Executive Order Eighteen – Leading By Example Towards A Clean Energy Economy & Sustainable Natural Environment

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Executive Order Eighteen

TO: HEADS OF ALL STATE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES

RE: LEADING BY EXAMPLE TOWARDS A CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY & SUSTAINABLE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

For more information, please see: Fact Sheet and Press Release

WHEREAS, the transition to a cleaner energy, low-carbon economy and the importance of addressing climate change present Delaware with unprecedented challenges and opportunities to strengthen the State’s economic competitiveness, create thousands of well-paying jobs, improve public health, protect the environment, and enhance the quality of life; and

WHEREAS, an important part of the State’s economic development strategy is advancing climate prosperity, through which companies and individuals can become more prosperous by seizing market opportunities in the State’s emerging clean energy economy and using resources more efficiently; and

WHEREAS, State government must lead by example as it works towards transforming Delaware into a national model clean energy economy built on economic growth, environmental protection, energy conservation and efficiency, renewable energy, cleaner transportation options, and sustainable buildings and operations; and

WHEREAS, the State government faces significant budget challenges that require creative solutions to reduce and stabilize operating expenses, including reducing the more than $35 million expended annually on energy; and

WHEREAS, the Governor’s Energy Advisory Council has made numerous recommendations worthy of adoption, including the State of Delaware focusing on leading by example; and

WHEREAS, the steps identified in this order have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from State government operations and demonstrate that the adoption of responsible policies to minimize our impact on the environment can simultaneously reduce operating expenses and create a more efficient government;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JACK A. MARKELL, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby DECLARE and ORDER that: Article Continues:


Executive Order Eighteen – Leading By Example Towards A Clean Energy Economy & Sustainable Natural Environment

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