The Pennsylvania Angler and Boater, which is
also printed with soy-based inks on recycled paper.
The commission uses videoconferencing and teleconferencing technologies to reduce travel.
Over the last three years, the commission has transitioned 15 two-stroke engines to cleaner and
quieter four-stroke boat motors for boating and law enforcement programs. The transition has
proven to be 45 percent more fuel efficient, and there has been an 82 percent reduction in
emissions. The engines run quieter and exceed EPA’s 2006 emissions standards. The initiative is
also expected to save the commission over $10,000 in reduced operating and maintenance costs.
The commission acquired smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles for field officers in urban areas
where four-wheel drive and towing capacity is not a requirement.
Agency Contact
John Arway, 814-359-5140, jarway@fish.state.pa.us

Pennsylvania Game Commission
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is mandated to protect and manage Pennsylvania’s wild birds
and mammals and to preserve critical wildlife habitats. It manages 1,418,338 acres of state game
lands for both hunting and non-hunting uses. The game lands include 40,593 acres of natural and
manmade wetlands and 21,731 acres of food plots.
Land Use
The commission has taken a number of important steps to protect vulnerable land, including:
Administering the Pennsylvania Reserve Enhancement Program which targets the removal of
riparian, highly erodible and marginal farmlands from active cultivation. To date, 113,000 acres
have been offered for sign-up in a 20 county area of the lower Susquehanna River drainage basin.
An expanded agreement has been signed for the removal of an additional 100,000 acres within the
upper Susquehanna River drainage basin.
Approximately 200 acres of new wetlands were created and approximately 30 acres of abandoned
mine lands were reclaimed on state game lands. A further 25 acres of abandoned mine land is
scheduled for reclamation this year.
Rather than encroach on undeveloped land, the commission repaired and rehabilitated a 1950’s
era elementary school for use as the new Southwest Regional Office Building in Ligonier.
Green Travel
The Executive Office has made a policy decision to reduce the Harrisburg Office’s motor pool by 30
Agency Contact
Michael E. Stover; 717-787-9620, mstover@state.pa.us

Department of General Services
The Department of General Services provides infrastructure services for state government as a whole,
including construction, leasing and management of buildings, operation of a large fleet of vehicles, and
procurement of commodities and services. It accepts the challenge created by the current budget
situation with a full appreciation for how good environmental policies can save tax dollars.
Green Power
For the past four years, the Department of General Services, buying on behalf of largest state
agencies, has purchased five percent of the Commonwealth’s electricity load from green energy
sources. For the current contract, General Services and the Governor’s Green Government
Council chose to separate the delivery of the electricity itself from the purchase of the green
characteristics of the power, known as certificates or “green tags”. The resulting contract
subsidizes the marginal additional cost of renewable power delivered to the transmission grid,
equal to five percent of the Commonwealth’s load, at a premium of only 0.38c/KWh. Twenty-three
percent of the certificates are for new, Pennsylvania-based, generation – 20 percent wind; two
percent landfill methane, a highly potent climate change gas and an indigenous energy source;
and somewhat less than one percent new solar generation. The remaining Susquehanna River
hydropower has been certified as environmentally preferable by an independent third party, using
the International Organization for Standardization’s ISO 14042 life cycle impact assessment tool.
The Commonwealth’s early purchase of wind power was instrumental helping develop
Pennsylvania’s rapidly growing wind generation capacity. At the governor’s direction, the
department will double the Commonwealth’s green electricity purchase to 10 percent of the load. It
will also seek certificates not only from renewable sources but also from other sources important to
Pennsylvania, such as waste coal and methane, whether from landfills and agricultural biomass
sources or from coalmines. Acid mine drainage constitutes a major water quality problem. Using
clean, circulating fluidized bed boilers the waste coal industry is removing almost 6 million tons of
mine waste and reclaiming 110 acres of abandoned strip mines every year, saving taxpayers $17
million annually.
Green Carpet
The department has been working for several years on developing a contract for green carpet.
Initially the department issued a Pennsylvania Commercial Item Description, a formal set of
specifications defining what it regarded as acceptably green carpet. This year the department
finalized a contract with a more up-to-date commercial item description and a vendor community
that is educated as to the Commonwealth’s green expectations. The multiple award contract
features products which use less raw material than previous products, will produce less volatile
organic compounds, will be recyclable and will be installed with environmentally friendly adhesives.
In addition the contract has a provision to allow for the recycling of agencies’ old carpet.
Computer Leasing
The department has developed a computer-leasing contract as an alternative to agency computer
purchasing. This contract addresses agency security, requiring vendors to overwrite hard drives in
accordance with the Department of Defense standards before removing the equipment. The major

benefits to the agencies include saving time and money that in the past had been spent on
installing, collecting and disposing of equipment.
Green Buildings
New Buildings
With the support of the Department of General Services, the Commonwealth has provided a
leadership example in constructing high performance green buildings. Employees of the Turnpike
Commission and the Department of Environmental Protection occupy three of the six Pennsylvania
buildings certified under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED
(Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design) rating system. The departments of Conservation and Natural Resources
and Environmental Protection and the State System of Higher Education have a total of six
buildings registered for certification while the departments of Corrections and Transportation are
also proposing to seek certification for several facilities.
Building Retrofits
In addition to supporting green buildings, the Department of General Services has laid a strong
foundation for cost savings through its performance contracting system, established in response to
the Guaranteed Energy Savings Act of 1996. A streamlined procurement process enables
agencies to contract with energy service companies to upgrade building equipment and the
building envelope without the need for an up-front capital budget. The cost of the upgrade is paid
from the savings accruing over a maximum 10-year contract term and the energy savings are
guaranteed, eliminating the performance risk to the Commonwealth.
The departments of Corrections, Education, General Services, Labor and Industry, Military and
Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and the State System of Higher Education are all at various
stages in development of performance contracts for 18 facilities, including prisons, state armories,
university campuses, and the Pennsylvania National Guard’s headquarters. The first project is
now in repayment status, four are under construction and a sixth contract is in negotiation.
Savings on these six projects will total $8,277,818 over 10 years.
In the past year the Commonwealth Agency Recycling program has recycled the following commodities
in the Capitol Complex:
Office paper
2,764 tons
Corrugated containers
510 tons
333 tons
75 tons
Turnpike toll tickets
112 tons
Telephone books
16 tons
52 tractor trailer loads
Fluorescent lamps
20 skids
Toner cartridges
43 skids

The total amount of paper recycled was 3,810 tons at a savings to the taxpayer of $112,560.00.
Rubber Recycling Contracts
Two years ago the department established a service contract enabling agencies to recycle scrap
tires and rubber. Used extensively by the Department of Transportation and the Department of
Conservation and Natural Resources, this contract allows for the disposal of junked and unusable
tires for a fee. In the next few months the department will bid a reconfigured contract which should
reduce the cost that agencies must pay to properly dispose of scrap tires. This contract for
disposal will be in addition to an existing re-treading contract which allows agencies to recondition
worn tires for continued use in their vehicle fleet.
Paper Shredding
The new Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act regulations, as well as concerns over
Internal Revenue Service data and identity theft, required the department to develop contracts for
the secure handling of classified documents scheduled for destruction. The department has a
contract in place for shredding classified documents from Harrisburg and surrounding areas. It is
expected to be available to agencies anywhere in the state in the near future.
Computer Recycling
The administration encourages agencies to share useful computer equipment with other
Commonwealth agencies and selected nonprofit organizations whenever feasible. Unsuitable
equipment is recycled under a contract with the Unicor Program at the federal penitentiary in
Lewisburg, which processed over 400 tons last year. The only cost to the Commonwealth is for
Agency Contact
John Rarig, 717-772-2300, jrarig@state.pa.us

Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs
The Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs is the Commonwealth’s advocate for its Latino
residents. This is the commission’s first submission to the annual
Green Plan
As the Governor’s representative, the commission will actively encourage Latino communities, through
local and faith-based organizations statewide, to act responsibly towards the environment. The
commission will also emphasize this message through its leadership role in establishing the
“Mi barrio,
mi futuro”
initiative, designed to educate and endorse full participation to maintain clean and
environmentally friendly Latino communities.
Green Office
The commission approaches green management in the following ways:
Recycles aluminum cans, plastic, newspapers, magazines, office paper and recently began to
recycle used toner cartridges through the Capitol Complex’s recycling program.
Reduces the number of paper copies of materials disseminated to community-based
organizations, commissioners and other agencies by using electronic mail or fax.
Continues to expand the networking system by using electronic messaging services throughout all
the departments and agencies outside the state.
Encourages staff members to use their own mugs, plates and silverware.
Reuses plastic nametags, holders and food service materials with recycled content at commission
Green Purchases
The commission will choose items from the Department of General Services’ green shopping list
whenever practical.
Agency Contact
Norman Bristol-Colón, 717-783-3877, nbristolco@state.pa.us

Pennsylvania Department of Health
The Department of Health has an active Green Team that meets regularly to plan and monitor the
green office activities that comprise the core of its current program. Upper level management oversees
the team and provides support when needed.
Green Office
Last year the department proposed developing a newsletter, which would keep employees
apprised of its green activities and foster education in the areas of office recycling and energy
conservation. This year the agency published the
Green Circular
for agency employees.
The agency sponsored an employee contest to solicit green ideas from within the department. The
Green Team will evaluate all suggestions and attempt to implement as many as practical. The
team picked the winners with the most creative ideas and will award a potted tree and other
goodies as a prize.
The agency has been working with the Department of General Services to recycle batteries in the
Health and Welfare Building. Recycling bins have been distributed and employees will be made
aware of the program through the Green Circular as to what types of batteries may be recycled
and how to recycle them. The agency will keep track of batteries recycled throughout the year as
part of its commitment to the green office program.
This year the Green Team is focusing on promoting double-sided copying. The campaign includes
printing signs stressing the benefits of duplex copying and circulating reminders to all admini-
strative coordinators to encourage double-sided copying. The Green Team will also follow-up to
identify any problems associated with double-sided copying and question those printing requestors
who routinely specify not to duplex copy. The program’s success will be monitored and reported in
next year’s
Green Plan
The agency will work with administrative coordinators within each office to identify duplicate
publications such as periodicals, brochures, books or mailings. The coordinators will then work
with the publishers of the materials, limiting the number of duplicate publications received by the
agency. This initiative will reduce waste and clutter and will reduce the need for additional printing
of publications.
Agency Contact
Debbie Blackburn, 717-705-6740, dblackburn@state.pa.us

The Pennsylvania Health Care
Cost Containment Council
The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council is an independent state agency responsible
for addressing the problem of escalating health costs, ensuring the quality of health care and increasing
access for all citizens. The council aims to help contain costs by stimulating competition in the health
care market. Staffed by an executive director and approximately 60 full-time staff, the council
disseminates comparative information on the most efficient and effective health care providers to both
individual consumers and group purchasers of health services. It also gives information to health care
providers for use in identifying opportunities to contain costs and improve the quality of care they
Green Office
Paper Reduction.
The council has offered online access to all of its public reports for the past few
years. As a result, the council reduces the environmental impacts involved in paper production, printing
and distribution, with the added benefit of cutting costs.
While many have already taken advantage of the online access, the council has recently undertaken
efforts to further encourage online use of reports. For example, they have distributed postcards that
direct interested parties to the council’s web site. Because many of the council’s reports are
approximately 30 pages in length, this postcard distribution has not only reduced the council’s paper
usage, but has also significantly reduced the costs associated with hard copy printing and distribution.
To illustrate the success of the council’s online access to reports, consider that during the months of
March and April, 2003 alone, PHC4’s web site experienced over 38,000 visitors – almost double the
number for the same time period in 2002. These visitors downloaded more than 15,000 copies of the
Hospital Performance Report 2001
(all regions) and more than 12,000 copies of
Measuring the Quality
of Pennsylvania's Commercial HMOs 2001.
To determine the feasibility and effectiveness of releasing publications exclusively online, the council
decided to stop printing and releasing hard copies of one of its monthly publications, the
Within the past six months, the distribution of this publication has become entirely electronic – with
electronic notices and Internet links to the publication emailed to recipients on a regular basis in lieu of
hard copy reports. Because the council distributed over 50,000 copies of this publication annually, the
reduction in agency paper use is expected to be significant. In addition, this changeover to electronic
distribution is expected to save in more than $20,000 in postage costs. Overall, the response to this
new format has been positive. The council will continue to monitor the success and determine if other
publications may be suitable for exclusive electronic distribution.
Recycling Initiative
The council’s landlord recently discontinued recycling waste paper for the building. The council has
decided to start its own program, independent of the property manager, to recycle its paper waste. In
addition, a council staff member has taken the responsibility of recycling other products, such as
aluminum cans.
Agency Contact
Flossie Wolf, 717-232-6787, fwolf@phc4.org

