What is the GGGC?
The governor established the Governor's Green Government Council by executive order in 1998 to help state government embed environmental sustainability throughout its policymaking and operational processes. The council works in partnership with agencies throughout the Commonwealth and by extension with their constituencies, as a catalyst to stimulate the development and continuous improvement of environmentally sustainable practices in planning, policymaking and regulatory operations. It operates opportunistically, nurturing champions where it finds them in targeted areas.
The council is chaired jointly by the secretaries of the Departments of Environmental Protection and General Services. The GGGC supports green teams within each agency. Teams comprise at a minimum the agency head or a deputy level alternate as the GGGC member, responsible for leadership, policy coordination and management facilitation and a middle management green team leader, responsible for managing implementation of the agency's greening initiatives and involving relevant staff as green team members.
The council presents a report to the Governor on September 1 of each year, summarizing the past year's activity.