GGLC Annual Reports
As required by the Greening of State Government Executive Order D 2015-013, the Greening Government Leadership Council (GGLC) is releasing its second annual report card outlining the progress of Colorado’s executive branch agencies toward achieving greening government goals as of June 30, 2017. 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
Progress on Executive Order Goals Fiscal Year 2017 represents the first trend year of reporting relative to FY 2016 and the FY 2015 baseline established in the executive order. Overall, the state only achieved two of the six FY 2017 executive order goals. Now in the third year of this effort (FY 2018), the state must address the challenges identified by the Governor’s Office, GGLC, and state agencies in order to be successful. As reflected in more detail 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 the executive directors 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 priority is to create a Greening Government Toolkit, a menu of opportunities, strategies and tools for agencies to meet goals. Agencies will provide subject matter expertise (CEO, energy and water; DPA, fleet and purchasing; and CDPHE, recycling) to help the GGLC create the Greening Government Toolkit. This toolkit will be presented at a statewide “train the trainer” forum in 2018.
Additionally, the cabinet can ensure their agencies meet the goals established in Executive Order D 2015-013 by taking advantage of the tools and strategies outlined in the Greening Government Toolkit. The Energy and Environment Cabinet Committee will review progress of the tactical and operational outcomes of the greening government goals on a quarterly basis. These items must be completed in order for agencies to meet the goals and objectives outlined in the executive order.