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is responsible for the preservation, education,
exhibition and interpretation of Pennsylvania’s rich heritage. It operates the State Museum, the State
Archives and over 470 historically important buildings throughout the Commonwealth.
Green Buildings
One of the commission’s major activities is the physical maintenance of historically significant buildings
and the associated administrative and visitor-related facilities. It is committed to applying green
building principles to its non-historic structures and adapting them wherever possible to the historic
ones. The commission aims to offset some of the considerable expense of restoring historic buildings
through the energy efficiencies inherent in high performance green building. Notable elements of its
program are:
Reusing existing structures wherever possible.
Recycling the majority of building debris, including mulching old wood shingle roof materials for
use on-site.
Creating a web-based Building Environmental Systems Research and Development Program
allows for remote monitoring and control of the environmental conditions in which collections are
stored on a real time basis. Using digital monitoring devices for temperature and humidity, 417
monitoring points have been established in approximately 90 buildings. An environmental
monitoring committee of commission curators, conservators, historic preservation specialists and
architects works in conjunction with a mechanical engineering consultant from Penn State
Facilities Engineering Institute to analyze the data and make recommendations for improvements
to buildings to achieve more stable environments for historic artifacts and structures and to reduce
energy consumption where practical, as for instance, reducing lighting to preserve light sensitive
Using a closed loop geothermal heating and cooling system at the Landis Valley Museum, where
the average annual fuel savings is projected to be $4,300 less than with a conventional gas fired
Replacing older fluorescent lighting with T-8 lamps and electronic ballasts. Occupancy sensors
are being installed in some projects.
Installing operable windows to provide daylight to offices and help connect occupants to the natural
environment while reducing electricity use.
Using low water consumption plumbing fixtures in restrooms. Drip irrigation systems are being
installed at some interpretive gardens to deliver exact water requirements directly to the plants’
Partnering with the Clear Water Conservancy on a demonstration project at the Military Museum to
manage urban runoff and restore the aquatic and terrestrial habitat of Spring Creek as it crosses
the museum’s grounds. The project will reduce stream channel erosion along nearly a quarter of a
mile of stream bank and replace approximately two acres of turf that is presently maintained to the
water’s edge with native vegetation. Storm water from an adjacent paved parking lot will be
handled through a vegetated bio-swale system.

Installing waterless urinals in the Military Museum restrooms to conserve water. The architects
have projected a savings of 39,000 gallons of water annually and over 780,000 gallons during the
20-year expected life of the urinals.
Experimenting with a pine pitch binder and gravel for site paths/walks rather than asphalt to reduce
water runoff at the Landis Valley Museum.
Retrofitting both the Anthracite Heritage Museum and the Eckley Miners Museum with an R-32
wall system to provide a more energy efficient thermal envelope. The Anthracite Heritage Museum
replaced old fluorescent ballasts with new high efficiency ballasts.
Guaranteed Energy Savings Act
The Commission is looking into the possibility of using the Commonwealth’s guaranteed energy
savings performance contracting program to upgrade energy efficiency at many sites. Statewide
surveys are being conducted by the Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute to determine the status
of facility heating and cooling systems and help assess their potential for third party retrofits.
Green Office
Paper Reduction
The agency reduces paper usage by making documents, applications and other notices available for
downloading on their web page. Some of the items currently on the web that reduce paper and
resources are as follows:
Historical markers online.
E-Grant Applications - allows applicants to apply online.
ARCH - this online system allows the public to search, on multiple criteria, the database of National
Register of Historic Places properties in Pennsylvania.
State Records Center Online - This online screen provides some of the most used forms in an
electronic format suitable for downloading.
Scholars in Residence Program - This web screen provides information and registration materials
for prospective candidates.
Online Publication Catalog - provides an alternative to the printed catalog.
Teleconferencing Reduces Travel
The commission routinely uses telephone conference calling for regular staff meetings and other
meetings. In the past year this saved approximately 4,000 miles traveled by car and approximately 182
gallons of gasoline. It has the added economic benefit of saving time for the approximately 20
employees involved. The agency expects to continue increasing the use of teleconferencing.
Agency Contact
Tina Long – 717-705-0557, tilong@state.pa.us

Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency provides financing and tax credits for safe and affordable
housing for Commonwealth citizens. Under its programs, the agency encourages energy efficiency and
water savings in its loan award processes. The agency looks favorably on prospective homeowners
buying energy efficient homes, as they are more likely to afford their payments, benefiting as they are
from lower energy costs. In addition, the agency works closely with developers to assure that potential
building sites are free of contamination.
Green Building
The agency’s new headquarters is under construction on a redeveloped lot in downtown Harrisburg.
The building, offering five floors of office space and three floors of parking, is designed to qualify for
silver certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED
rating system. Green features
Collection of rainwater from roof for use as “grey” water;
Use of recycled steel in the building structure;
Strict adherence to recycling of construction waste materials;
Increased insulation around building envelope to reduce energy consumption;
Selection of green products for furniture and workstations; and
Strict adherence to the use of low-emitting adhesives, paint, carpeting and wood products.
Land Use
The agency’s programs continue to support sound land use and smart growth.
The Homeownership Choice Program encourages innovative land use planning in urban areas and
works with commercial developers and community and downtown revitalization efforts. It provides
funds for cost-effective development of new single-family homes, helping to transform distressed
urban neighborhoods into attractive places to live and offering a viable alternative to sprawling
suburban development.
Energy efficiency is an important factor in keeping operating costs affordable. Applicants seeking
funding must include a description of the energy efficiency standards and specifications that they
will meet. Applicants are encouraged to be innovative in the use of renewable energy technologies
or other energy efficiencies that will contribute to long-term affordability.
Green Office
The agency continues to recycle office paper, magazines, aluminum cans, bottles and
toner cartridges. In 2002, it recycled approximately 37,100 pounds of office paper, 142 toner
cartridges, approximately 990 pounds of aluminum cans and glass and plastic bottles, as well as 196
telephone books.
Paper Reduction.
The agency continues to expand its use of the Internet, intranet and e-mail to
reduce paper usage. Internal e-mail is used as much as possible to distribute payroll and benefit

updates and information to employees. During the past year, the agency replaced mass mailings and
fax use by posting the following to its website or distributing them electronically:
Monthly board agenda;
Multifamily housing program guidelines;
Multifamily housing property operations manual;
Supportive services program operation manuals;
Annual list of tax credit reservations; and
Tax Credit Program Placed-In-Service Requirements and Cost Certification Guide
In addition:
The multifamily housing pre-processing manual is now distributed on CD-ROM.
The six-page financial review worksheets are maintained in a database, eliminating the need to
print and file the form for each of the approximately 390 multifamily properties monitored by the
The monthly detail of outstanding multifamily billings, a 50 to 70-page report, is now available for
viewing electronically, instead of being distributed to staff.
The management agents and owners of the multifamily properties are advised of financial
deadlines and important policy changes by email and updates to the agency’s website.
Instead of distributing more than 225 telephone books, the agency is obtaining a CD-ROM version,
accessible by all staff.
Energy Efficiency
The agency continues to educate staff on conservation practices, such as two-sided copying and
printing, and encourages their use through ongoing monitoring and periodic reminders. When
available, computers, fax machines and printers are set to power save functions and agency staff is
regularly reminded to turn off lights in individual offices, kitchens and other common areas at the end of
each day.
Agency Contact
Deborah Zlogar, 717-780-3902, dzlogar@phfa.org

Independent Regulatory Review Commission
With five board members and a staff of 17, the Independent Regulatory Review Commission annually
reviews approximately 140 to 170 proposed and final regulations from Pennsylvania state agencies for
consistency with the criteria contained in the Regulatory Review Act.
Green Management
The commission is committed to maintaining an environmentally friendly office by incorporating
sustainability into upper management decision-making processes. A green team made up of
representatives of the major directorates will meet several times a year to monitor ongoing initiatives as
well as develop new projects. The team will include a member of senior management, who will act as
the commission’s representative to the Commonwealth Green Council.
Green Office
Green Purchases.
The commission uses the Department of General Services’ list of approved
green vendors for all paper supply purchases. Items purchased include environmentally friendly
steno pads, sticky notes, desk calendars and 30 percent recycled-content copy paper.
Procurement personnel are encouraged to purchase green whenever practical and are briefed on
the local purchase of green office products. Personnel consult the Department of General
Service’s green shopping list and when necessary, consult the Governor’s Green Government
Council for guidance.
Virtually all of the office paper consumed is recycled through the Department of
General Services’ recycling program. In addition, employees recycle office phone books, and
aluminum, glass and plastic containers. Toner cartridges are returned to the manufacturer for
The commission attempted to initiate a Styrofoam recycling program through the Department of
General Services, but it was determined that a state contract would not be cost effective. Instead,
they have attempted to reduce the amount of generated Styrofoam by encouraging the use of
reusable cups, mugs and plates.
All computer equipment is recycled through the Department of General Services. Wherever
practical, old equipment is stored for reuse by other agencies. In the future, the commission will
consider leasing computer equipment through the Department of General Services.
Staff is encouraged to inquire with their municipalities to determine if recycling programs exist for
items not routinely picked up at the curb each week. Where practical, employees transport certain
items such as lunch bags or Styrofoam, home for municipal recycling.
Paper Reduction
The commission has cut its paper purchase by over 200 reams annually through such initiatives as:
Working with the General Assembly to develop an electronic submission system for regulations.
Currently all material reviewed is in paper format. Moving the reviewed regulations to an electronic
format would drastically reduce the Commonwealth’s paper usage. Although this partnership
between the General Assembly, state agencies and the commission is still in the developmental
stages, the Green Team continues to work toward making this program a reality.

Posting the annual report and process booklet on the commission’s website, making them
available to the public for viewing or downloading.
Using electronic forms, documents and interoffice communications.
Using electronic leave statements every two weeks to replace paper copies.
Using the electronic calendar for scheduling meetings and noting staff leave.
Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Staff is periodically reminded to save power by turning off desk and conference room lights and to
power down personal computers, copiers and other office equipment each evening as they leave
the office. The commission’s green team will consider the use of signage to remind staff on a daily
The need for commissioners to travel to Harrisburg has been reduced by the continued use of
telephone conferencing. Telephone participation in the bi-monthly meetings saves travel expenses
and cuts down on auto emissions by eliminating two to four automobile trips each month
Employee Awareness and Education
All personnel are provided copies of the Governor’s Green Government Council’s
in electronic format.
Agency Contact
Kris Shomper, (717) 783-5419, kriss@irrc.state.pa.us

Office of Inspector General
Pennsylvania’s Office of Inspector General has approximately 400 staff working to prevent or find fraud,
waste, and abuse in the Commonwealth’s programs, operations, and contracts. It aims to ensure that
tax dollars are being put to good use by government agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction and by
recipients of public benefit programs. The agency is headquartered in Harrisburg, has regional offices
located in Pittsburgh, Wilkes-Barre, and Philadelphia, and has agents located in 47 counties.
Green Office
Video Conferencing
The agency has reduced travel and the concomitant pollution by developing a downloadable video
training program and using video conferencing for meetings and training. A 20-minute video with
electronic attachments and desk guides has been developed to train employees who work with clients
that have limited proficiency in English. The quarterly meetings of regional managers will be held via
videoconference as will employee orientations and Commonwealth-mandated training programs, such
as those on HIV/AIDS and workplace violence.
Paper Reduction
The agency continues to reduce its paper usage by:
Expanding the use of e-mail to transmit internal reports and correspond with other agencies.
Posting its Annual Report on the Internet and intranet sites and circulating its monthly newsletter to
agency employees on the intranet site, saving approximately 150 reams of paper annually.
Continuing to put internal forms and notices on-line, posting its Policy Manual on the intranet and
printing only a single hard copy, instead of the approximately 400 copies previously printed, saving
approximately 130 reams of paper.
Automating its Welfare Fraud TipLine, saving 50 reams of paper annually and saving mailing costs
as well. Welfare fraud tips can now be reported via the agency’s website.
Printing overpayment coupon booklets in-house, with only the required number of coupons.
Previously, a vendor printed payment booklets with a standard 12 payment coupons.
Placing the agency’s telephone directory and Commonwealth directory on the intranet.
Collecting and recycling old telephone directories.
Green Purchases
The agency buys Energy Star™ labeled equipment when replacing office equipment. In the past year it
leased 356 personal computers, 37 laptops, 362 thin-screen LCD monitors, and purchased 115
The agency uses digital cameras for investigations and training purposes, thereby eliminating chemical
processing, photographic paper, and trips to the Commonwealth Media Center for film processing.

