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March 31, 2009

 

DiNapoli Releases Green Initiative Report

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released his 2009 Green Initiative Annual Report, which highlights the Office of State Comptroller’s (OSC) commitment to green investments, sustainability practices and audits that showcase what local governments and state agencies can do to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy costs on behalf of the taxpayer.

“As we all know, New York faces significant economic challenges,” DiNapoli said. “OSC’s Green Initiative and the experiences of businesses and governments around the world demonstrate that efforts to operate on a more efficient and sustainable basis can produce a double bottom line that will help our environment and our economy. Going green is good business.”

"Comptroller DiNapoli's Green Initiative is an important tool needed to address environmental and economic issues,” said Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment. “His office is not only helping others make serious progress in understanding and addressing these issues but is also leading by example making significant real-world changes internally in his office and externally in how he manages the state’s investments,

"Environmental Advocates of New York commends Comptroller DiNapoli for encouraging companies to adopt responsible policy with regard global warming," said David Gahl, Policy Director, Environmental Advocates of New York. "Actions like this, as well as other aspects of the Comptroller's Green Initiative, are likely to reduce the threat of climate change."

Among the report’s highlights:

  • DiNapoli’s launch of the Green Strategic Investment Program, which commits $500 million in state pension funding for clean technology investments in firms such as Climax Manufacturing in Lowville, which manufactures goods from recycled materials;
  • OSC is conducting a series of audits that address state agency compliance with environmental laws, regulations or executive orders;
  • OSC has examined state compliance with executive orders on Recycling, Environmental Protection Fund Grants and the Heavy Duty Vehicle Exhaust Emission Testing Program. OSC’s recent audit of state policy on oil and gas leases on public lands helped to identify strengths and weaknesses in the state’s oversight of oil and gas leasing practices;
  • The agency is also completing an audit of Environmental Protection Fund implementation, and reviewing local government performance on environmental measures that save taxpayer money;
  • OSC has conducted several green audits and reports, including those on school district green cleaning product compliance, the municipal installation of solar panels and a municipal green energy best practices report; and
  • DiNapoli is seeking Gold LEED certification for OSC’s main building in Albany, and he established measures to reduce energy consumption, use renewable energy, and cut the use of natural resources. Already, OSC has reduced CO2 emissions by 650 tons and paper use by 18 percent.

DiNapoli issued Executive Order on Energy and the Environment in September 2007 establishing the Green Initiative for OSC. The order directs OSC to operate in an environmentally sustainable manner and incorporate long range environmental planning in daily agency operations. In addition, the order directs OSC to use its knowledge to assist state agencies and local governments to operate in an environmentally sustainable manner. Click here for a copy of the Green Initiative Annual Report.


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