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August 31, 2009

DiNapoli Issues Compliance Report on Green Procurement

Report Recaps Green Audits, Recommends Sustainable Best Practices

Most New York state agencies and public authorities are substantially compliant with green purchasing requirements according to an audit survey and report New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released today. But DiNapoli’s audit did identify widespread noncompliance with the use of green cleaning products. The report compiled audits of several environmentally preferred purchasing (EPP) programs, which direct various state agencies and public authorities to purchase and use environmentally friendly products.

“Going green at the state level saves tax dollars,” DiNapoli said. “State agencies are among the largest consumers in New York, so it’s crucial that they reduce their use of environmentally harmful products and purchase instead ecologically friendly products. Our report provides helpful guidelines for meeting these important objectives.”

DiNapoli’s audits checked compliance with executive orders mandating the purchase and use of energy efficient equipment, alternative-fuel vehicles and green cleaning products. Audited entities include the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA), the Office of General Services (OGS), nine school districts and one Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). While state agencies and public authorities largely complied with executive orders to purchase green products, the report identified a need for improved communication of green procurement requirements and a need for strengthened management commitment to these requirements as measures to improve compliance in the use of green cleaning products at various agencies.

The report’s recommendations include:

  • Giving employees designated as sustainability and green procurement coordinators the necessary resources and managerial support to develop compliant programs;
  • Establishing strong and committed leadership on green initiatives from the management at state agencies and public authorities;
  • Improving training materials for green procurement coordinators.

DiNapoli has been a proponent of environmentally responsible policies and investment strategies since taking office in 2007. He recently directed the New York State Common Retirement Fund to allocate $200 million to the FTSE Environmental Technology 50 and the HSBC Global Climate Change Indexes. DiNapoli will also moderate a panel discussion on green investing at the upcoming International Investor Forum on Climate Change on Sept. 16, 2009 in New York City.

Click here to download the full report.



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