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GreenGov & Penn State Sustainability Institute Partner for 4th Webinar Series

The Council and Penn State's Sustainability Institute are co-hosting our fourth monthly webinar series on various sustainability topics. All who are interested in expanding their knowledge and engaging in conversations with experts are invited to participate.

The series topics include:

  • Decent Work & Economic Growth: October 14, 2022;
  • Household Carbon Reduction- Building Sciences Connection: November 10, 2022;
  • Sustainability & Resilience in the Community - Food Systems: January 13, 2023;
  • Water Resources & Resiliency: February 10, 2023;
  • Water Justice, Community Health & Sustainable Communities: March 17, 2023; and
  • Land Management Best Practices for Ecosystem Health and Pollinators: April 14, 2023.

All who are interested are asked to complete this sign-up survey and indicate which presentations they plan to attend. The Council will review the survey and send out Microsoft Teams meeting invitations.  For a link to the full webinar series information, including webinar descriptions and speakers, please click here.

Pennsylvania Nationally Recognized for Excellence in Sustainable Electronics Purchasing For Third Consecutive Year

The Wolf Administration's efforts to take a more holistic approach to energy sustainability have been nationally recognized for the third consecutive year as Pennsylvania was named a recipient of the 2022 Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, or EPEAT, Purchaser Award according to Department of General Services Acting Secretary Joe Lee.  The commonwealth was one of only seven states awarded this year. Over the three-year period for which the commonwealth has been recognized, nearly 127,000 units of sustainable electronics have been purchased with an associated cost savings of nearly $3.9 million. 

The EPEAT Purchaser Award recognizes organizations' commitment to preserving the environment through the purchase of sustainable electronics. To earn the award, Pennsylvania purchased just over 19,000 units of EPEAT "Gold", "Silver", or "Bronze -qualified products during the 2021-2022 Fiscal Year, totaling nearly $14.4 million across four equipment categories: Computers & Displays, Imaging Equipment, Servers, and Mobile Phones. In total, 89 percent of the commonwealth's purchases achieved an EPEAT "Gold" status rating – a 43- percent increase from the prior year.

The energy savings associated with this years nearly $626 thousand in green electronics purchases is enough electricity to power approximately 982 US households for a year, while the carbon footprint reduction is equivalent to annually removing approximately 753 passenger cars from the road. The amount of solid waste eliminated from the environment is the equivalent of the annual waste generation of 122 households.

The EPEAT is a resource administered by the Green Electronics Council where organizations can find or promote electronic products that meet certain environmental performance criteria. The Green Electronics Council maintains the EPEAT website and product registry and recognizes organizations for their purchases of EPEAT-registered products.

Gov. Wolf Announces Largest Government Solar Energy Commitment in the U.S.

50 Percent of State Government Electricity Will Come from Largest Government Solar Commitment in U.S. to Date

Governor Tom Wolf announced Monday, March 22, 2021, a major clean energy initiative that will produce nearly 50 percent of state government's electricity through seven new solar energy arrays totaling 191-megawatts to be built around the state. Part of the governor's GreenGov initiative, Pennsylvania PULSE (Project to Utilize Light and Solar Energy) will go into operation on January 1, 2023. The project is the largest solar commitment by any government in the U.S. announced to date.  

"In issuing the GreenGov challenge, I charged state government with leading by example in demonstrating sustainable governance and lowering greenhouse gas emissions to reduce the risks of climate change in Pennsylvania," Governor Wolf said. "This included significantly reducing energy use and pursuing an ambitious goal of obtaining at least 40 percent of electricity from clean energy generated in state. I commend General Services for their GreenGov leadership in not only meeting this goal but exceeding it".

Solar arrays will be built in seven locations in six counties: Columbia, Juniata, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and York. When completed, the total 191-megawatt project is expected to deliver 361,000 megawatt-hours of electricity per year, supplying 100 percent of electricity for 434 accounts across 16 state agencies, or about half the electricity used by state government. The solar project will create 400-plus jobs and begin lowering carbon dioxide emissions statewide by 157,800 metric tons each year – the equivalent of the emissions from nearly 27,000 homes or taking 34,000 cars off the roads. 

General Services contracted with Constellation, a Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission-licensed electric generation supplier, to secure a 15-year fixed-price supply agreement. Serving as a technical advisor on the purchase, the Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute coordinated an innovative retail approach.

Visit Governor Wolf's newsroom online newsroom for more details. The Pennsylvania PULSE solar project brochure is also available online.