Governor Andrew Cuomo’s vision of a vibrant economy built on innovation, social justice, and the protection of public health and the environment guides New York State’s green purchasing and agency sustainability program.
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35% decrease in paper use by agencies from FY 2011-12 to 15-16, saving the State $19.6 million
78% recycling rate, due to increased recycling of construction and demolition debris by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and Department of Transportation
67 million kWh of energy generated by State agencies through on-site renewable energy installations, enough to power 6,200 homes for one year
The GreenNY Interagency Committee is charged with identifying an annual list of categories and products for which specifications can be developed and issued for greener procurements, the establishment of goals for reductions in the amount of solid waste, and with the development and performance of training relative to sustainability efforts.