The agency’s old computer equipment was recycled through the Department of General Services’
contract with federal correctional facilities.
In 2003, the agency recycled over 2,200 used Lexmark and Hewlett Packard inkjet and laser printer
cartridges. The agency received a $4,799.80 credit, which is applied to the purchase of new cartridges.
The agency reformats and reuses the disks that come with new computer equipment, saving disposal
of more than 300 diskettes per year.
Agency Contacts
Nan A. Davenport, 717-787-6835, ndavenport@state.pa.us

Department of Insurance
The Department of Insurance is responsible for regulating the insurance industry and protecting the
insurance consumer. Comprised of 375 employees in seven locations, its mission is to serve
Pennsylvania’s insurance consumers through fair and efficient regulation of the insurance industry.
Due to the nature of the agency’s work, it relies heavily on green office programs for maintaining
Green Office
Paper Reduction.
Targeting paper usage as one of its largest environmental impacts, the agency
began receiving filings electronically as early as 1998 and has since expanded its use of
technology to promote a paperless environment.
The department now receives more than 50 percent of the Workers Compensation Loss Cost
Multiplier filings electronically. It had expected the number of electronic filings to reach between 60
percent and 70 percent by the fourth quarter of 2002, but smaller insurance companies have not
evolved to e-business as rapidly as anticipated. However, the department did receive an
additional four hundred electronic filings in 2002, through the System for Electronic Rate and Form
Filings. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ has seen a 300 percent increase
in the use of this e-business filing system in the first four months of 2003.
Since 1998, insurance companies have increased Internet usage for the electronic transmission of
agent appointments with approximately 40 percent of all appointments done electronically in 2002.
The department expects that number to increase to between 60 percent and 70 percent by 2004
with the implementation of Act 147 of 2002, which modifies the appointment filing and billing
Newspapers, glass, cans, magazines and ink cartridges are recycled at the
department’s Strawberry Square facility.
Laser cartridges are recycled through the Big Brother program.
The department reinforces its program by educating employees about the importance of resource
GreenWorthy News
and other appropriate publications are distributed to employees via
the Internet.
Green Computer Leasing.
Two-thirds of the department’s computers have been leased through
the Department of General Services’ computer-leasing program, which relies on the vendor to take
older computers and find appropriate avenues for reuse or recycling. By July 2004, more than 400
personal computers will be leased.
The department has started replacing less energy efficient computer monitors with flat panel
compliant monitors. There are now 240 flat panel monitors in service and the
remainder will be replaced in the next fiscal year. In addition to using less energy, the flat panel
monitors give off less heat.
Green Travel.
The department reduced overall miles traveled in connection with agency business
by having staff hold administrative hearings in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh instead of in Harrisburg.
That eliminated traveling to Harrisburg for 215 Philadelphia area residents and 60 individuals from
Pittsburgh. The department has decided to continue handling administrative hearings this way in
the future.

Agency Contact
Peter Salvatore, 717-787-4429, psalvatore@state.pa.us

Department of Labor and Industry
The Department of Labor and Industry is the fourth largest agency in state government and is among
the top 50 largest employers in Pennsylvania, with more than 6,000 employees in 200 offices
statewide. Established in 1913, the department originally inspected the working conditions in factories
around the state. The agency now also administers benefits to unemployed individuals, referrals to job
placement and training services, worker’s compensation to individuals with job-related injuries, and
provides vocational rehabilitation to individuals with disabilities.
Green Office
The Management Service Division is conducting a study to determine the effectiveness of
consolidating office equipment and encouraging program areas to replace existing desktop
copiers, fax machines, scanners and printers with strategically placed multifunctional copier
devices. This would eliminate a number of copiers, fax machines, scanners and printers within
each program area, with concomitant savings in:
o Energy use and space;
o Paper, as the new multifunctional devices will automatically default to two-sided printing; and
o Lower per impression cost of medium multifunction copiers as opposed to desktop printers.
The Document Print Center encourages multiple inserts in one envelope to save paper and
postage costs, two-sided printing and plastic comb binding, which can be reused when booklets
are recycled.
The Creative Design and Marketing Center creates forms and publications in PDF File format to
encourage customers to post their documents to the Internet. Cost savings include printing
resources, paper and distribution.
The agency reuses and recycles old furniture whenever possible. When offices relocate or
upgrade to newer furniture, the older modular units are offered to other program areas for reuse.
During the past year, approximately 50 workstations were removed, cleaned and reused in
different locations within the department. The Building Maintenance and Construction Activities
Section is responsible for the following:
Re-using all doors, doorframes, locksets, lock cylinders, and hardware;
When possible, re-using drywall screws, board clips, floor mounted electricity and phone
boxes, and some drywall sheeting; and
Using only water-based paint and adhesives.
Working in conjunction with the Commonwealth Agency Recycling Office, the agency continues to
recycle both paper and used computer equipment and peripherals. During the past year the
department has disposed of approximately 1,100 computers, monitors, printers and related
The agency buys 30 percent recycled content paper using the Department of General Services’

Agency Contact
Thomas H. Fisher, 717-783-0332, thfisher@state.pa.us

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is unique in state government in that all its expenses are
funded from profits generated from the sale of wine and spirits from its more than 650 retail liquor
stores. Sales totaled $104.7 million in fiscal year 2001-2002. Surplus revenues are transferred to the
general fund each year to support general state operations. A dollar saved or a dollar not spent by the
board is an additional dollar of revenue for the Commonwealth. The independent board also regulates
the beverage alcohol industry in the state of Pennsylvania, issuing over 20,000 licenses and permits
annually, and provides nationally recognized alcohol education programs.
Paper Reduction
The board continues to enhance the electronic business-to-business and business-to- consumer
initiatives begun in 2002. It recently implemented warehouse management systems to help
warehouse operators deliver products more efficiently, using less energy. Energy savings are
realized because the warehouse management system directs the operators of forklifts and other
power equipment to the proper spot in the warehouse for storing and retrieving items.
The board's Bureau of Licensing has been the Commonwealth's leader in optical imaging
technology and the entire agency continues toward eliminating the use of paper. Liquor licensees
can complete license renewals and other transactions on-line. Consumers can research product
information before driving to a store or can use the agency’s e-commerce web site to buy products
on line for delivery to the store of their choice.
The board’s alcohol education information and materials are available on the internet.
“From the Vine”, the Board’s official newsletter, is now on their intra and internet sites and is no
longer being distributed to employees who have access to a computer. This saves paper and ink.
Green Power
Wine & Spirits Shoppe energy retrofits are an ongoing program. In the past year, 42 stores were
retrofitted with energy efficient lighting.
The agency’s Electric Supplier Management Program encourages green electricity by contracting
with Penn State University to select energy suppliers for its Wine & Spirits Shoppes. The board
has participated in the green electricity program since its inception in 2000.
Green Buildings
The board’s 360,000 sq. ft. Southeast Distribution Center in Philadelphia will store super-
premium wines in a climate-controlled area cooled by HVAC units removed from the former
computer room in its Harrisburg headquarters.
The board has a policy of furnishing new or renovated offices with systems furniture built
with recycled components. Environmentally friendly floor coverings are also used. It is
estimated that 30 stations were refurbished this past year.
The board's Wine & Spirits Shoppes "smart leases" incorporate the latest in DGS green
specifications and technology. These specs include:

All doors have an air leakage rate of no more than 1.25 cubic feet per minute per square foot
of door area.
Low-e coatings are applied to all window and door glass to reduce cooling load.
All lighting fixtures have energy efficient electronic ballasts and energy efficient T-8 tubes.
The board’s retail stores participate in local recycling programs. Corrugated cartons are also
recycled, formally through contracts and informally by being given free to customers who need
packing containers.
Agency Contact
Michael Roteman, 717-787-5567, mroteman@state.pa.us

Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs’ mission is to provide organized, combat-ready units,
both Army and Air National Guard, for call to federal duty in the event of national emergency and to
state duty in time of disaster or civilian disorder. The Bureau of Veterans Affairs' mission is to provide
world-class service to Pennsylvania veterans and their families by operating a network of veterans
assistance programs, veteran’s homes, and the Scotland School for Veterans' Children.
Land Use
The department operates a comprehensive land management plan for its 17,150 acres of military
training land at Fort Indiantown Gap and smaller training locations statewide. Working with the
Pennsylvania Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and the Pennsylvania State University, the
department has been balancing active military training and the management of diverse plant and
animal ecosystems. This year the program has been expanded to include:
Using radio-telemetry to study the deer population and their impacts on the ecosystem;
Inventorying birds, terrestrial invertebrates, Allegheny Wood rats, timber rattlesnakes and
Evaluating and monitoring erosion and sedimentation problems in the training area and
maintaining numerous sediment control structures throughout the post; and
Operating two water gauges for stream monitoring and fish and macro invertebrate surveys on
more than 20 sites throughout the training area.
Most recently, the department completed the Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan; Fort
Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center, a 238-page document that describes the natural
resources, military mission and projects.
Using this management plan, the department has implemented a proactive and comprehensive
management strategy for the Regal Fritillary butterfly. Being one of only two places in the Eastern
United States where this butterfly is located, the department has worked to protect and preserve the
species, while also scheduling tours for interested public. They are also beginning to develop a species
reintroduction program into other areas of the Commonwealth.
The department continues to develop and implement a forest management plan at the training site.
New initiatives include forest delineation programs, which separate out individual stands and evaluate
them as to type, size, class, age, overstory and understory species, volume of saw timber and
pulpwood, deer impact, downed woody debris and military impacts.
Dynamic integration of spatial and forest management data has been achieved through computer
programs designed by the Penn State School of Forest Resources. The program provides an interface
between a geographic information system and a database containing information collected in the
comprehensive forest inventory. This system utilizes four durable tablet computers that are used in the
data collection process. All of the tablet computers can synchronize with a desktop computer, allowing
all of the computers to have the same data at the end of the day. This allows land managers to have
access to all of their data in the field, where it matters most.

Energy Retrofits
The department is increasing the energy efficiency of its facilities by upgrading existing building stock
through the Commonwealth’s guaranteed energy saving performance-contracting process.
Fifty structures at its headquarters in Fort Indiantown Gap are currently being renovated through a
$10.37 million contract. Projected benefits include:
Operational savings of $1,265,028 per year;
New standardized heating, cooling and control equipment in all major buildings;
A projected utility budget decrease of $1,573,284 at the end of the 10-year contract.
Investment grade audits are currently under way for a second contract to retrofit 40 armories
statewide. The department anticipates that this project will be significantly larger than the Fort
Indiantown Gap project; and
A third project to upgrade six veterans homes has just begun with a solicitation for letters of
interest from 17 qualified energy savings contractors.
During the last year the department recycled a wide variety of materials for which it received $41,041:
31 tons of aluminum cans with revenue collection of $249;
100 tons of baled corrugated cardboard with revenue collection of $4,254;
61 tons of office paper with revenue collection of $2,601;
2 tons of bimetallic and steel cans;
249 tons of ferrous metal with revenue collection of $5,181;
10 tons of non-ferrous metals with revenue collection of $98;
41 tons of brass with revenue collection of $12,785;
13 tons of ammunition cans;
1,755 gallons of diesel fuel with revenue collection of $1,474;
6,765 gallons of antifreeze with revenue collection of $14,399;
500 gallons of waste oil; and
432 wooden pallets repaired for reuse.
Agency Contact
Carl Magagna, 717-861-8101, cmagagna@state.pa.us

Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System
The Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System consists of an 11-member board and a staff of 28
employees administering approximately 825 individual pension plans for non-uniformed employees,
police officers and firefighters. The agency is making only its second submission to the Green Plan but has
made significant progress over the past several years in greening its operations.
Green Office
The Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System buys Energy Star
certified computers, office
equipment and computer monitors. Motion detectors are installed to control lighting in the rest
rooms at the agency’s headquarters building as a contribution to reducing electrical consumption.
The system recycles:
Computers and peripherals. The system intends to participate in the Commonwealth’s
computer-leasing program, under which old computers and peripherals are returned to the
vendor for reuse or recycling.
Toner cartridges, recycled through the Commonwealth’s Good-Brother toner cartridge
o White and scrap paper.
o Aluminum cans from the staff lunchroom.
Reuse of plastic nametag holders, which are reused.
The agency owns its vehicles, and its most recent purchase was a compact Geo Prism to reduce
energy consumption and vehicle emissions. The agency also monitors employees’ travel to
seminars and conferences and encourages employees to carpool. When scheduling visits with
member municipalities throughout the Commonwealth, the agency encourages employees to
coordinate several meetings in the same area to reduce travel.
The agency routinely cuts back on the building air conditioning and heating in the evenings and on
weekends when the office is not in use.
All of the agency’s publications, order forms and newsletter have been placed on its web page,
thereby reducing the amount of paper mailed out to customers. In addition, the agency now
circulates copies of trade publications and newspapers to staff and the board members, reducing
the number of copies purchased.
The staff has been encouraged, when possible, to print or copy documents double-sided.
Agency Contact
Cynthia L. Davis, 717-787-2065, cyndavis@state.pa.us

Board of Probation and Parole
The Board of Probation and Parole protects the safety of the public, addresses crime victims’ needs,
improves county adult probation and parole services, and assists in the fair administration of justice by
ensuring the custody, control, and treatment of offenders under its jurisdiction.
Green Management
The board’s management continues to support its Green Team and has recently strengthened it by
adding representatives from both its administrative and policy offices. Staff is actively involved in the
development of the board’s green plan. Most recently, the headquarters’ staff has worked directly with
the staff of the Lancaster sub-office to stimulate and implement ideas directed toward sustainability.
The Green Team leader routinely updates employees on greening activities and successes through
agency newsletters and distribution of the Governor’s Green Government Council’s
Green Building
The board has issued a solicitation for its Harrisburg District Office, which incorporates the
Commonwealth’s Model Green Office Leasing Specifications.
During the past year, the board has refurbished its Western Regional Office in the Pittsburgh State
Office Building, the Central Regional Office in Harrisburg, as well as offices in Chambersburg, Beaver
Falls, Chester, Lancaster, and the town of Franklin to assure a healthier environment for the board’s
employees. All the offices were furnished with green workstations and furniture. The workstations are
constructed of recycled wheat board and covered with 100 percent recycled polyester fabric. They are
guaranteed to contain at least 25 percent recycled steel and plastic constructed from recycled material
and make use of powder coatings, hot melt adhesives and a water-based adhesive process.
During 2003-2004, the board expects to complete ongoing upgrades to its facilities in Philadelphia,
York, Scranton, Butler, Harrisburg District Office and Pittsburgh’s East End. Green furnishing and
workstations are being installed throughout.
Green Office
Paper Reduction
. The board continues working toward a paperless environment:
The board continuously reviews the interaction of electronic applications and electronic responses
to assure that paper is saved whenever possible.
The Cases Not Seen Report, of the Institutional Casement Management System, is now fully
automated, eliminating the need for approximately 36 reams of paper per year. Further savings
will be generated as all components of this new system are brought on line.
The board has eliminated its paper quarterly training record reports, as they are now accessible
on-line. The catalog of training courses is available on the agency’s intranet site.
Fire drill reports are being sent electronically from field offices.
. The board remains committed to recycling and continues to review the effectiveness
of recycling in the Central Office on a periodic basis.

A survey is underway to assess every shredding activity throughout the agency to ensure that
recycling is taking place appropriately and to establish the effect in terms of resource conservation.
The board has been successful in recycling toner cartridges with a savings of $1,030.00. Direct
Image Source, the vendor, pays the postage to have the empty cartridges returned, and upon
receipt, credits the board’s account against the purchase of new toner cartridges.
Green Fleet and Green Purchasing
. Both green fleets and green purchases remain a priority.
The board looks forward to the implementation of Imagine PA in order to establish a database for
tracking automotive maintenance items. A member of the purchasing unit’s staff has been added
to the Green Team agency to provide more fluid communications. A pilot program to assess the
benefits of replacing throwaway pens with refillable ones has begun in the Lancaster sub-office.
Agency Contact
Michael Neumyer, 717-787-0306, mneumyer@state.pa.us

Public School Employee’s Retirement System
The board of trustees and the employees of the Public School Employee’s Retirement System are
responsible for managing a financially sound retirement system for public employees. The system
maintains a central headquarters and eight regional offices.
Green Building
Pennsylvania Power and Light recently audited the headquarters building to identify cost effective
ways to use less energy and to make the facility more energy efficient. No further energy
conservation measures were recommended beyond those already in place, which include:
Managing energy efficiency through multiple controls, which include photocells and time-
clocks for outside lighting, motion sensors to control restroom and conference room lighting,
and temperature setbacks for heating and air conditioning equipment.
Servicing of HVAC systems and changing air filters semi-annually to maximize efficiency.
o Replacing the cooling tower.
Installing two heat recovery units that reuse the heat energy generated by two 10-ton air
conditioners in the computer room.
Continuing a concerted effort, through signage and messages, to encourage staff and the
cleaning crew to turn off lights and power down personal computers each night. The agency
has also instructed the cleaning crew to walk the floors each evening to ensure that lights are
turned off. Computers and copiers are set to go on standby if not used for a specified period
of time.
Encouraging employees to close blinds during periods of extreme heat to reduce energy
The system continues its contract for a comprehensive annual air quality study of the 70,000
square foot headquarters’ facility and, with the collaboration of the landlords, has extended air
quality testing to four of its eight regional field offices. The annual study covers airborne
chemicals, temperature and relative humidity, airborne particulates, a random visual evaluation for
cleanliness, airborne microbial and spores. Costs for the field office studies and follow-up were
paid as part of the Workman’s Compensation Fund.
Green Office
The agency recycles its old computers, monitors and printers through the state surplus computer-
recycling program. Old furniture and modular office cubicles are recycled or sent to other state
facilities for reuse. In addition, it recycles office paper, newspapers, corrugated cardboard, office
supplies, cans, toner and fax cartridges, automotive products and old carpet. Through Dupont’s
carpet recycling program, the system will recycle 2,500 square feet of carpet this year.
The system buys environmentally preferable office supplies from the Department of General
Service’s Green Shopping List including:
Fax machines and most copiers, which use recycled paper;
Office supplies, which contain non-toxic products; and

Energy Star office equipment, which powers down when not in use.
The system communicates the majority of its policies, procedures, bulletins and information
statements by intranet or e-mail. Staff is also encouraged to use its electronic calendar for
scheduling meetings.
The system routinely reuses binder clips, paper clips, sheet protectors, envelopes and folders, as
well as binders and other stationery products salvaged from vendors’ proposals. At an employee’s
suggestion, the envelopes used for delivering paychecks and stubs are also re-used.
The system encourages employees to carpool to work by assigning points for carpooling in its
parking space rating system.
The agency continues to compost its coffee grounds and grass clippings to produce approximately 50
pounds of soil each year, which its landscaper applies to the shrubbery around the headquarters’
Reducing Smoking Room Pollution
PSERS continues its efforts to provide a cleaner environment in and around the agency’s smoking
room. Thus far, the agency has set up a regular program for cleaning and painting the walls, steam
cleaning the carpet, and replacing the ceiling tile in the room. Modern air cleaners have been installed
to clean the air inside and just outside the room. The exhaust system for the room is cleaned and
Agency Contact
James Noone, 717-720-4714, jnoone@pa.state.us

Public Utility Commission
The Public Utility Commission ensures safe, reliable and reasonably priced electric, natural gas, water,
telephone and transportation services for Pennsylvania consumers by regulating public utilities and
serving as responsible stewards of competition. It is headquartered in Harrisburg with regional offices
in Altoona, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Scranton.
Demand Side Response Programs
In January 2001, the commission established a Demand Side Response Working Group to help
electricity distribution companies implement programs that encourage consumers to reduce their
electricity consumption during peak periods. Such programs typically provide a monetary incentive for
consumers to either use less energy or shift their usage to times when electricity costs less to produce.
They raise consumer awareness according to the positive impact that reducing consumption during
peak periods can have on wholesale prices and the overall reliability of the electricity system.
A “smart thermostat” program has been offered to some residential consumers. During a peak
event on a hot summer day, the company can remotely control the temperature in the customer’s
home to reduce the conditioning and pay the customer in exchange. The customer can also
control the thermostat remotely to adjust consumption and save on electricity costs.
Many commercial and industrial customers have access to programs that convey real-time price
information to them before a peak event. Some programs require the customer to agree ahead of
time to reduce load by a certain amount, while others allow the customer to make a business
decision when the price signals are received. Although upfront commitments generally involve
higher paybacks to customers, load reductions achieved as a result of economic decisions also
benefit the overall system and the customer.
The Demand Side Response Working Group continues to meet under the commission’s leadership to
explore the further implementation or expansion of programs throughout Pennsylvania. Currently, it is
discussing principles that might form the basis of a Commission Policy Statement setting forth
guidelines and criteria for electricity distribution companies to follow in developing demand side
response programs.
Sustainable Energy Funds
During settlement of five major electricity distribution companies’ restructuring proceedings in
connection with deregulation, approximately $55 million was set aside to promote the development of
sustainable and renewable energy. An additional $25 million was earmarked specifically as sustainable
energy funds, as a result of subsequent proceedings affecting three of these companies.
Over the past year, funding, administered by regional boards and operating under commission-
approved by-laws, has been committed for solar photovoltaic projects, smart thermostat programs, the
installation of geothermal systems, the construction of buildings using energy conservation
technologies, energy efficiency and distributed generation projects, and consumer education relating to
sustainable power. More than $12 million has been allocated for wind projects such as the Bear Creek
Wind Power Project, a 20-megawatt facility located in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area, which is
expected to produce enough electricity to power 5,500 homes and is scheduled to come online in
December 2003. Funding proposals totaling $10.5 million have been made for future wind projects.

Green Office
The Commission is taking a number of steps to green its office operations:
Paper Reduction
Leasing copiers that permit double-sided copying, which is used whenever possible.
Changing its procedures for the internal distribution of public meeting reports and orders to
minimize the number of hard copies. Employees generally receive a copy of the cover sheet for
each item and have electronic access to the full document. With a typical public meeting agenda
including over 50 multi-page items, some of which exceed 100 pages, this procedure substantially
reduces the number of paper copies that are made.
Converting its case management system to one that emphasizes electronic filings, service and
tracking. In addition to the internal efficiencies that this system is expected to produce, the
commission also anticipates significant reductions in the number of paper copies that must be
made of various filings.
Relying more heavily on electronic mail as a way of communicating among bureaus and offices, as
well as with stakeholders in the utility industries. Meeting notices, proposals, position statements
and other documents are routinely circulated electronically.
Making many documents available on the Internet website for downloading so as to avoid the
unnecessary duplication of paper copies. Additionally, some information is presently shared with
employees through an intranet website, with plans to expand this capability.
Distributing internal newsletters, newspaper clippings and industry publications to employees by
electronic mail.
Relying solely on Microsoft Outlook for scheduling and keeping track of meetings and no longer
ordering paper calendars.
Energy Reduction
The commission participates in the Department of General Services’ initiatives in the Keystone
Building to conserve electricity by turning off lighting after hours.
All computer equipment bought by the commission meets the “Energy Star” requirements.
The commission cooperates with the Department of General Services’ recycling program, which
includes the recycling of paper, plastic and aluminum products, and toner cartridges. In addition,
the commission sends old computers to surplus.
Commission employees routinely reuse three-ring binders for the temporary storage of paper
The commission is working to reduce the need for travel:
During the past fiscal year, the commission upgraded the teleconferencing equipment in most
conference rooms, reducing the need for travel to Harrisburg.

