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Sustainable (Green) Building

Blueprint Tasks: Progress

Below is Action Item 5 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 5 Develop comprehensive annual reporting requirements to measure progress in implementing the State's sustainable building goal. Due Date


Develop and distribute a Program Reporting Protocol to describe and evaluate criteria for each recommendation in the Blueprint (the Protocol may phase in reportable activities).

February 2002



Establish baseline benchmarks for a representative set of state-owned and leased facilities.

February 2002



Track and report on building performance, including, but not limited to, the items below.

Annual updates each April


  • Track policy and process changes, including the capital outlay program and the design, construction, and leasing processes. Provide examples of documents and specifications that have been modified to incorporate the Executive Order goals and assess the effectiveness of these changes.



  • Track the use of various fiscal, programmatic, and administrative incentives, the number of people trained, types of technical resources produced, the number of partnerships formed, and the use of the Web site.



  • Track the number of buildings that meet sustainable building performance standards, guidelines, specifications, and related state laws and policy objectives. For new buildings, track the associated energy, water, and material savings; reduction in indoor air emissions; and incorporation of other sustainable design features. For leased facilities, track utility bills, leases, and retrofits that incorporate sustainable building practices.



  • Track design, construction, operational, and maintenance costs and savings over a specified time period for a representative set of buildings.



  • Track anecdotal information on non-quantifiable benefits and costs, which may include, but are not be limited to, comfort, environmental justice, transportation, and other societal impacts.


  • Track information on state agency implementation of the Governor's sustainable building goals, particularly the activities of departments with major capital outlay programs.



Submit annual report to the Governor.

Annual updates each July

Last updated: September 4, 2014
Green Building
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