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Full Text of HB1042  96th General Assembly


Rep. Karen May

Filed: 3/13/2009





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2     AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 1042 by replacing
3 everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4     "Section 5. The Green Governments Illinois Act is amended
5 by changing Sections 15, 20, and 35 as follows:
6     (20 ILCS 3954/15)
7     Sec. 15. Composition of the Council. The Council shall be
8 comprised of representatives from various State agencies and
9 State universities with specific fiscal, procurement,
10 educational, and environmental policy expertise. The
11 Lieutenant Governor is the chair of the Council. The director
12 or President, respectively, of each of the following State
13 agencies and State universities, or his or her designee, is a
14 member of the Council: the Department of Commerce and Economic
15 Opportunity, the Environmental Protection Agency, the
16 University of Illinois, ; the Department of Natural Resources,,



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1 the Department of Central Management Services, the Governor's
2 Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Agriculture,
3 the Department of Transportation, the Department of
4 Corrections, the Department of Human Services, the Department
5 of Public Health, the State Board of Education, the Board of
6 Higher Education, and the Capital Development Board. The Office
7 of the Lieutenant Governor shall provide administrative
8 support to the Council. A minimum of one staff position in the
9 Office of the Lieutenant Governor shall be dedicated to the
10 Green Governments Illinois program.
11 (Source: P.A. 95-657, eff. 10-10-07; 95-728, eff. date - See
12 Sec. 999.)
13     (20 ILCS 3954/20)
14     Sec. 20. Responsibilities of the Council. The Council is
15 responsible for the development and dissemination of programs,
16 plans, and policies to reduce the environmental footprint of
17 State government and for improving the implementation of
18 greening the government initiatives in other institutions,
19 thereby reducing costs to taxpayers and improving efficiency in
20 operations. The Council shall convene on a quarterly basis and
21 shall be responsible for the following:
22         (a) Establishing long-term environmental
23     sustainability goals that the State will strive to achieve
24     within a period of 3, 5, and 10 years to improve the energy
25     and environmental performance of State buildings,



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1     consistent with efficiency and economic objectives. These
2     goals shall, at a minimum, include the following:
3     broad-based performance goals for energy efficiency; use
4     of renewable fuels; water conservation; green purchasing;
5     paper consumption; and solid waste generation. These goals
6     can be met through increased efficiency, operational
7     changes, and improved maintenance and use of
8     cost-effective alternative technologies, raw materials,
9     and fuels.
10         The Council shall:
11             (1) communicate the environmental sustainability
12         goals to all State agencies;
13             (2) establish an electronic system to track and
14         report on environmental progress;
15             (3) monitor improvement activities; and
16             (4) propose new goals as appropriate.
17         (b) Coordinating an awards program that recognizes
18     units of State and local government and educational
19     institutions for developing, adopting, and implementing
20     innovative or exemplary environmental sustainability plans
21     in conformance with this Act.
22         (c) Creating specific guidance materials for State
23     agencies, educational institutions, and units of local
24     government on how to integrate environmental
25     sustainability into existing management systems, planning,
26     and operational practices, while still providing necessary



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1     services and ensuring efficient and effective operations.
2     These guidance materials must include a list of
3     environmental and energy best practices, case studies,
4     policy language, model plans, and other resource
5     information. These materials must be made available on a
6     website devoted to the Green Governments Illinois program.
7         (d) Developing and implementing, to the extent
8     fiscally feasible, training programs designed to instill
9     the importance and value of environmental sustainability.
10         (e) Providing new ways for State government to build
11     markets for environmentally preferable products and
12     services without compromising price, competition, and
13     availability. The Council shall initially focus on
14     integrated pest management, bio-based products, recycled
15     content paper, energy efficiency, renewable energy,
16     alternative fuel vehicles, and green cleaning supplies.
17     Within existing resources, and within 60 days after the
18     effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General
19     Assembly, the Department of Central Management Services,
20     with the approval of the council, shall designate a single
21     point of contact for State agencies, suppliers, and other
22     interested parties to contact regarding environmentally
23     preferable purchasing issues.
24         (f) Working collaboratively with State agencies, units
25     of local government, educational institutions, and the
26     legislative branches of government to promote



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1     benchmarking, commissioning, and retro-commissioning to
2     make government and institutional buildings more
3     resource-efficient, energy efficient, and healthful public
4     places.
5         (g) Reviewing budgetary policy and making
6     recommendations to the Governor on incentives for State
7     agencies to undertake environmental improvements that
8     result in long-term cost-savings, productivity
9     enhancements, or other outcomes deemed appropriate to the
10     State's sustainability goals.
11         (h) Reporting annually to the Governor and the General
12     Assembly on the results of environmental sustainability
13     actions taken by State agencies, educational institutions
14     and units of local government during the prior fiscal
15     calendar year. The report must include the environmental
16     and economic benefits of the environmental sustainability
17     actions, where feasible, the consumption of those actions,
18     and provide recommendations for future environmental
19     improvement activities during the following year. The
20     report shall be filed by September 1, 2008, and November
21     September 1 of each subsequent year.
22         (h-5) Participating in the proposal review and
23     subgrant award processes conducted by the Department of
24     Commerce and Economic Opportunity to distribute the
25     portion of funds eligible for State government use under
26     the federal Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007,