Within the past several months, the commission began a subscription to web casts that
enables employees to observe public meetings of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
and the Federal Communications Commission without traveling to Washington, D.C. Several
employees can be accommodated in a special conference room that enables the computer
image to be displayed onto a larger screen.
Agency Contact
Calvin Birge, 717-783-1555, cbirge@state.pa.us

Department of Public Welfare
The Department of Public Welfare is Pennsylvania’s largest state agency and one of the largest state
human services agencies in the nation. The department funds services for hundreds of thousands of
Pennsylvanians through a vast network of county-administered or privately operated programs,
including mental health, mental retardation, juvenile justice, employment and training, health care, child
welfare, childcare and social services. In addition, it oversees the operation and management of 10
state mental health facilities, six mental retardation centers and 13 youth development centers. The
agency also operates a large network of field offices located throughout the Commonwealth.
Vehicle Maintenance Recycling
The agency maintains a fleet of approximately 1,365 vehicles statewide and recycles the following:
• More than 350 lead acid batteries;
• 947 used tires;
• 5355 gallons of used motor oil; and
• 515 gallons of used anti-freeze.
The agency recycled 2,464 tons of coal ash from coal-fired boilers and anti-skid material on facility and
municipal roads.
Energy Conservation
The agency has installed energy management systems at several facilities to allow maintenance
personnel to monitor indoor building environments and adjust as necessary for optimum temperature
and relative humidity, depending on season, time of day and cooling load. Total savings as a result of
this technology is in excess of 1.2 million kilowatt hours and has reduced:
• The use of coal by 30,000 tons;
• Fuel oil consumption by over 280,000 gallons; and
• Natural gas consumption by over 54 million cubic feet.
The Ebensburg Center is upgrading existing fluorescent light fixtures to more energy-efficient ballasts
and tubes. Over 600 fixtures have been upgraded with an anticipated 25 percent increase in energy
efficiency. Altoona Center will be the next facility to upgrade its lighting.
Reduced Air Emissions
The agency routinely conducts preventative maintenance on boilers, including the re-calibration of coal
and oil-fired boilers to reduce fuel consumption and emissions to the environment. Using smaller oil-
fired boilers instead of the larger coal-fired boilers for steam production in summer months, when the
heating demand lessens, has reduced:
• Nitrogen and sulfur oxides emissions by over 275 tons; and
• Volatile organic contaminants by almost 800 tons.
The Hamburg Center has recently installed three new steam-operated hot water generators that are
designed to heat water as needed. This “on demand” heating system uses much less fuel, thereby
reducing air emissions even further.

Soil and Groundwater Protection
• The department has saved over 31.2 million gallons of water this year through the following
conservation practices:
Installing recirculating hot water lines;
Monitoring buildings to ensure fixtures are turned off; and
Repairing or replacing leaking fixtures and lines.
• The agency has stabilized an eroding storm water drainage swale at the Allentown State Hospital to
eliminate sediment discharge to the Lehigh River.
• Torrance State Hospital recently replaced a mercury seal at the base of the rotator assembly of a
trickling sewage filter system to avoid mercury-contaminating groundwater.
Environmental Site Assessments
Comprehensive environmental inspections are conducted before closing agency facilities. Inspections
include the physical plant, sewage and water treatment facilities, vehicle fleet and buildings and
grounds maintenance facilities. Inspections help to identify, inventory, reuse, recycle or surplus any
equipment or materials and identify any potentially harmful chemicals which may require additional
mitigation prior to closure. This proactive approach to minimizing material disposal and maximizing the
redesign, reuse and recycling of materials has been used to track and minimize negative environmental
impacts long after agency-owned and operated facilities have been closed. The agency has conducted
Environmental Site Assessments at three facilities that have been closed, they are Western, Laurelton
and Pennhurst Centers.
Green Office
Office recycling at all agency locations resulted in the recycling of:
• 2,065 tons of office paper, magazines, newsprint and other recyclable paper;
• 4,785 pounds of aluminum cans;
• 8118 tons of cardboard;
• 121 tons of scrap metal; and
• 521 copier and printer cartridges.
Agency facilities have substituted safer, more environmentally friendly cleaning products for existing
toxic cleaning products in the housekeeping departments. This ensures a safer living environment for
residents, as well as reduced staff exposure to toxic cleaning agents.
Polk Center continues to hold an annual Earth Day celebration. This year’s event was open to
residents, staff and general public and attracted over 700 people. Earth Day activities included
environmental display booths, games, a fishing derby and numerous environmental information
Agency Contact
Peter Mengak, 570-271-4661, pmengak@state.pa.us

Pennsylvania Department of Revenue
The Department of Revenue processes all tax payments due to the Commonwealth, totaling nearly $20
billion annually.
Being mainly an office operation, the agency’s green initiatives are within the green office program.
Most accomplishments are currently in the area of paper savings through the increased use of
electronic commerce.
Green Office
During the past five years, the agency has implemented three different electronic alternatives for
filing personal income tax. This year 35 percent of all returns were filed electronically.
Since January 2000, personal income taxpayers have been using the department’s pa.direct.file
web site to make balance due payments by electronic funds withdrawal. In March 2002, the
department added the option of making current year balance due payments by credit card over the
Internet, and approximately 2,400 balance due payments, totaling nearly $2 million, were received.
This credit card program is currently being expanded to include the filing of liquid fuels and fuels
tax payments.
Businesses may now file sales and employee withholding taxes, as well as unemployment
compensation, using the Internet based e-tides. Since its inception in July 2002, nearly 267,000
business returns have been filed electronically. In January 2003 e-tides was expanded to include
the filing of W-2 data, corporate net income, capital stock/foreign franchise and corporation
specialty tax estimated payments and extension requests. Nearly 52,500 employee wage and tax
statements and 586 corporate estimated payments and extensions were filed electronically. In
addition to tax returns, approximately 56 percent of individuals starting businesses filed their
Pennsylvania Enterprise Registration forms electronically.
Other projects currently in progress include partnering with the Internal Revenue Service and the
Federations of Tax Administrators to streamline the filing of tax and wage data for employer
taxpayers and federal and state agencies by providing combined state and federal single point
electronic filing.
Agency Contact
Barry Drew, 717-783-3691, bdrew@state.pa.us

Pennsylvania Rural Development Council
The Pennsylvania Rural Development Council is a statewide organization comprised of citizens,
community-based organizations, members of the business community and state, federal and local
governments. Its mission is to strengthen the capacity of rural Pennsylvania to prosper in a changing
economic and social climate.
Green Office
. The council relies heavily on the use of video conferencing to help provide
rural citizens the opportunity to receive timely information without having to travel a great distance.
Using videoconferencing since 1997, the council has insured that rural residents have a voice in
policy and rural program decisions while reducing energy usage and auto emissions. Video
conferencing is provided at 19 interactive sites throughout the state and one in Washington, DC.
This past year the council has hosted four videoconferences with no rural Pennsylvanian being
more than one hour from a site. A videoconference held last April focused on PA Opportunities
thru Congressional Rural Caucus and Governor Rendell – Working for Rural PA. The
videoconference held in June focused on the heavily debated issue of rural telecommunications
and Economic and Community Development through Community Networks.
Paperless Environment.
During the past year, the council expanded its website to include the
production of its third brochure and newsletter, which update council activities, provide Council
Member perspectives, and provide alerts for upcoming grants, loans and educational programs.
The website is the vehicle the council uses to carry its message to members, partners and citizens
in a timely manner. On an average, the website receives about 3,300 inquiries per month.
Agency Contact
Joyce Hockenberry, 717-787-1954, jhockenber@state.pa.us

Public Securities Commission
The Pennsylvania Securities Commission is responsible for protecting Pennsylvanians from deceptive
practices in connection with offers, sales and purchases of securities while encouraging availability of
equity and debt financing to legitimate businesses and industries. It is comprised of 3 commissioners
and a staff of 84 employees, with headquarters in Harrisburg and offices in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
Green Office
The Commission:
Continues to reduce paper usage.
It will further reduce the number of hard copy filings by expanding its web-based application
system for filing certain securities electronically.
During the last 12 months, 1,020,685 hits on its web site have significantly reduced the cost
and volume of printed informational documents.
Policies, notices, standard forms and procedures are available electronically. The Human
Resources Office has begun distributing courtesy copies of official personnel action notices
Recycles virtually all of its office paper, newspapers, magazines and brochures, aluminum cans,
old telephone directories, obsolete manuals, and all cardboard packaging material through the
landlord’s recycling program.
Encourages its procurement staff to buy supplies and materials, such as office paper, envelopes,
business cards and binders made with post consumer recycled products, and remanufactured
toner cartridges and computer disks, from the Department of General Services green shopping list.
Next year the commission will use the green office program to develop a plan to eventually replace
all of its office equipment with Energy Star
certified electronic equipment.
Conducts approximately 50 percent of its meetings via teleconferencing. Initially implemented to
save travel costs, this also reduces the commission’s impact on the environment. Actual savings
will be tracked during the coming year.
Agency Contact
Simon Dengel, (717) 783-4242, sdengel@state.pa.us

Department of State
The Department of State employs 428 employees and is responsible for efficiently and aggressively
ensuring compliance with standards of ethics and competence in a variety of areas, including
professional licensure, charitable solicitation, professional boxing and wrestling and the electoral
process. 327 of the agency’s employees are office based while the remainder are field inspectors and
Green Building
The General Assembly assigned the department new medical malpractice responsibilities. To
accommodate the increased staff, the agency bid for 75,000 square feet of leased office space. The
department chose the highly sustainable option of moving the Bureau of Professional and Occupational
Affairs, the Bureau of Enforcement and Investigation’s Headquarters and Regional Office and the State
Athletic Commission into the Main Building of the former Polyclinic Hospital. Environmentally friendly
measures include:
Reusing an existing building, its site and infrastructure – the greenest building of all.
Recycling existing fixtures and furnishings. Existing through-wall heating and ventilation units were
re-built to give user-friendly temperature control over smaller areas as opposed to whole wing
controls. Existing lighting fixtures were also refitted with energy efficient lamps and ballasts.
Recycling all steel, aluminum and copper removed from the building.
Taking advantage of the building’s large windows which light 90 percent of the occupied space to
reduce lighting loads and provide natural light to staff.
Installing low water-consumption fixtures in bathrooms.
Having the building located within walking distance of public bus stops and restaurants.
Using more than 500 moving boxes saved from previous moves.
Purchasing 180 new workstations and furniture for 29 private offices from an environmentally
sustainable furniture manufacturer. This furniture contains no ozone depleting substances, and
the steel used in the furniture contains between 25 percent to 30 percent recycled content. The
particleboard suppliers for Steelcase use recycled content from two sources: post-consumer
waste, reclaimed from “urban wood” (such as demolition waste or old houses), which constitutes
up to 50 percent of the material content, and post-industrial sources (branches, bark and mill waste
from the lumber-making process), which also constitutes up to 50 percent of the material content.
Retaining 150 workstations from the department’s former location and allocating them to state and
local government entities and a vendor. Three and a half truckloads of furniture were stored for
distribution to other state agencies.
Seating in the public boardrooms and hearing rooms at the new Penn Center facility is provided by the
Steelcase Protégé Chair. During design, the engineering team was able to eliminate as much as three
pounds of material per chair. To facilitate plastic recycling, all plastic products on the Protégé are
molded with the recycle icon. In addition, any steel and plastic trimmed during chair production are
recycled and reused. The company replaced the CFC-blown slab forms it had been using with a water-
blown foam, thereby eliminating the use of an ozone-depleting substance.

