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Senate Environment Committee Advances Greenstein Bill to Create Office of Sustainability

TRENTON – The Senate Environment and Energy Committee advanced legislation sponsored by its Vice-Chair, Senator Linda Greenstein, which would establish the Office of Sustainability in the Department of the Treasury, which would be responsible for developing and implementing environmental sustainability measures in all State buildings.

“In 2019, we set out to achieve 100% clean energy by 2050. The creation of this office within the Department of the Treasury will help to streamline existing sustainability efforts and make State buildings as efficient as possible,” said Senator Greenstein (D-Mercer/Middlesex). “This is just the first step of many in ensuring that we meet our energy goals. It is important for the State to set a strong example through its own operations in the years to come.”

The office established by the bill would develop and implement initiatives to improve energy efficiency, increase water conservation, and reduce carbon footprints. Additionally, it would oversee standardized energy audits at least once every three years at all State buildings, and oversee the implementation of the recommendations contained in those audits, as well as coordinate with the Division of Purchase and Property for the procurement by every State agency of various energy efficient and environmentally sustainable products.

The bill was advanced in a 3-1 vote.