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Sustainable (Green) Building

Blueprint Tasks: Policy and Process

Below is Action Item 1 and associated tasks from the strategy, Building Better Buildings: A Blueprint for Sustainable State Facilities (Blueprint). The Blueprint contains a ten-point plan to implement the Governor's sustainable building goal. Links to key deliverables are provided, if available.

Action Item 1 Modify the state's capital outlay process to ensure that the Governor's sustainable building goals are met and that appropriate projects are reviewed by the Sustainable Building Task Force. Due Date
Formally establish the Sustainable Building Task Force and Sustainable Building Technical Group, comprised of representatives from state environmental, natural resources, public health, construction, transportation, higher education, and other departments. Assign members relevant responsibilities according to Blueprint recommendations.

February 2002



  • Assign Task Force and Technical Group members specific duties associated with the Blueprint. Identify and coordinate activities with other state Task Forces and Commissions (e.g., the Sustainable Procurement Task Force and the Commission on Infrastructure for the 21st Century).

February 2002



  • Develop and implement process to review and approve specific capital outlay project documents (e.g., RFQs, RFPs, COBCPs, and advertisements).

February 2002


  • Develop an Executive Order that establishes a state facility siting policy, including such factors as proximity to public transportation and affordable housing, mixed use and historic preservation considerations, design options that promote resource efficiency and community interaction. (Governor's Executive Order D-46-01)



Formally establish the Sustainable Building Advisory Council, appointed by the Secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency. This Advisory Council will provide a forum for other public and private entities to discuss sustainable building issues (e.g., at quarterly meetings and/or annual conferences).

April 2002

Semi-annual meetings


Modify the state's capital outlay process to incorporate sustainable building practices into all significant1, and later for all new building construction2, renovation, and appropriate leases3. These projects shall meet the building performance, operation and maintenance standards, guidelines, and specifications developed as part of this Blueprint (see Action Items 3 and 9).

June 2002 significant projects

June 2003
All projects


  • Conduct analysis of the current administrative requirements and structure of the existing capital outlay process. Review other city, state, and federal government models.

Annual updates each November


  • Propose changes to modify the existing capital outlay program's administrative policies and structure.

February 2002



  • Incorporate sustainable building elements into the state's 5-Year Capital Outlay Plan; long range asset planning activities; and the capital outlay budget development process.



  • Modify state administrative manuals, as appropriate.



  1. Significant projects include those over 50,000 square feet or prototype buildings that can be replicated and impact over 50,000 square feet of construction or highly visible buildings that serve an educational purpose. (Back)
  2. Construction refers to building construction activities rather than dams, bridges, roadways, replacement of equipment, or other non-building construction, and includes new buildings, renovations, and construction at leased facilities. (Back)
  3. Appropriate refers to leases where the State has the ability to influence the design and construction of the building, such as build-to-suit leases. (Back)
Last updated: September 4, 2014
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