In recent years, California’s role as sustainability leader has become increasingly important on both national and international levels. No state can match California’s combination of economic strength, technology innovation and public support for environmental stewardship.
As part of setting the pace for green programs around the country and the world, the state aims to lead by example through its own operations.
The California Department of General services coordinates implementation of sustainability programs that encompass facility management and design, purchasing and transportation. Through this work, it is also helping to identify best practices and effective technology implementation that can serve as models for others in the public and private sectors.
The Sustainable Facilities Forum, coming to the Sacramento Convention Center on May 15, will highlight the goals DGS has set, as well as strategies for achieving them through keynote presentations, education sessions and displays featuring innovative products and services.
The forum will provide a unique opportunity for companies to engage with the professionals who design and manage facility programs for state and local government, including those from schools and the design sector.
DGS goals, outlined in detail in its 2018-2019 Sustainability Roadmap, include:
- Requiring all new buildings constructed to exceed energy efficiency requirements by more than 15 percent, with a goal of Zero Net Energy Certification.
- Increasing the implementation of demand response programs in DGS buildings.
- Achieving a target of 45 percent on- and off-site renewable power for DGS facilities by 2020.
- A 20 percent reduction in water use by 2020.
- Bringing large landscape water budgets into alignment with the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO).
- Increasing integration of zero-emission vehicles in the state fleet, with a procurement target of 50 percent of light-duty vehicles by 2025.
- The installation of nearly 1,000 Level 1 and Level 2 chargers to serve fleet vehicles.
- Ensuring that environmentally-preferable products are purchased in categories including paint, IT goods, janitorial supplies and cleaners, and paper products.
Among the most exciting projects currently underway are the construction of two new facilities in Sacramento, the O Street and P Street buildings. Together, these account for more than 1,000,000 sq ft of space that is targeting LEED Platinum certification.
One of the year’s most important opportunities for companies that hope to position themselves in the mainstream of green efforts in California and beyond, this event is open to a limited number of sponsors.
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