GGLC Annual Reports

FY 2016 GGLC Annual Report Card

As required by the Greening of State Government Executive Order D 2015-013, the Greening Government Leadership Council (GGLC) is releasing its first annual report card outlining the progress of Colorado’s executive branch agencies toward achieving greening government goals as of June 30, 2016. The State’s ongoing commitment to greening government continues to save taxpayer money, reduce impacts on Colorado’s environment, and improve public health. By achieving the executive order goals, it is estimated that the State can save approximately $4 million annually while positioning Colorado as a national leader.

Progress on Executive Order Goals

Fiscal Year 2016 represents the first year of reporting relative to the FY 2015 baseline established in the executive order. This was a foundational year for the GGLC with efforts focused on establishing baselines, developing tracking and reporting protocols, forming agency green teams, and identifying opportunities for improvement. While the State has not yet achieved the operational objective of tracking all data for State buildings subject to the executive order, EnergyCAP, the State’s utility database, has increased tracked
square footage from 8,702,000 to more than 18,465,000 square feet and increased the number of utility meters tracked by more than 3,500 meters.

The State did not meet the FY 2016 executive order goals except for the goal area of per-vehicle petroleum reduction for exempt vehicles and recycling/waste management. Much greater effort is required to achieve the energy, water, greenhouse gas (GHG), environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) and the remaining petroleum goals. As reflected in the more detailed goal descriptions below, the opportunities and challenges vary by agency. The GGLC will work with State agencies to determine why some agencies are ahead and others behind, and support agencies where needed as they devise strategies to achieve the goals.

As the State works to meet these goals in subsequent years, the GGLC recommends these actions:

  1. Ensure that utility data is entered monthly in EnergyCAP for each agency: Effective utility data management is critical for timely reporting. It also gives agencies the ability to monitor building performance and better identify opportunities to reduce energy use and costs. Developing effective energy reduction strategies requires access to high quality data. Agencies like the Colorado Department of Human Services and the Department of Corrections have saved significant energy and cost by actively managing their utility data using EnergyCAP. Regular use of EnergyCAP continues to be a challenge and should be emphasized by leadership at each agency.

  2. Identify additional subject matter experts/expertise and strategic guidance: Improving efficiency in buildings or transitioning to alternative fuel vehicles requires a level of expertise not always present in State agencies. State agencies should consider funding the expertise necessary to ensure that they have the information needed to make cost-effective investments in the State’s stationary and mobile assets.

  3. Obtain increased commitment from executive leadership at each agency: Executive leadership should become more knowledgeable about the executive order and opportunities available to their agencies to support greening government. Staff should be empowered to take meaningful action in support of the greening government goals. Where possible EDs should ensure that dedicated resources are available to support achievement of goals.
The future focus will be on strategic planning to meet the goals, with an added emphasis on accomplishing specific directives outlined in the executive order. The highest priorities are agency specific strategies, fleet sub-council deliverables, EPP goals and directives, and recycling and waste management goals and metrics. These items must be completed in order for agencies to meet the goals and objectives outlined in the executive order.

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