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 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.