New York Governor Paterson recently signed an Executive Order establishing a New York State "Green Procurement and Agency Sustainability Program," to promote green purchasing by state government agencies. The program will seek to implement policies that reduce the consumption of materials and energy and reduce potential impacts on public health and the environment. State agencies will purchase environmentally-friendly commodities, services and technology and develop sustainability and stewardship programs.
In announcing the program, Gov. Paterson stated "Our state government is a major consumer of products and energy, and our policies should conserve our precious natural resources, protect the public health, and prevent pollution in order to improve the quality of life for all of New York state's residents."
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