Department of General Services
Under Governor Martin O’Malley’s Smart, Green & Growing initiative, the Department of General Services is helping ensure that Maryland State Government is leading by example every step of the way. On this website you will find a variety of initiatives and opportunities that, together, add up to a well balanced approach to support the creation of a smarter, greener, and more sustainable future for Maryland state agencies and beyond. As stated in our mission, “We are committed to Doing Great Service.”
Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy
Our commitment to service is reflected in the DGS indefinite quantity contract (IQC). The IQC provides the State with tools to move forward with future solar, wind and biomass projects. As part of our future electricity purchasing portfolio, the IQC allows the State to develop and possibly enter into long-term power purchasing agreements with qualified renewable energy contractors. DGS has installed state owned E-85 ethanol fueling facilities in Baltimore and Annapolis with plans to add three additional E-85 fuel pumps in Laplata, Hagerstown and Salisbury.
DGS is very proud of the progress that it is making through its participation on the Maryland Green Building Council. In its 2009 Annual Report, the Council reported on three recently completed State-owned High Performance green buildings, as well as the progress on eight new green State projects that are funded and currently under design or construction in FY 2009. With our public and private partners, we are looking forward to making high performance design and construction the norm in Maryland.
DGS is greening the State’s procurement process. As a point of departure, we have established a list of recyclable products which include commodities such as: office supplies, water, textiles, paper towels, various janitorial supplies, paper products, traffic barrels, barricades and cones, pallets, re-refined lubricating oil and more.
The DGS Office of Real Estate ensures that space leased on behalf of State agencies maximizes the use of public transportation and, where possible, the use of existing infrastructure. We have also implemented green design into the tenant improvements in leased space, such as the penetration of natural light, energy efficient heating and cooling systems, and light sensors. New space standards have been established to reduce the overall leased portfolio.
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- BRACtivity: The Latest on BRAC from MDOT – November 2010
- Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Announces Free Commercial Energy Conservation Code Training
- MTA wins National Award for Civility Campaign
- DNR Takes Lead In Mitigating The Effects Of Climate Change With New Policy