Green Operations at DGS


DGS is committed to making Governor Larry Hogan’s vision of "a cleaner, greener and more sustainable future for the people of Maryland" a reality through facilities management. DGS owns and manages 55 state facilities with 6.2 million square feet of space. Both the Jessup State Office Complex and Bel Air’s Mary Risteau District Court and Multi-Service Center, which are owned and managed by DGS, earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification in 2013. The designation means the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.

DGS is competing in the ​EPA's 2014 Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. The DGS Team will battle it out against other participants across the country to see who can reduce their energy and water use the most.​ For energy saving tips click here.​


Please see the DGS Printing Best Practices for a detailed list of settings and actions to conserve paper, toner and energy in the office. This document also contains instructions for secure printing of documents on shared printers. This presentation also includes an overview of print reduction and paper conservation efforts at DGS.


Waste reduction and recycling are a critical component to green facilities. Reducing waste and increasing recycling requires everyone to pitch in so please continue to recycle, encourage your colleagues to participate and share your ideas for improving our program.

What to recycle in single stream recycling?

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  • Metal Cans - Steel, tin and aluminum soda, vegetable, fruit and tuna cans
  • Plastic bottles and containers - #1 - #5 & #7
  • Paper – non-confidential office paper, brown paper bags, newspaper, magazines and junk mail
  • Paper cardboard dairy and juice containers
  • Flattened cardboard and paperboard
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Aluminum foil and bakeware
  • Steel cans and tin cans (soup cans, veggie cans, coffee cans, etc.)
  • Phone books
  • Corrugated cardboard

What NOT to recycle in single stream recycling?​

  • Food waste
  • Plastic bags
  • Polystyrene foam cups and containers
  • Shredded paper
  • Electronic products
  • Batteries
  • Glass contaminated with stones, dirt, and food waste
  • Ceramics, such as dishware, ovenware, and decorative items
  • Heat-resistant glass, such as Pyrex
  • Mirror or window glass
  • Metal or plastic caps and lids
  • Crystal
  • Light bulbs​

More information on waste diversion and recycling in Maryland can be found at MDE's website.


DGS’ Sustainability Unit identifies and prioritizes focus areas for Department sustainability efforts. This includes engaging leadership and staff to inspire sustainable practices and foster sustainability broadly across the Department; establishing goals and objectives for measuring the Department's sustainability performance; proposing and coordinating the development and implementation of sustainability programs and policies both internal to the Department and statewide, as appropriate; and monitoring sustainability indicators, such as resource use, waste and emissions generation and reduction, operational efficiency and social responsibility.​

2015 - 2017 DGS Sustainability Plan​


The Secretary of DGS chairs the Maryland Green Purchasing Committee which was created by Chapter 593 of the Acts of 2010.

State law requires the purchase of recycled content paper and the use of biodiesel fuel or other biofuel; provides a price preference for locally grown foods and products made from recycled materials; provides a preference for mercury-free products and equipment; restricts uplight luminaires; and requires specification statements for coal in heating systems as well as for low noise level and energy efficient equipment.

More information on The Maryland Green Purchasing Committee can be found here.


The Office of Energy Performance and Conservation is responsible for implementing a variety of strategies with the goals of conserving energy, saving money, and protecting the environment.​

More information on the DGS Energy Office can be found here.

Green Buildings

The Maryland Green Building Act requires fully State-funded new construction and major renovation projects larger than 7,500 gross square feet to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification. This results in energy and water savings as well as healthier indoor and outdoor environments.

The Maryland Green Building Council, which is staffed and administered by DGS, was created by Chapters 115 and 116 of the Laws of Maryland and includes private sector as well as State agency membership. The Council makes recommendations about implementing the State’s High Performance Building Program, assists the Governor and General Assembly on green building legislation and works to promote green building throughout the government and private sector.

More information on The Maryland Green Building Council can be found here.

Real Estate

In 2013, DGS revised the "General Performance Standards & Specifications for Leased Space.” The new high efficiency and energy performance document mandates Energy Star rated equipment, high efficiency HVAC equipment with stated efficiency levels, requirements for lighting systems that meet the latest industry standards, upgraded plumbing for water conservation and commissioning of major systems by an independent third party to ensure that major building systems meet the respective design considerations after occupancy.

More information on DGS Real Estate operations can be found here.​

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