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1     H.R. 6, Title V, Subtitle E (Energy Efficiency and
2     Conservation Block Grants). A designee of the Governor
3     shall also participate in these processes, and no subgrant
4     may be awarded unless the Governor's designee first
5     approves that subgrant.
6         (i) The chairman of the Council shall determine whether
7     or not the I-Cycle program is operating effectively and
8     make recommendations concerning management of the I-Cycle
9     program. The chairman has the authority to dissolve the
10     I-Cycle program if the program is found to be ineffective.
11 (Source: P.A. 95-657, eff. 10-10-07.)
12     (20 ILCS 3954/35)
13     Sec. 35. Environmental Plans and Reporting.
14     (a) Each State agency shall submit an adopted environmental
15 sustainability plan to the chairman of the Council for review
16 and approval on or before April 1, 2008 November 1, 2007.
17     On or before November August 1, 2007, the Council shall
18 prepare a downloadable plan template designed to provide a
19 simple framework for the development of an environmental
20 sustainability plan as required by this Act. The Council shall
21 adopt procedures for reviewing and approving the plans, and
22 make staff available during preparation of the plans to assist
23 State agencies with their plan-writing efforts. The Council
24 shall complete its plan review process on or before June
25 January 1, 2008. The sustainability plans shall be reviewed and



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1 updated periodically, but at least once every 3 years. Units To
2 the extent feasible and cost-effective, units of local
3 government and , educational institutions, and State agencies
4 are encouraged to submit adopt and implement similar
5 sustainability plans. Environmental sustainability plans may
6 be submitted to the chairman of the Council, by request, for
7 review and approval.
8     (b) On or before January 1, 2008 August 1, 2007, each State
9 agency, using existing resources, shall form an internal
10 environmental sustainability committee. The environmental
11 sustainability committee shall (i) assess the environmental
12 and resource use impacts of its major operational activities
13 making environmental improvements, conserving resources, and
14 reducing health risks; (ii) develop an environmental
15 sustainability plan as required under this Act; and (iii)
16 establish an ongoing process through which their
17 sustainability efforts can be reviewed and improved upon. The
18 committee shall focus on the most significant environmental and
19 resource use impacts, examine the feasibility and
20 cost-effectiveness of addressing these impacts, and prioritize
21 their actions accordingly.
22     Where feasible, the committee shall quantify the specific
23 impacts of major operational activities such as gallons of
24 water used, pounds of solid waste generated, gallons of
25 gasoline consumed, and dollars spent per year on electricity.
26 The committee shall consist of representatives from different



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1 departments and program areas, including purchasing,
2 maintenance, and facility management. A senior member of
3 management shall be designated to coordinate environmental
4 sustainability efforts of each committee. The coordinator
5 shall provide information to agency facilities and staff,
6 coordinate planning and reporting activities, and act as
7 liaison to the Council. Where appropriate, State agencies may
8 appoint facility coordinators in addition to the agency
9 coordinator. Coordinators shall be given full management
10 support and provided with the necessary resources to meet the
11 goals of this Act.
12     (c) On or before July April 1, 2008 and on or before
13 September April 1 of each subsequent year, each State agency
14 shall submit to the chairman of the Council a report
15 summarizing the progress made in implementing its
16 environmental sustainability plan, including sustainability
17 measures adopted and goals achieved. The information in this
18 report shall encompass the previous fiscal calendar year.
19     On or before June January 1, 2008, the Council shall
20 develop and adopt a reporting form to be used to comply with
21 the provisions of this Section. Participating units of local
22 government, State agencies, and educational institutions are
23 encouraged to must submit an annual progress report on or
24 before September June 1, 2008 and on or before June 1 of each
25 subsequent year.
26     (d) State agencies shall be invited to participate in the



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1 Council's efforts to foster environmental sustainability
2 practices throughout State government.
3     (e) The Council shall provide technical assistance to State
4 agencies, units of local government, and educational
5 institutions for the purpose of implementing the environmental
6 sustainability planning requirement.
7     (f) The Council may establish criteria for exempting select
8 State agencies from the environmental sustainability planning
9 based on staff size, probable environmental impacts, and scope
10 of operations.
11 (Source: P.A. 95-657, eff. 10-10-07.)
12     Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
13 becoming law.".