The department also purchased seven new workstations from Groupe LaCasse, which maintains a
strong sustainability policy. Panel board, the main raw material in the workstation, is made mostly of
recycled wood particles generated in wood industries. The remains of the cutting operations are used
to make smaller components when possible, otherwise the cuttings are used in packaging. The
remainder of the materials, along with the collected dust is used to produce electricity by cogeneration.
After the cutting process, the sides of the LaCasse components are finished with a PVC edging. The
recuts of this process and the shavings from the cleaning of the machines are sent to a plastic recycler.
The firm also has implemented other environmentally friendly policies during the manufacturing
process, which involve the fabric, fiberglass insulation, corrugated cardboard, metals and rags.
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Paper Reduction
. Since 1998, the department has operated the Pennsylvania Campaign Finance
Database, which collects and disseminates campaign finance information on political committees
and candidates for public office. Committees and candidates file campaign finance reports with
the Bureau of Commissions either on diskette or paper. In 1998, 25 reports were filed
electronically. By 2002, the number rose to 779 electronic filings. The department will continue to
encourage committees and candidates to file reports on diskette.
The Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs provides administrative and legal support to
27 professional and occupational licensing boards and commissions. The bureau now offers
prospective and current licensees the opportunity to apply for initial licensure, renew licensure and
conduct searches of licensed professionals via its secure MyLicense website. Currently 20 boards
have the capability under MyLicense to apply for and complete web renewals, impacting 400,000
More than 1.5 million corporations in the Commonwealth have filed incorporation documents with
the Department of State. The newly implemented on-line database provides the public with access
to corporation records 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There has been a 73 percent decrease
in corporate searches, saving 5.7 reams of paper. There has also been a 66 percent decrease in
UCC searches resulting in a savings of 11.5 reams.
. Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs recycled 37,500 newsletters rather
than putting them into the waste disposal stream.
When the Pine Street offices of the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, State Athletic
Commission and the Bureau of Enforcement and Investigation’s Headquarters and Harrisburg
Regional office prepared to relocate, the department doubled the recycle schedule and number of
barrels as office paper was purged prior to the move.
In the Harrisburg area, 300 employees recycled out-dated white and yellow page telephone
Reduced Hazardous Materials in the Workplace
This year the department discontinued in-house microfilm developing. Fourteen gallons of
hydroguinone and potassium hydroxide and 19 gallons of ammonium thiosulfate were disposed of by
the Department of General Services Special Projects Team in accordance with state and federal
Agency Contact
Diane Good, 717-783-7214, digood@state.pa.us

State Employees’ Retirement System
The State Employee’s Retirement System, established in 1923, is one of the oldest and largest
statewide retirement plans, with more than 200,000 members. A staff of 192 employees and an 11-
member Board of Trustees are responsible for administering the Commonwealth employees’ pension
system and the operation of seven retirement counseling centers across the state.
Green Office
The Retirement System has expanded its Green Team to incorporate personnel from different agency
disciplines, including administration and procurement. Being primarily an office operation, the agency’s
environmental impacts are best mitigated through the use of the green office program. Initiatives
currently underway include:
The recent completion of central office renovations. Most of the agency’s employees occupy the
central office, and the larger facility provides for more centralized management of all agency
disciplines. Currently, the central office training facility is being enlarged to accommodate on-site
training of employees, which keeps travel to a minimum and results in a reduction of energy usage
and auto emissions.
The installation of 5,200 square yards of environmentally preferable carpet, which was
manufactured with recycled products.
The purchase of 20 new cubical panels coated with recycled polyester material.
The agency has developed a Knowledge Management System to access forms, documents,
reports and policies and processes. This year the system has been expanded to include customer
account information and other correspondence from employee’s personal computers.
In the coming year, the agency will buy video conferencing equipment and provide training in order
to reduce interagency travel. Video conferencing will allow remote training to be conducted from
the new central office facility. This technology will also provide a means for our investment staff to
correspond and conference with various investment and portfolio managers. Additional
information regarding the frequency of use, miles averted and money saved will be compiled via
the green office program and reported in next year’s plan.
This past year, the agency has replaced 45 percent of its remaining computer monitors with flat
panel LCD monitors. To date, a total of 65 percent of the monitors have been replaced. LCDs
have very low radiation emissions and use one-half to two-thirds less energy than standard
monitors. They also generate less heat, thereby reducing the building’s cooling load.
Agency Contact
Mr. William Shupp, 717-787-9657, wshupp@state.pa.us

Pennsylvania State Police
The Pennsylvania State Police was created by an Act of the Legislature which was signed into law by
Governor Samuel W. Pennypacker on May 2,1905. It was the first uniformed police organization of its
kind in the United States. Today, the authorized complement of the Pennsylvania State Police is 4,275
sworn members. In addition, approximately 1,600 civilians serve in a variety of roles throughout the
department. The Pennsylvania State Police has jurisdiction in all political subdivisions in the
Commonwealth. Criminal Investigation and support services occupy approximately 32 percent of the
total on-duty time of the State Police, while the remaining 68 percent is devoted to traffic enforcement
and other traffic safety services.
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This past year the agency has created PSPiNET, which is a communications tool for use by State
Police employees. The in-house resource contains an electronic library, forms library and the
department’s annual training schedule. The site also has links to disperse general announcements,
updates and information. This network expands the department’s paper savings initiative, as previously
issued announcements were circulated in paper form.
The State Police has continued its recycling efforts over the past year, recycling the following:
14 tons of cardboard;
121 tons of office paper and newspaper;
1 ton of fluorescent light tubes;
2 tons of phone books;
8,200 waste tires;
585 waste batteries; and
4,685 gallons of automotive fluids.
Under green procurement, the department has completed a rollout of 3,109 LCD computer monitors.
These leased units have a lower heat output, thereby reducing the cooling requirements. LCD monitors
also use less energy. Leasing the computers makes the vendor responsible for collection and reuse,
consequently eliminating a disposal requirement for the department.
Agency Contact
Robert Grumet, 717-783-5483, rgrumet@state.pa.us

State Public School Building Authority
The State Public School Building Authority issues tax exempt municipal bonds to finance construction,
equipment and renovation projects for Pennsylvania public schools. The Pennsylvania Higher
Educational Facilities Authority issues tax exempt municipal bonds to finance construction, equipment
and renovation projects for Pennsylvania’s private colleges and universities as well as the State System
of Higher Education. A staff of 16 employees in one central location serves both agencies and provides
advice and services for each bond issue. The agency actively supports the Green Office program.
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Operating outside the Department of General Service’s recycling coverage area, the authority has
developed an exemplary employee-driven recycling program. Operating on its own the agency
recycled over 1,000 pounds of white office paper. Employees have also found ways to recycle
telephone books, newspapers, aluminum cans and toner cartridges for printers, fax machines and
copiers, which are returned to the manufacturer for recycling. Staff has been recycling shipping
boxes in its voluntary effort to send food supplies and other necessities to troops overseas.
The agency is continuing to develop web based reporting and data sharing. New initiatives this
year include:
Bond closing documents are scanned into the system so that staff or persons requesting
information on a bond issue can easily access the documents from their computers.
Agency purchasing agents order all supplies and submit service purchase contracts online.
Staff is continually developing forms to replace the paper/carbon forms.
Travel expense vouchers are submitted on-line and e-mailed for approval and leave requests
are submitted by computer.
Rather than send flowers to bereaved family members staff has adopted the practice of planting a
memorial tree on the Capital Area Greenbelt. Family members are invited to attend the planting of
the tree and a memorial placard may be placed if the family wishes.
The agency encourages green plants in the office to improve aesthetics. Foliage has been
increased over the last year and reserve water from coffee pots is used to water plants at the end
of each day.
Agency Contact
Pat Lacasse, 717-975-2205, placasse@spsba.org

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
The primary mission of the State System of Higher Education is the provision of instruction for
undergraduate and graduate students up to and beyond the master’s degree in the liberal arts and
sciences and in the applied fields, including the teaching profession. With an enrollment of more than
101,000 undergraduate and graduate students, the total university campus comprises over 4,497
acres. The system employs more than 12,649 professional and support staff and is the 17
employer in the Commonwealth.
Green Buildings
The State System of Higher Education continues to incorporate green concepts into major capital
efforts, both through renovation and new construction, and considers green concepts in virtually all
facilities-related activities at the campuses.
Green Construction
One of the best examples of the integration of green concepts into all facets of building construction is
the newly completed Henry A. Ahnert Jr. Alumni Center at East Stroudsburg University of
Pennsylvania. The project incorporates innovative technologies such as a geothermal closed loop heat
pump system, an underground storm water detention system, and passive solar devices. Sustainable
materials used include a fast growing hardwood from Australia called Jarrah and recycled materials
such as carpet tile and trim made of sunflower seed husks.
Three new residence halls are under construction at California University. Along with the now generally
expected energy conservation techniques, sensors in these apartments will detect when windows are
open and then disable the heating or cooling operation in that space. The HVAC system will use a
geothermal closed loop system and will be connected to the campus energy management system.
Shippensburg University recently installed a new rubberized turf soccer field, eliminating the need for
both irrigation and mowing. A 50-car parking lot at Stuart Hall has been replaced with green space
including a ground water retention facility. A grassed parking facility with a surface that had become
impermeable has been replaced with permeable asphalt, including sub-grade water retention and
return to the water table.
Energy Management
Direct digital controls and computerized building/energy management systems are the rule now rather
than the exception. These systems allow for much tighter control of space temperatures, more discrete
time of day use monitoring and control and more effective equipment usage so as to avoid consumption
demand charges.
West Chester University is in the midst of a major energy management system upgrade, which
involves new control networking concepts to individual building systems and new control
methodology utilizing the campus LAN.
California University once again leads the State System in managing energy consumption. This
position has been further strengthened with the expansion of the energy management system to
the newly renovated Dixon Hall, as well as its application to the domestic hot water systems,
allowing them to be shut down during times when the buildings they support are unoccupied.

Clarion University has undertaken a number of projects to improve its energy management. It has:
Established a temporary position, which was funded through a local grant program, to monitor
and control power consumption. Using central control devices, optimum operating cycles
have been established, maintained, and adjusted to reduce costly peak power loads. The
program has allowed direct control of energy consumption on major equipment items through
nearly 65 percent of the university’s total gross square footage.
Developed a standardized, streamlined process for collecting, analyzing, and accurately
reporting consumption information on all utilities. It identifies where investments can achieve
energy savings and utility cost reductions, while simultaneously reducing the use of fossil
Completed the second phase of a project to upgrade and renovate the HVAC systems within
Still Hall, a 58,000-square-foot office and classroom building. This project consisted of
installing steam absorption chiller equipment, which reduces the university’s dependence on
CFC-based refrigerants.
Awarded a contract to equip the university’s Memorial Stadium with field lighting that would
use green power exclusively by September 2003. It will increase green power consumption
by three to five percent, depending on seasonal activities scheduled at the facility.
Green Building Renovations
The State System is undertaking a wide range of energy saving projects throughout its campuses.
Kutztown University will replace its existing coal-fired plant with a new gas-fired one, which will
reduce emissions significantly and open the center of campus for other development. The
university has also hired a full-time Direct Digital Control Technician to optimize the use of their
building management system and to upgrade and maintain the function of their remote control
Indiana University has completed construction of its central chiller plant. It is operating so well that
the university is seeking further expansion to another group of facilities. It is also extending the
service provided by its co-generation plant to facilities beyond the main campus.
California University is accomplishing chiller replacement with in-house staff in the Manderino
Library, saving over $30,000 in installation costs, as well as providing long-term operating
efficiencies, particularly when paired with the concurrent contract replacement of the building’s
rooftop cooling tower.
Bloomsburg and Mansfield Universities are installing computerized boiler controls in their central
heating plants to allow for more efficient operation of the boiler units, saving energy and reducing
air emissions. Significant portions of the steam distribution and condensate return systems were
replaced at Mansfield.
Shippensburg University’s recently completed capital renovation of Franklin Hall included the
installation of “low e” windows and the looping of its chiller system with the mechanical plant in an
adjacent building. As several buildings are now served by a common loop, the chiller suite can be
run with only the number and correct mix of chillers necessary to meet demand.
An eight-building dormitory renovation project is underway at Mansfield University. This project will
occur over a five-year period and will include complete replacement of mechanical and plumbing
systems, including installation of water saver fixtures throughout the 1,650-student campus.

