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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Green the Capitol Initiative: Final Report

Green the Capitol Initiative: Final Report

On March 1, 2007, the Speaker and the Majority Leader directed the Chief Administrative Officer of the House to develop a "Green the Capitol Initiative" that would demonstrate leadership to the nation by providing an environmentally responsible and healthy working environment for employees. Global warming and climate change are serious issues. Scientists agree that the introduction of carbon into the atmosphere is causing climate change. Efforts to reduce carbon emissions need to begin immediately. Such changes will have a positive impact on the environment and the economy. This report on the "Green the Capitol Initiative" meets the directives set out in your letter. "We cannot ask the American people to address global warming and climate change issues," you noted, "without first carefully examining ways to reduce our own energy consumption and develop sustainable workplace practices." This report, and its recommendations, will enable the House to be a leader in sustainable operations. Environmental responsibility is our duty to future generations. Now is the time to act to reduce our energy consumption as well as our energy dependence. To accomplish this, we will change the way we do business. A sustainable House Capitol complex will recognize the full environmental impact of our decisions on energy and water consumption, materials use and the quality of our workplace. By taking these steps, we not only reduce the impact of House operations on the environment, but also provide leadership by example. (PDF, 60 pages)


Office of the Chief Administrative Officer

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June 21, 2007

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