Conservation of Paper by Units of State Government
“Whenever economically practical, the Secretary of General Services shall insure that procurement officials specify photocopy machines which have the capability to perform two-sided photocopying.”
|Alternative Fueled Vehicles
“The Department of General Services and the University of Maryland System shall procure, for State agencies and the University of Maryland System and its constituent institutions, respectively, approved alternative fueled vehicles and shall ensure that refueling capacity for alternative fuels is available to State agency fleets and the University of Maryland System.”
|Sustaining Maryland's Future with Clean Power, Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency
“The State shall purchase Energy Star products when purchasing energy-using products, including computers, printers, copiers and other office equipment, or shall purchase products in the top 25% in energy efficiency for products where labels are not available.”
|Water Conservation by State Agencies
Each State Agency shall develop a water conservation plan that addresses “The purchase of water-efficient plumbing fixtures, appliances and other products when new or replacement products are needed; and …” Identify and select specific water conservation measures that need to be employed to improve water management and water use efficiency to achieve the water conservation goal of this Executive Order.”
|Pesticide Advisory Committee
The Advisory Committee shall have the following duties and responsibilities:
(1) Make recommendations to the Secretary for changes in law or regulation to improve pesticide management in the State;
(2) Provide advice to the Secretary on issues concerning the registration, sales, use, storage and disposal of pesticides, the certification and training of pesticide applicators, the licensing of pest control businesses and the protection of farmworkers, endangered species and water resources;
(3) After having consulted with the Secretary, provide advice to other State agencies and local governments concerning their responsibilities in pesticide management and protection human health, natural resources and the environment; and
(4) Generally serve in an advisory capacity to the Secretary, Department Officials, and other State agencies on pesticide related matters.
|Energy Savings Goals for State Government
“All units of State government shall,
in support of their core missions, implement projects and initiatives to
conserve energy and reduce consumption,” recognizing that “[r]educing energy
use in State government produces positive environmental, fiscal and health
benefits for all Marylanders, and aids compliance with the state Greenhouse Gas
Reduction Act of 2016.
|[Procurement] General Purpose
“When applicable, specifications shall include statements concerning:
(1) Low noise levels …;
(2) Energy efficiency;
(3) Coal in heating systems …;
(4) Percentage price preference for products made from recycled materials pursuant to State Finance and Procurement Article, §14-405, Annotated Code of Maryland; and
(5) Preference for mercury-free products and equipment …”
“Each solicitation shall
provide notice that the affidavit in §B of this regulation shall be completed
and submitted to the procurement agency with the vendor's bid or offer.”
“must further affirm that Any claims of environmental attributes made relating
to a product or service included in the bid or proposal are consistent with the
Federal Trade Commission’s Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims
as provided in 16 CFR §260, that apply to claims about the environmental
attributes of a product, package, or service in connection with the marketing,
offering for sale, or sale of such item or service.”
Defines a variety of terms such as “Environmentally Preferable Products
and Services” and “Environmentally Preferable Purchasing”.
|Recycled Paper Purchases
“A. Of the total volume of paper that the Secretary of General Services buys, at least 90 percent shall be recycled paper.
B. In purchasing any paper or paper products as supplies for any using agency pursuant to State Finance and Procurement Article, Title 4, Subtitle 3, Annotated Code of Maryland, the Secretary of General Services, to the fullest extent practicably possible, shall purchase or approve for purchase only such supplies as are manufactured or produced from recycled paper.
C. If recycled paper that meets the definition set forth in Regulation .01B(7) of this chapter [contains at least 80% post-consumer recycled content] is unavailable, then for purposes of complying with the requirements of this chapter, the Department of General Services and other State agencies may purchase recycled paper and paper products that have the highest percentage of post-consumer material that, at minimum, meets EPA guidelines, provided that reasonable levels of competition, cost, availability, and technical performance are maintained.”
|Low Noise Supplies
“A. All units of State government shall acquire by purchase or lease, to the greatest extent practicable, the quietest available supplies.
B. Supplies certified by the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency as "low noise emission products" pursuant to §15 of the Noise Control Act of 1972 shall be considered to meet the intent of this regulation."
|Mercury and Products that Contain Mercury
“All procurement agencies shall give a [5 percent] preference under this regulation to procuring products and equipment that are mercury-free. If mercury-free products and equipment that meet the agency's product performance requirements are not commercially available, the procurement agency shall give preference under this regulation to products containing the least amount of mercury necessary to meet performance requirements.”
|Locally Grown Foods
“State schools and facilities shall include in procurement solicitations a price preference not exceeding 5 percent to bids or proposals for locally grown food.”
|Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
“All procurement agencies shall purchase environmentally preferable products and services unless purchasing environmentally preferable products and services would limit or supersede any requirements under any provision of law or result in the purchase of products and services that:
(1) Do not perform adequately for the intended use;
(2) Exclude adequate competition; or
(3) Are not available at a reasonable price in a reasonable period of time.”