Inefficient, electrically powered heating systems are being replaced with natural gas fired systems
in an ongoing, six-structure residence hall renovation program at Millersville University. A tin-
roofed electrical substation has been “planted” with a new grass roof in an attempt to reduce heat
absorption and increase operating efficiency. The plant bed is made up of recycled tire material,
which costs about 25 percent more than normal roofing material. However, it does result in an
increased roof life of almost 100 percent and increases energy savings due to the cooler operating
Contracts are currently in place to replace old fluorescent tubes with more energy efficient T-8
lamps at Clarion, Cheyney, California, Lock Haven, Kutztown, and West Chester Universities.
Green Curriculum
Slippery Rock University continues with its highly successful Pennsylvania Center for Environmental
Education, which offers a master’s degree in Sustainable Systems. One of the earliest environmental
education programs originated at Slippery Rock University, the program continues to be the only
undergraduate program in environmental education in the Commonwealth. Their Harmony Homestead,
located on the Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research, is
expected to install an experimental sewer system consisting of a leach field with overflow basins that
are planted with wetland material and foster the purification process through natural mechanisms.
Slippery Rock University is also responsible for the operation of the McKeever Environmental Center,
which is dedicated to the specific mission of providing environmental education to the citizens of the
West Chester University acquired a house off campus and is turning it into a Sustainability Center or
Student Environmental Residence, which will be occupied by four students who will test a variety of
sustainability guidelines in a residential context. Also, the university established an Environmental
Council website to chronicle its activities in this area, which can be accessed at
Green Office
Working with the Erie Pollution Prevention Committee and with the Department of
Environmental Protection, Edinboro University assisted in holding a one-day electronics recycling
event. Answering machines, camcorders, cell phones, copiers, personal computers, radios,
televisions, and virtually anything with a transistor or memory chip were collected and appropriately
recycled through the Erie County Recycling program.
Kutztown University is supporting the efforts of a student-administered sneaker recycling effort with
an annual goal of 10,000 pairs. They have currently handled in excess of 3,000 pairs.
Bloomsburg and Mansfield Universities are working with their newly established environmental
officers and trash haulers to increase the scope and effectiveness of their programs well beyond
their inventories of previously recycled materials.
California University has expanded its recycling program beyond paper, cardboard, plastic
containers and aluminum containers to also include glass and toner/inkjet cartridges. Electronics
recycling efforts have also been implemented and have resulted in 45,555 pounds of recycled
computers to date.
Millersville University has increased its recycling efforts seventeen percent in the last year and was
bestowed an Honorable Mention by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in
its recent “Rush To Recycle” contest.

Hazardous Waste Management.
Millersville University has instituted a mercury minimization
program in its chemistry labs. The successful program was accomplished by rewriting procedures
and establishing a rigorous disposal discipline and has reduced this particular waste stream to less
than three percent of its previous volume.
Mansfield University recently established a formal environmental and safety position to work with
facilities under the guidance of Public Safety.
Cheyney University has eliminated the use of pre-treated lumber in its facilities projects. The
university also is converting exclusively to water-based paint systems, collaborating with the
county government in a composting and recycling program, and following the Commonwealth’s
guidelines in instituting a green purchasing program as defined in the publication,
The Smart
Greening the Campus
Edinboro University has used the anonymous contribution of 200 trees as the basis for establishing an
arboretum on campus.
Cheyney, East Stroudsburg, Millersville, West Chester, Slippery Rock, and Indiana Universities have
active bicycle police patrols, while Bloomsburg supplements its patrol duties with intermittent bicycle
patrols, all of which are both environmentally and people friendly.
Alternative fuel vehicles are currently being utilized, including a propane fuel pickup truck at West
Chester University and battery operated service carts at Cheyney and East Stroudsburg Universities.
Agency Contact
Scott Lowe, 717-720-4115, slowe@sshechan.edu

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Recognizing its wide range of impacts on the environment, from the land use implications of where it
sites roads to how it controls roadside and airfield weeds, the department has undertaken an equally
wide-ranging set of initiatives to manage these impacts responsibly.
Strategic Environmental Management
A fundamental but highly complex initiative is the department’s development of a strategic
environmental management program, using the International Standard Organization’s 14001
Environmental Management System standard to demonstrate the Department’s commitment to
Environmental Stewardship. This is the first Commonwealth agency to develop an ISO 14001
environmental management system and one of the first transportation departments in the nation to
follow the lead of major industries in doing so.
Engineering District 10, the pilot district, was certified to the ISO 14001 standard by NSF-International
Strategic Registrations, Ltd. an independent third party auditor, in December 2002. In mid 2002, the
department began extending the environmental management program into the maintenance operations
of four other engineering districts, anticipating their conformance to the ISO standard by the end of
calendar year 2003. The remaining six engineering districts will begin work to meet the ISO standard in
July 2003 and expect certification by the end of 2005. After a year of continuous ISO 14001
registration of highway maintenance operations across Pennsylvania, the department will consider
extending certification to highway design and construction functions, as well as its aviation, driver
licensing and mass transit functions.
Strategic environmental management is a process of continuous improvement, and the ISO 14001
standard requires new environmental objectives to be set periodically. The department’s current
emphasis statewide is on improving erosion and sedimentation controls, stockpile management, and
optimizing use of anti-icing, de-icing, and antiskid materials. District 5, based in Allentown and covering
six counties in the east central part of the state, has added wetlands preservation to its ISO program
while District 11, based in Pittsburgh, has added emphasis on air quality in its tunnels. To reflect these
initiatives, training for district employees last year emphasized wetlands, erosion control techniques,
pollution prevention at stockpiles, and calibration and maintenance of salt-spreading equipment.
Pollution Prevention/Energy Efficiency
In 2001, the department developed a pollution prevention and energy efficiency guidance manual
that codifies the process of site evaluation, including facility-specific pollution prevention and
energy efficiency audit checklists and tools for estimating project costs and returns. Training on
the use of the manual was provided to the department’s facility management personnel and District
environmental staff.
Facilities Management, along with Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute, are conducting
energy audits using the pollution prevention and energy efficiency manual criteria. These audits
help develop “guaranteed energy savings projects” with energy savings contractors in the
Recent regulations implementing Pennsylvania’s land recycling law allow certain road materials,
such as asphalt paving and soils, to be recycled instead of being sent to landfills. Last year, the
agency hosted seminars to train employees on proper recycling of these materials.

The department continued incorporating waste tires into bridge structures under its Tarrtown
program, in Engineering District 10 near Kittanning of Armstrong County. The use of compacted
tire shreds as lightweight embankment material in two bridge approaches is a joint project between
the PENNDOT and the Department of Environmental Protection. Approximately 750,000 scrap
tires, from DEP identified waste tire remediation sites, are being shredded and used for lightweight
fill materials. To supplement the amount of tires needed for the project, District 10 has held two
“tire amnesty days” where citizens brought old tires to a central location, turned them in and
avoided paying the state’s tire recycling fee.
Compacted tire shreds weigh approximately 50 pounds per cubic foot, compared with typical
lightweight geotechnical fill materials, such as expanded shale or geofoam. The use of tires
reduces the overburden stress of the embankment by about 1,100 pounds per square foot, based
on maximum cross section of the bridge. Reductions of 30 percent to 60 percent in lateral earth
pressures at the abutments will also occur, allowing for more continuous construction, greater
factors of safety, and shorter construction timelines in comparison to the use of natural fill
Green Facilities
The department has undertaken a range of activities to reduce the environmental impacts of its
facilities, including:
• Incorporating the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED
rating system into all its new building
design. The department is looking at a silver rating for new structures.
• Building its new Elk County Maintenance Facility to achieve a Silver LEED
• Incorporating environmentally responsible planning and construction requirements into its extensive
renovation of District 8-0 offices, which began in early 2003. HVAC and lighting systems will be
energy efficient and will use T-8, mercury free, low-wattage fluorescent light bulbs. New windows
will replace old single pane steel frame windows and have glazing designed to conserve energy by
reflecting sunlight in the summer and retaining heat in the winter.
• Following the department’s policy for “all winter materials under roof,” which dictates that no road
de-icing materials can be stored where the elements can reach them. This prevents storm water
and snowmelt runoff from storage sites from becoming contaminated with salt that would degrade
nearby property, streams, or groundwater. To that end, almost $18 million has been spent on these
improvements, with $3.7 million spent last year on 63 stockpile sites. Drainage and pavement
improvements to stockpile sites accounted for another $418,000 in capital expenditures, 30 percent
of which occurred in FY02-03.
• Investing in environmentally responsible improvements to stockpile facilities, including drainage
ponds, improved and additional secondary containment for storage tanks, and paved surfaces to
control storm water runoff while developing a storm water recycling system for salt brine generation
that will save water and prevent losses from stockpiles.
• Purchasing renewable energy as part of the Commonwealth’s green energy program, using
language and mechanisms in DGS purchasing contracts.
Agency Contacts:
Ken Thornton, SEM Program, 717-783-3616, kethornton@state.pa.us.
Marc Neville, SEM Program, 717-772-2564, mneville@state.pa.us
Todd Garrison, Facilities Management, 717-787-7002, tgarrison@state.pa.us

Treasury Department
The Treasury Department receives, manages and disburses all Commonwealth funds. This includes
$6.9 billion in equity and fixed-income in short and long term investments for Commonwealth agencies
and $1.3 billion in short and long-term investments for local governments and school boards. The
department is headquartered in the Finance Building of the Capitol Complex, located in Harrisburg. It
also maintains regional offices in five additional cities. The department is primarily a paper managing
office, which relies heavily on the Green Office Program to manage its sustainability programs.
Green Office
The department has maintained its strong commitment to its ongoing recycling program. Bins are
prominently and conveniently placed in each office for the deposit of cans and bottles, newspaper,
and office paper. Pick-up is done daily. Toner cartridges are returned to the manufacturer in
return for replacements.
Treasury employees routinely conduct daily business via e-mail, arranging meetings, relaying
messages, and transmitting documents. For example, the Treasury Account quarterly newsletter
is transmitted via e-mail to graphics for in-house publication, including photographs taken with a
digital camera. All department-wide notifications are relayed via e-mail. For example, the
Treasury Employee Recreation Association transmits frequent information on events and
charitable fundraisers to all employees via e-mail. Each such department-wide transmittal saves
slightly over a ream of paper. These practices have sharply reduced both paper use and time
spent on the telephone.
The general public has access to various Treasury programs via the Internet, including the Bureau
of Unclaimed Property’s reporting booklet (which includes numerous forms and instructions for
downloading), the annual INVEST report, and the Tuition Account Program enrollment form.
The department’s Bureau of Unclaimed Property uses eBay to auction appropriate unclaimed
property within its possession. Photos of the items are taken with a digital camera and transmitted
to eBay electronically for inclusion on its site. The use of eBay as a vehicle for sales of unclaimed
property also has precluded the preparation of paper lists for at-site auctions, which would have
consumed reams of paper for printing of catalogues.
The department has reduced gasoline purchases and auto emissions by encouraging employees
to share department vehicles for travel to and from satellite offices for various meetings.
Agency Contact
John N. Badovinac, 717-787-2465, johnb@tre.state.pa.us

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission operates a 530-mile toll road, which is one of the major East-
West routes across Pennsylvania. Included in the system are North-South segments linking
Philadelphia and Scranton in the East, and the Mon/Fayette Expressway in the West, which is currently
under construction. The commission employs approximately 2,300 employees, including 1,000 in fare
collection and 800 in roadway maintenance. A major accomplishment has been the implementation of
electronic toll collection within the ticket portion of this highway system.
Sustainable Buildings
The commission received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED
) certification for
the Central Administration Building project, which included energy conservation measures, passive
lighting technology, environmentally sensitive design and recycled materials. The commission has also
begun to purchase power from wind-powered generators in Somerset County, thus increasing the use
of a sustainable energy source.
Electronic Toll Collection
A major accomplishment has been the implementation of electronic toll collection for passenger and
commercial vehicles across the system. Approximately 250 vehicles can be processed in one hour
with the ticket system, while approximately 1,000 vehicles can be processed with electronic toll
collection. The electronic toll collection method reduces the idling time of vehicles at the toll plazas,
thus reducing vehicle emissions.
Alternative Fuels
Since 1993, the commission has been actively involved in implementing a comprehensive alternative
fuels program. The commission has consistently met and exceeded the requirements of the Clean Air
Act Amendments of 1990 and the Energy Policy Act of 1992. Highlights of the program include:
The Pennsylvania Turnpike commission purchased a total of 107 vehicles capable of using
Ethanol E85. The fleet includes 93 Ford Taurus cars, six Ford sport utility vehicles and eight
Chevrolet pick-up trucks that are flex-fuel. When Ethanol E85 is available in the state (possibly in
2004) and economically feasible, the commission plans to use the fuel in several vehicles.
The commission has purchased 66 propane-powered vehicles, 47 are bi-fuel (propane/gasoline)
pick-up and utility trucks and 19 are medium-duty, dedicated propane vehicles. In addition, the
commission has installed propane stations at 14 maintenance facilities. Where practical, the
commission will continue to purchase propane-powered light and medium-duty vehicles. The
commission anticipates purchasing an additional three to six vehicles in this fiscal year.
A leader in the use of bio-diesel, in 2001 the commission implemented the conversion of all three
maintenance facilities to bio-diesel for its entire diesel fleet (104 vehicles) which services the
Philadelphia region. Since then, the commission has converted seven additional sites to bio-
diesel, which contain approximately 210 vehicles operating on bio-diesel. The system uses a
blend of 20 percent soybean oil and 80 percent diesel fuel, which reduces hydrocarbon, particulate
matter, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide emissions.

