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GreenGov Council​


The GreenGov Council – co-chaired by the Secretaries of the departments of General Services, Environmental Protection, and Conservation and Natural Resources – encourages the incorporation of environmentally sustainable practices into the Commonwealth's policy, planning, operations, procurement, and regulatory functions.

The Council will work with state agencies to promote best practices, continuous improvement and success in achieving the energy efficiency and performance goals established in Executive Order 2019-01.  

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Commonwealth’s Lead by Example Goals
Governor Wolf established a goal for Pennsylvania to strive to achieve a 26% reduction of net greenhouse gas emissions statewide by 2025, and an 80% reduction of net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 (from 2005 levels).  

The GreenGov Council will work with state agencies to:  

  • Reduce overall energy consumption by 3-percent per year by 2025 (from 2017 levels);  
  • Replace 25-percent of the state passenger fleet with Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) by 2025, and evaluate opportunities to reduce vehicle miles traveled;  
  • Procure renewable energy to offset at least 40-percent of the commonwealth's annual electricity, and/or directly purchase renewable power generation sited within PA;  
  • Build any new buildings, major renovations, build to suit leased buildings to high-performance building standards.

Commonwealth Delivering Results

 The GreenGov Council has published its 2019 GreenGov Annual Report (available to download here.) The report is intended to provide an annual benchmark of the commonwealth's lead-by-example goals, summarize achievements to date, and provide recommendations to commonwealth agencies for 2020 and beyond. 

As detailed in the 2019 GreenGov Annual Report, the commonwealth has made some early progress on the Executive Order in 2019. Highlights include:

  • The Commonwealth's utility benchmarking initiative demonstrated a 2.9-percent reduction in energy consumption from fiscal year 17/18 to 18/19, just short of the 3-percent per year energy reduction goal established in the Executive Order. This 2.9-percent energy savings represents over $1 million in utility cost savings during fiscal year 18/19. A large contributing factor for the energy reduction is attributed to agency participation in projects through the Guaranteed Energy Savings Act or GESA program. DGS's Bureau of Procurement, Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute (PSFEI), and EnergyCAP staff analyzed 8,415-commonwealth paid energy utility meters. From this analysis, 5,170 (61-percent) of energy meters met data quality standards for the 2019 reporting, as shown below.

  • The commonwealth has established a goal of 990 passenger electric vehicles (EVs) by 2025. DGS Bureau of Vehicle Management, PennDOT's Bureau of Maintenance and Operations, and the PA Turnpike Commission collaborated to develop a consistent definition for "passenger" vehicle for the purposes of reporting progress on the Executive Order. Data sets were aligned for consistent fleet benchmarking and reporting year-over-year as detailed below. As of November 2019, the commonwealth had 53 EVs in the fleet.

  • The commonwealth procured 308,978 MWhs of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) for 2019, offsetting 40-percent of the commonwealth's total electricity load for the year. This purchase ranks the commonwealth #35 on the U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership National Top 100 list. The Green-e certified RECs are derived from nationwide certified renewable energy sources. According to the EPA's Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, the commonwealth's purchase leads to an annual offset of approximately 218,494 metric tons of carbon dioxide or the emission equivalent of the electricity use of roughly 26,164 average homes for a year.

  • Twelve new buildings or major renovations projects are incorporating the Executive Order's high-performance building criteria into design and construction. The DGS Public Works Bureau of Pre-Construction and DCNR's Bureau of Facility Design and Construction have authority to construct new facilities for the commonwealth. In addition, the DGS Bureau of Real Estate oversees the management of commonwealth facility leases and lease renewals. These bureaus each have committed to pursue the Executive Order's high-performance standards, by incorporating the standards into contract provisions. The table below shows the list of high-performance building projects underway.