DGS Buildings with LEED Certifications: See a List of Buildings

Green Buildings

In 2012, Governor Brown issued a sweeping executive order directing DGS and all other state agencies, departments and other state entities to reduce 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 was accelerated to 25 percent by the end of 2015 under the state's first-ever statewide mandatory water reduction directive.

To achieve these aggressive goals, DGS and other state agencies are using the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program to rate buildings for qualities like energy efficiency, water conservation and indoor air quality. Under Governor Brown’s green building executive order, new or renovated state-owned buildings and leased facilities larger than 10,000 square feet and existing state buildings and leases larger than 50,000 square feet must obtain LEED certification.

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§  DGS buildings with LEED certifications: See a list of buildings.

§  DGS progress toward the state’s goals for saving energy and water at its facilities.
Green building best practices management memos:

§  Building operations and maintenance: Management Memo 15-06.

§  Data center and server room energy efficiency guidelines: Management Memo 14-09.

§  Indoor environmental quality: New, renovated, and existing buildings: Management Memo 14-05.

§  Reducing energy use in new, existing and leased state buildings: Management Memo 15-04.

§  Standard operating procedures for energy management in state buildings: Management Memo 14-07.

§  Water efficiency and conservation at state facilities: Management Memo 14-02.

§  Green building operations guidelines: State Administrative Manual

§  On-site renewable energy
• DGS solar power purchase agreements help state agencies install solar power generation at their facilities.

Green Fleet

DGS is leading efforts to green the state’s government vehicle fleet in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase the use of zero emission vehicles and decrease petroleum use.

Electric Vehicles

In 2012, Governor Brown directed state agencies to facilitate the rapid commercialization of zero-emission vehicles, and ordered California’s state government vehicle fleet to increase its zero-emission vehicles through the normal course of vehicle replacement. The governor’s goal is to have at least 10 percent of light-duty vehicle fleet purchases be zero-emission by 2015 and at least 25 percent by 2020. Read the executive order.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

§  State employees and the general public can find electric vehicle charging stations at several DGS parking lots and garages

Green vehicle resources

§  Alternative fuels, reduced petroleum consumption for state vehicles.

§  “Cool” paints for state vehicles.

§  Electric vehicle supply equipment contracts:Contract 1;Contract 2.

§  Electric vehicle supply equipmentguidance.

§  Recycled oils, lubricants, parts for state vehicles.

Renewable diesel bulk fuel purchases.

Green Purchasing

Green purchasing is designed to promote the social, environmental and economic benefits of spending decisions made by state agencies.

DGS incorporates environmentally-friendly specifications in contract bid solicitations to ensure that products purchased by the state are energy- and water-efficient and environmentally friendly. Green contracts include printing and copy paper, multi-functional office devices (devices that combine copying, printing, scanning functions), recycled paint, and toner and ink cartridges, among many others.

To help state agencies ensure that their contracts are eco-friendly and cost-effective, DGS developed the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) program, which offers outreach, training and assistance with green purchasing options.

Green Buying Guide

§  DGS maintains a best practices manual – the Buying Green Guide – for state buyers and suppliers. The guide provides buyers with specific products that may be purchased through the state’s EPP contracts. Suppliers are provided with insight on how the state views green products and businesses.

Green Workplace

DGS employees play a key role in the department’s sustainability efforts in their daily activities on the job. From using environmentally-friendly office equipment and recycling efforts, to green travel programs and bike commuting, DGS strives to work green at its headquarters in West Sacramento and in DGS offices around the state.

Annual Sustainability Reporting

Green Lodging

Reutilizing state property

Annual Sustainability Reporting

Read the 2014 sustainability accomplishments report: “Toward a Greener California”

Green Lodging

The DGS Green Lodging Program encourages state and local government travelers to seek out and give preference to DGS-certified green hotels. Read more.


Reutilizing state property

DGS reuses and recycles state assets through public auctions of surplus state property and vehicles. Read more.