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CA Sustainable Buildings

GREENING STATE BUILDINGS FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE
State departments across California are adopting a green way of thinking about their facility operations. Under the leadership of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., California has undertaken an ambitious effort to green the state’s buildings and save taxpayer dollars in the process.

In 2012, Governor Brown issued a sweeping executive order directing all state agencies, departments, and other state entities to reduce their grid energy use by 20 percent by 2018 (compared to a 2003 baseline). In addition to energy reduction goals, the executive order also called for a reduction of 20 percent of state water use by 2020 (compared to a 2010 baseline). The water use reduction goal is accelerated to 25 percent by the end of 2015 under the state's first-ever statewide mandatory water reductions announced in April.

The files provided here are the data behind the visualizations in the CA Sustainable Buildings website, http://www.greenbuildings.ca.gov/

STATE WATER USE
The most recent data shows that collectively, state departments have already met the 20 percent water use reduction goal set forth in the executive order and are currently working to increase conservation to the levels outlined in the state’s first-ever mandatory water reductions.

These savings were achieved by reducing outdoor irrigation, as well as upgrades to plumbing fixtures and removal of ornamental turf, and other conservation measures.

STATE ENERGY USE
In 2003, state agencies collectively consumed nearly 12 billion kBTU (thousand British Thermal Units) of electricity and natural gas combined, equal to the energy used by 175,000 California homes.

The most recent data shows a double-digit percentage reduction since 2003. These savings have resulted from retrofits of lighting and mechanical systems for improved efficiency, onsite renewable energy, and conservation measures.

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2018-01-31
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2016-08-31
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