A Brief History of
Sustainability in State Government
- North Carolina government has incorporated sustainability in its operations since 1993, when Gov. Jim Hunt signed Executive Order No. 8, which directed state agencies to reduce solid waste, recycle and purchase recycled products. The state legislature followed later with similar requirements as part of General Statute 143-58.2 (a).
- In April 1999, the N.C. Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance worked with the governor’s office to develop a state government environmental sustainability plan. Thirteen state agencies, including the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, developed their own sustainability plans the same year.
- In July 1999, Gov. Hunt signed Executive Order No. 156, which directed state agencies to implement sustainable practices as part of normal operations, including recycling, minimizing environmental impacts in agency activities, procuring goods and services that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment and encouraging and promoting energy conservation. The state legislature followed with similar requirements in N.C. General Statute 130A-309.14.
- In 1999, Session Law 328 (Senate Bill 953) set goals for the purchase of alternative-fuel and low-emission vehicles for state fleets, and for reduction of commuting vehicle miles traveled by state employees.N.C. General Statute 143-64:10-12, enacted in 2001, requires state agencies and universities to develop energy management plans and reduce energy consumption 20 percent by 2010 and 30 percent by 2015, using fiscal year 2003/2004 as the base year. The utility savings initiative program was established by the State Energy Office to assist state agencies in meeting these goals.
- In 2005, Session Law 276 (Senate Bill 622) required state-owned vehicle fleets to reduce or displace 20 percent of petroleum products by 2010.
- In 2007, Session Law 546 (Senate Bill 668) required all new state-owned buildings to be constructed and certified to at least 30 percent greater energy efficiency than theAmerican Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers’ standard.
- In 2007, Session Law 546 (Senate Bill 668) also required state purchasing practices to improve by considering energy efficiency and considering life-cycle costs of products and equipment purchased by state agencies. (N.C. General Statute 143-135.9)
State Sustainability Resources
Water Saving Resources and Assistance
Energy Savings Resources and Assistance