The commission continues to recycle a variety of materials. The following are annual estimates of
those materials:
1.3 tons of cardboard;
21 tons of office paper;
120 tons of toll tickets;
21,000 gallons of waste oils;
9,900 gallons of waste oil filters; and
1,900 gallons of antifreeze.
In addition, the commission recycles tires, rubber byproducts and metals from highway clean up;
fluorescent lights from tunnel re-lamping; and used batteries, fleet tires, and guide rail. The
commission will continue this recycling program and will begin recycling used pesticide and herbicide
Agency Contact
Dave Willis, (717) 939-9551, dwillis@paturnpike.com

Green Council Members
Ms. Margaret Casper
Administration, Office of
Mr. William Johnston-Walsh
Aging, Department of
Mr. Russell Redding
Agriculture, Department of
Mr. Tyrone Ditzler
Attorney General, Office of
Mr. James Darby
Auditor General, Department of
Mr. Anthony Wagner
Budget, Office of the
Mr. Edward Plank
Civil Service Commission
Ms. Connie Rode
Claims, Board of
Mr. Carl Anderson
Commission on Crime and Delinquency
Mr. Norm Bergel
Community and Economic Development,
Department of
Mr. Richard Sprenkle
Conservation and Natural Resources,
Department of
Mr. Robert Calik
Corrections, Department of
Dr. Thomas Winters
Education, Department of
Ms. Mimi Myslewicz
Emergency Management Agency,
Mr. William Phillipy
Environmental Hearing Board
Mr. Daniel Desmond
Environmental Protection, Department of
Mr. Thomas Ford
Fish and Boat Commission, Pennsylvania
Mr. Gregory Grabowicz
Game Commission, Pennsylvania
Mr. Don Santostefano
General Services, Department of
Mr. Michael Ball
Health, Department of
Ms. Flossie Wolf
Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment
Ms. Deborah Zlogar
Housing Finance Agency, Pennsylvania
Ms. Elizabeth Zeisloft
Human Relations Commission,
Ms. Kristine Shomper
Independent Regulatory Review Commission
Ms. Elaine Keisling
Infrastructure Investment Authority
Ms. Nan Davenport
Inspector General, Office of

Mr. Peter Salvatore
Insurance, Department of
Mr. John Thomas
Labor and Industry, Department of
Mr. Norman Bristol-Colon
Governor’s Advisory Council on Latino Affairs
Mr. Darryl Stackhouse
Liquor Control Board, Pennsylvania
BG Jessica Wright
Military and Veterans Affairs, Department of
Ms. Cynthia Davis
Municipal Retirement System, Pennsylvania
Mr. David Dambly
Philadelphia Regional Port Authority
Mr. Michael Neumyer
Probation and Parole, Board of
Mr. Arthur Granito
Public School Employee’s Retirement System
Ms. Susan Shumaker
Public Television Network Commission
Mr. Calvin Birge
Public Utility Commission
Mr. Michael Stauffer
Public Welfare, Department of
Mr. Kevin Casey
Public Welfare, Department of
Ms. Joan Erney
Public Welfare, Department of
Mr. Wayne Stevenson
Public Welfare, Department of
Ms. Kathy Yorkievitz
Public Welfare, Department of
Mr. Barry Drew
Revenue, Department of
Mr. William Sturges
Rural Development Council
Mr. Simon Dengel
Securities Commission
Mr. William Shupp
State Employee’s Retirement System
Mr. Robert Grumet
Pennsylvania State Police
Mr. William Bostic
State Public School Building Authority
Mr. Steven Dupes
State System of Higher Education
Mr. Michael Aumiller
State, Department of
Mr. Ken Thornton
Transportation, Department of
Mr. John Badovinac
Treasury, Department of
Mr. Alexander Jansen
Turnpike Commission, Pennsylvania

Green Team Leaders
Ms. Jodi Dorman
Administration, Office of
Mr. Ronald Allen
Aging, Department of
Ms. Dorothy Derr
Agriculture, Department of
Mr. Tyrone Ditzler
Attorney General, Office of
Mr. Mark Lavelle
Auditor General, Department of
Mr. James Chichi
Budget, Office of the
Mr. Edward Plank
Civil Service Commission
Mr. Jonathan Spreha
Claims, Board of
Ms. Brenda Hartzell
Commission on Crime and Delinquency
Mr. Norm Bergel
Community and Economic Development,
Department of
Mr. Eugene Comoss
Conservation and Natural Resources,
Department of
Mr. Robert Calik
Corrections, Department of
Mr. Anthony Kerchusky
Education, Department of
Mr. Mitch Akers
Education, Department of
Mr. Eric Chubb
Education, Department of
Ms. Mimi Myslewicz
Emergency Management Agency,
Ms. Kathi Graeff
Environmental Hearing Board
Mr. Patrick McDonnell
Environmental Protection, Department of
Mr. John Arway
Fish and Boat Commission, Pennsylvania
Mr. Michael Stover
Game Commission, Pennsylvania
Mr. John Rarig
General Services, Department of
Ms. Deborah Blackburn
Health, Department of
Ms. Flossie Wolf
Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment
Ms. Deborah Zlogar
Housing Finance Agency, Pennsylvania
Ms. Kelly Radcliffe
Human Relations Commission, Pennsylvania
Ms. Kristine Shomper
Independent Regulatory Review Commission

Ms. Elaine Keisling
Infrastructure Investment Authority
Ms. Nan Davenport
Inspector General, Office of
Mr. Peter Salvatore
Insurance, Department of
Mr. Thomas Fisher
Labor and Industry, Department of
Ms. Gladys Gonzalez
Governor’s Advisory Council on Latino Affairs
Mr. Michael Roteman
Liquor Control Board, Pennsylvania
Mr. Carl Magagna
Military and Veterans Affairs, Department of
Mr. Clifford Ackman
Milk Marketing Board
Ms. Cynthia Davis
Municipal Retirement System, Pennsylvania
Mr. David Dambly
Philadelphia Regional Port Authority
Mr. Michael Neumyer
Probation and Parole, Board of
Mr. James Noone
Public School Employee’s Retirement System
Ms. Lorraine McCorkel
Public Television Network Commission
Mr. Calvin Birge
Public Utility Commission
Mr. Michael Breen
Public Welfare, Department of
Mr. Peter Mengak
Public Welfare, Department of
Mr. Barry Drew
Revenue, Department of
Ms. Joyce Hockenberry
Rural Development Council
Mr. Simon Dengel
Securities Commission
Mr. William Truong
State Employee’s Retirement System
Mr. Robert Grumet
Pennsylvania State Police
Ms. Patricia Lacasse
State Public School Building Authority
Mr. Scott Lowe
State System of Higher Education
Ms. Diane Good
State, Department of
Mr. Marc Neville
Transportation, Department of
Mr. Michael Dillon
Treasury, Department of

Mr. David Willis
Turnpike Commission, Pennsylvania

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
WHEREAS, the Constitution of the Commonwealth declares that the people of the
Commonwealth have the right to clean air, pure water, and the preservation of
the natural, scenic, historic, and aesthetic values of the environment; that
Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all the
people, including generations yet to come; and that the Commonwealth, as
trustee of these resources, shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all
the people (
Pa. Const. Art. I, § 27
WHEREAS, Pennsylvania's economy, health and safety, and quality of life of its citizens are
dependent on the careful stewardship of resources, a healthy economy and the
development of technologies to enable economic growth while improving the
Commonwealth's environment; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth has long recognized its own responsibility for cleaning up
Pennsylvania's environment, specifically under
Executive Order 1973-9,
Environmental Protection by State Agencies,
which addresses compliance by all
agencies with environmental laws and regulations and minimizing pollution in
building design and construction, and
Executive Order 1980-3, Life Cycle
which requires agencies to use life cycle costing for building
construction and major equipment acquisition; and
WHEREAS, in January 1996, Pennsylvania established the Office of Pollution Prevention and
Compliance Assistance within the Department of Environmental Protection to
spearhead efforts to assist Pennsylvania's businesses and industries to achieve
economic savings while improving environmental quality; and
WHEREAS, Commonwealth agencies can demonstrate their commitment to improving the
environment by using Strategic Environmental Management to realize economic
savings and environmental enhancement; and
WHEREAS, with the approach of the twenty-first century, the Commonwealth's government
needs to join Pennsylvania business and industry in shifting its environmental
expectations beyond compliance toward the goal of zero emissions achieved
through pollution prevention and energy efficiency; and
WHEREAS, Commonwealth agencies, through their management practices, can have
quantifiable, positive environmental, and economic impacts;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Thomas J. Ridge, Governor of the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution of the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania and other laws, do hereby establish the
Governor's Green Government
(hereinafter referred to as "Council").

1. Purpose of the Council.
The purpose of the Council is to, cooperatively across
agency jurisdictions, facilitate the incorporation of environmentally sustainable practices,
including Strategic Environmental Management, into Commonwealth government's planning,
operations, and policymaking and regulatory functions, and to strive for continuous improvement
in environmental performance with the goal of zero emissions. Strategic Environmental
Management includes an environmental management system with a strong pollution prevention
and energy efficiency program, effective community involvement, measurable economic and
environmental performance goals, environmental accounting, and life cycle analysis.
2. Responsibilities of the Council.
The Council is responsible for providing advice and assistance in the preparation
and review of agency Green Plans and the implementation of initiatives undertaken to fulfill
these plans.
The Council is responsible for providing advice and assistance in prioritizing
initiatives undertaken to incorporate environmentally sustainable practices into Commonwealth
government's planning, operations, policymaking, and regulatory functions and to strive for
continuous improvement in environmental performance with the goal of zero emissions.
3. Composition of the Council.
The Council shall consist of the following members,
each of whom shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor:
The Secretaries of the Departments of Environmental Protection and General
Services, who shall chair the Council jointly.
Such other individuals as the Governor shall appoint.
Independent agencies shall be invited and encouraged to participate fully in the
Council's efforts to foster the incorporation of environmentally sustainable practices throughout
Commonwealth government.
4. Responsibilities of Commonwealth Agencies.
Each executive agency, and all independent agencies participating voluntarily in this
initiative, shall develop an annual plan, to be known as a Green Plan, outlining the actions the
agency will take in the coming year to incorporate environmentally sustainable practices into its
planning, operations, policymaking, and regulatory functions and to strive for continuous
improvement in environmental performance with the goal of zero emissions. The Green Plan will
also include the measures to be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the agency's actions. To
facilitate their incorporation into the annual budget process, these plans shall be submitted to
the Council for advice and assistance on or before June 1 of each year.
Each agency shall assign a deputy secretary or individual in an equivalent position
to be responsible to the agency head for overseeing agency activity directed toward
incorporating environmentally sustainable practices into the agency's management and
Each agency shall identify a Green Team Leader responsible for assuring the
development and implementation of the agency's activities to incorporate environmentally
sustainable practices into their management and operations and assign resources, as
necessary, to support them.
Initially, participating Commonwealth agencies shall focus on planning and
operations, particularly energy efficiency, including building design and management,
procurement of environmentally friendly commodities and services, vehicle purchases and
management, and recycling.

All agencies under the Governor's jurisdiction shall cooperate fully with the Council
and provide staff assistance and information as needed for the Council to carry out its functions
Responsibility of the Department of Environmental Protection.
The Department
of Environmental Protection shall assemble the individual agencies' Green Plans and submit
them, together with an executive summary, including a progress report, to the Governor on or
before September 1 of each year.
Cooperation with other Commonwealth entities.
The Council shall cooperate
with other Commonwealth entities, including but not limited to, the 21st Century Environment
Commission; the Privatize, Retain, Innovate, Modify and Eliminate Initiative (PRIME); and the
Governor's Market Development Task Force for Recycled Materials. The Council shall use
information from these entities in developing the Commonwealth's Green Plan and shall, in turn,
them with information.
Environmental Compliance.
All Commonwealth agencies shall ensure that their
government facilities and activities comply with all applicable federal and Commonwealth
environmental laws and regulations. Source reduction and resource efficiency, including energy
efficiency, shall, where feasible, be used to achieve compliance.
Each agency shall provide sufficient funds to develop and implement its
Green Plan.
Effective Date.
This order shall take effect immediately.
10. Termination Date.
This order shall remain in effect unless revised or rescinded by
the Governor.

For more information, please visit the PA PowerPort at www.state.pa.us,
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