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"A healthy environment is essential to a livable Oregon and a strong economy. In our state, it is no longer a zero-sum game between the environment and jobs. That is a false choice. In Oregon, we know better. There is a complementary relationship between a clean environment and a robust economy - they exist upon and support each other."

-Governor Kulongoski, March 24, 2003



Governor's Office

Oregon's two most recent governors have both issued executive orders calling for action to make Oregon more sustainable. In May, 2000, Governor John Kitzhaber issued Executive Order 00-07: Promoting Sustainability in Internal State Government Operations.

More recently, Governor Ted Kulongoski has taken several more actions to support the environment:

Governor Creates Alternative Fuel Vehicle Infrastructure Work Group
Kulongoski Directs Oregon Toward Water Reuse Policy (pdf)
Kulongoski Proclaims June, 2005 Water Conservation Month
Kulongoski Outlines Environmental Priorities (pdf)
Kulongoski Calls for Emission-free Truck Stops

Gov. Kulongoski's 2003 Executive Order 03-03 continues Oregon's commitment to sustainability and directs select state agencies, including the Department of Higher Education, to develop agency sustainability plans. A subsequent guidance document, developed by the Oregon Sustainability Board, further identifies targets supporting the 2003 EO and specifies how agency plans should be developed.

In response to Kulongoski's executive order, the Oregon University System has created a sustainability plan for higher education in Oregon.

State Agencies

Department of Administrative Services
In November 2004, DAS issued updated Sustainable Facilities Standards and Guidelines (pdf). These guidelines require all new construction and renovation of state buildings to meet US Green Building Council's LEED Silver equivalents.

Oregon Department of Energy
ODOE aims to ensure Oregon has an adequate supply of reliable and affordable energy and is safe from nuclear contamination, by helping Oregonians save energy, develop clean energy resources, promote renewable energy and clean up nuclear waste.

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
DEQ is a regulatory agency whose job is to protect the quality of Oregon's Environment. DEQ is responsible for protecting and enhancing Oregon's water and air quality, for cleaning up spills and releases of hazardous materials, and for managing the proper disposal of hazardous and solid wastes.

Oregon Housing and Community Services
The Green Building Source Guide, offered by OHCS, is designed to improve access to the wealth of existing material about sustainable building. The guide offers links to green building information for the varied interests involved in housing and development.

Sustainable Oregon
The State of Oregon's sustainability website communicates developments in Oregon state government and connects with local agencies, organizations and businesses taking leadership roles in sustainable development.

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