Wisconsin Governor Signs 'Green Buildings' Executive Order

On April 11, 2006, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle signed an executive order requiring all state government buildings to conform to “green building” standards. The order, which applies to both existing buildings and future construction, directs the WI Department of Administration to establish standards based on the U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification. LEED emphasizes state-of-the-art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. Over the next few years, the state will determine how best to meet these standards in all of the state government buildings. Through the implementation of these standards, the state expects to reduce its energy bill up to 30 percent. This executive order also requires that overall energy usage in state government buildings be reduced by 10 percent by 2008 and 20 percent by 2010.

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