DEEP: How To Green Your CT State Agency

How To Green Your CT State Agency
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Welcome!  This is your guide to green your CT State Agency.
From purchasing environmentally preferable products, like non-toxic cleaners to recycling, this is your one-stop guide to finding all the resources you'll need to make your Agency a model for protecting the environment and creating a healthier workplace.   
To see how DEEP is greening its headquarters take a virtual tour.     
"Going Green" at your Agency is easier than you think.
Let's get started!
Buying a Better Way: Choosing "Green" Products from State ContractsPresentations from June 2014 workshop for state agencies, municipalities and school districts on Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP).
Going Green Makes Sen$e  Fact sheets, signage, videos and other materials that will help you green you office from a workshop to CT State Agencies.
Learn about what DEEP is doing to save energy, reduce waste and more.
Purchase Environmentally Preferable Products
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle at Work
Start a Composting Program
Choose Organic Land Care
Take Action on Climate Change
Manage Electronics And E-Waste
Make Events and Training Green
Encourage "Clean Commuting"
Find Out What Other States Are Doing - Innovative programs to green government operations
Lead By Example:  Energy Efficiency for State and Local Government

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s "Lead-By-Example" program (LBE) will reduce energy use in Connecticut’s State and local government buildings and operations.  One of LBE's goals is to reduce energy use in State buildings by 10% by 2013 and an additional 10% by 2018. Get more information at  or contact them at
Buying A Better Way:
Choosing Green Products from State Contracts
These materials are from the June 2014 workshop for state agencies, municipalities and school districts, held at DEEP headquarters. 
For more information contact DAS purchasing contact Connie Mendolia at DEEP.
Going Green Makes Sen$e 
These materials are from the Going Green Makes Sen$e workshop held at DEEP headquarters on Sept. 28, 2011. This event was sponsored by the DEEP Green Team and featured a presentation and panel discussion outlining the experiences, lessons learned and results of implementing various sustainability measures at our office. 
Although the workshop audience was primarily state Agencies and municipal employees, any office can benefit from implementing these solutions.  For more information contact Connie Mendolia.
For information about energy efficiency in state buildings, e-mail
Presentations/Video/Publications (pdfs)
NEW, Created in 2016!
Office Sustainability Checklists:
Fact Sheets All fact sheets in one document (All documents are pdfs.)
Remind your employees in a friendly way to reduce, reuse, recycle and conserve with colorful signs. Our "Re-Think" and "Re-Cycle" signs are posted throughout our building - in our lunch rooms, near trash, recycling and composting containers and elevators. They are "branded" using our original design and Green Team logo, which reinforce the environmental message.
Use them "as is" (our logo has been removed) or create your own using our Microsoft Word template. All signs are in color, 8.5" by 11". We laminated our signs for durability.
Related Materials
  • Tools for Office Buildings developed by the CT Department of Public Health, provides fact sheets on indoor air quality in the workplace. A program to assess the indoor environmental quality in office buildings is available on CD .
  • Recycling Works Tool kit created by the Illinois Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity was designed to address waste reduction in the workplace and website also contains sample fact sheets and posters;  See also Recycling Tool kit presentation
  • Hartford Green Capitols Project brochure provides information about the efforts of the DEEP, EPA, MDC and State Capitol Facilities to demonstrate green infrastructures such as rain gardens, permeable pavers and concrete to limit stormwater runoff.
Purchase Environmentally Preferable Products (EPPs)  
  • CT DEEP's Green Purchasing Policy can be used as an example of what state agencies can develop and adopt.
  • Presentations from June 2014 Buying A Better Way:  Choosing Green Products from State Contracts.
  • These State procurement regulation and policies promote environmentally preferable purchasing in Connecticut State Agencies.
  • Find out about the State's EPP program and watch a video  which introduces the program, describes the benefits of EPP, provides tips on how to reduce, reuse and recycle and more.
  • The Bureau of Enterprise System Technology (BEST) contracts for purchasing laptops and personal computers for CT state and local government, higher education and K-12 education. BEST is working to include specific requirements into these contracts, including requirements that products be EPEAT and Energy Star certified. For more information, contact Leo Boulanger, BEST Desktop Services, (860) 622-2476.
  • Find your DAS agency contacts.
  • Useful resources  for information about the procurement of EPPs, including federal programs.
  • The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has created a new Healthier Furniture Product Guide to help purchasers find products that do not contain the “hazardous handful” chemicals: flame retardants, fluorinated stain treatments, antimicrobials, PVC and formaldehyde. 
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle at Work
Start a Composting Program  
  • Reduce your waste and disposal costs. Find out how you can begin a composting and organics recycling program at work. For more information about composting , contact Jennifer Weymouth
Choose Organic Landcare
Take Action on Climate Change
  • The State's Climate Change Action Plan outlines 55 actions to reduce  greenhouse gas emissions. Learn how State Agencies can do their part. 
  • Learn about the relationship between the waste we generate and climate change.
  • Hold a lighting fair at work. Employees can purchase low-cost compact fluorescent bulbs and energy-saving lighting for home use. Contact TechniArt, Adam Tardif, 860-693-2450.

Manage Electronics and E-Waste  
State and local governments purchase more than $35 billion in technology equipment annually. There is a great opportunity to show leadership in the environmentally sound and cost-effective disposal and management of electronic assets. 
Make Events and Training Green   
  • Training and meetings you host are opportunities to save money and have less impact on the environment. Learn some easy ways you can set an example at your next event. 
Encourage "Clean Commuting" 
  • Encourage your employees to carpool, vanpool or take public transportation, including the new Fastrak busway,  bike or walk and telecommuting. They can even earn rewards for their "clean commute" by signing up with CTRides.
  • Contact CTrides to have them set up a transportation fair so your employees can learn about their commuting options.
  • Bike Walk CT is the organization working statewide to make Connecticut bike and pedestrian friendly; They sponsor a statewide Bike to Work campaign and have resources including a list of bike buddies to ride with.
  • The Department has hybrid gas-electric vehicles in it's fleet of state vehicles for employee use. These vehicles use much less fuel and are less polluting.
Maintain State Vehicles
  • Does your Agency maintain a fleet? Read the Pit Stops Guidebook for information on how to prevent pollution and comply with DEP regulations.
Find Out What Other States Are Doing
Content last updated October 2019