March 2001 - Stating that "state government has a responsibility to maximize our resources and minimize the impact on our environment," Maryland Governor Parris Glendening issued an executive order calling for at least 6% of the electricity consumed by state-owned facilities to be generated from "green" energy sources, such as wind, solar, landfill gas, and other biomass resources. The order specifies that no more than 50% of the power procured to meet the requirement come from municipal solid waste facilities. There are no penalties for agencies that do not comply.
The order also calls for a reduction in energy use in state buildings of 10% per square foot by 2005 and 15% by 2010, and requires all new energy-using products to carry the "Energy Star" label or "be in the top 25% of energy-efficiency when labeled products are unavailable."
News Release - Governor Glendening Signs Executive Order Setting New "Green" Standard - No longer online at www.gov.state.md.us
News Article - Glendening sets 'green' goals - No longer online at sunspot.net
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