Governor Issues Green Building Executive Order

April 28, 2005

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced that she has issued an executive order that will make Michigan government more energy efficient and save taxpayers millions of dollars in energy costs. Executive Directive No. 2005-4 directs the Department of Management and Budget (DMB) to reduce energy use in all state-owned and operated buildings 10% by December 31, 2008, and to reduce grid-based state energy purchases 20% by 2015.

The Governor's directive requires that an array of energy conservation improvements in lighting; heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning; and mechanics to cut energy costs be adopted immediately. It also encourages the use of biofuels in state fleets; requires "green" goods and supplies to be purchased where cost effective; directs that newly acquired electronics and appliances be ENERGY STAR® compliant and certified; requires that all new state buildings be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified; and creates an annual Governor's Energy Efficiency Award program to recognize energy efficiency efforts by state agencies.

For more information, read the U.S. Green Building Council April 28, 2005 news release.

Contact: Heidi Hansen, (517) 335-6397