“A State or local unit responsible for the maintenance of public lands in the State, to the maximum extent practicable, shall give preference to the use of compost in any land maintenance activity that is publicly funded.”
|Energy Efficient Outdoor Lighting Fixtures
“If State funds are used to install or replace a permanent outdoor luminaire for lighting on the grounds of any building or facility owned or leased by the State or a unit of the State, procurement specifications shall require that:
(1) Design of the luminaire maximizes energy conservation and minimizes light pollution, glare, and light trespass;
(2) Illumination produced by the luminaire is the minimum illumination necessary for the intended purpose of the lighting; and
(3) For a luminaire with an output of more than 1,800 lumens, the luminaire is a restricted uplight luminaire.”
|Purchasing Electronic Products
“When purchasing an electronic product to be used by the State, a procurement agency shall purchase an electronic product that:
(1) Is listed and rated silver or gold on the EPEAT registry; or
(2) Meets nationally-recognized and consensus-based standards established by a comprehensive environmental rating system approved by the Department of Information Technology.”
|Recycle Services — Electronic Products.
“When awarding a procurement contract
for services to recycle electronic products, a State unit shall award the
contract to a recycler of electronic products that:
(1) Is R2 or e–Stewards
(2) Meets nationally recognized
and consensus–based guidelines, standards, and systems for recycling that are approved by
the Department of the Environment in consultation with the Department of General Services.”
|Report on Green Purchasing
“A. On or before September 1 of each year, each procurement agency shall report to the Department of General Services on the agency’s procurement of environmentally preferable products and services during the preceding fiscal year, including the types and quantities of products and services procured. The report format shall be determined by the Department of General Services.
B. Green Purchasing Committee. On or before October 1 of each year, the Maryland Green Purchasing Committee, as established in State Finance and Procurement Article, §14-410, Annotated Code of Maryland, shall report to the General Assembly on the Committee’s activities and the progress made on the implementation of the Green Maryland Act of 2010. The report is subject to State Government Article, §2-1246, Annotated Code of Maryland.”
|Labeling Standards for Mercury-Added Products
label of a mercury–added product shall clearly inform the purchaser or consumer
that: (i) Mercury is present in the product; and (ii) The product shall be
managed in accordance with federal and State environmental laws to minimize the
release of mercury into the environment.”
|Control of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from Wood Coating
“The requirements of this regulation
apply to a person that owns or operates a wood coating operation with actual
VOC emissions of 20 pounds or more per operating day from all wood coating
operations at the premises determined on a monthly average.
Spray Gun Application. A person subject
to this regulation that applies a coating with a spray gun shall use a high
volume-low pressure (HVLP) spray gun or other high efficiency application
method approved by the Department. A person subject to this regulation may
achieve compliance with the requirements of this regulation through use of a
control device that reduces emissions from the wood coating operation by not
less than 90 percent overall.
VOC Content Limits. A person
subject to this regulation shall meet the VOC content limits for coatings and
non-coating materials described in this regulation.
Record Keeping Requirements. A
person subject to this regulation shall maintain a monthly record of:
(a) The quantity of all
coatings and materials used (liters); and
(b) Material data sheets,
material lists, container labeling or records sufficient to show the VOC
content of all coatings and materials used.
person demonstrating compliance using the daily weighted average of coatings as
provided in §E(2) of this regulation shall maintain records sufficient to show
daily compliance. Records shall be maintained for at least 2 years and made
available to the Department upon request.”
|Requirements for Contact Adhesives, Electronic Cleaners, Footwear or
Leather Care Products, General Purpose Degreasers, Bathroom and Tile Cleaners,
Construction Panel and Floor Covering Adhesives, Electronic Cleaner Labeled
“Energized Electronic Equipment Use Only”, General Purpose Cleaners, and Oven
or Grill Cleaners
“A person may not sell, supply, offer
for sale, or manufacture for use in the State any contact adhesive, electronic
cleaner, footwear or leather care product, or general purpose degreaser that
contains any of the following compounds:
(1) Methylene chloride;
(2) Perchloroethylene; or
|VOC Content Limits
regulation lists VOC Content Limits for Architectural and Industrial
|Special Requirements for Fluorescent Lamps - Disposition of Waste Fluorescent Lamps.
“A person that generates, in a calendar year, more than 200 kilograms
of waste fluorescent lamps meeting the criteria of §A of this regulation shall
assure that the waste lamps are delivered to a:
(a) Reclamation facility, as
defined in §C of this regulation; or
(b) Destination facility, as
defined in COMAR 26.13.01.03B.
Agency note: 200 kilograms represents, for
example, approximately 720 4-foot T12 fluorescent lamps.
For the purposes of §B(1) of this regulation,
waste fluorescent lamps include lamps that are to be disposed and lamps that
are to be recycled.”