State Finance and Procurement Article ⸹14-402, ⸹14-405,
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
“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
“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.
“A. All units of State government shall acquire by purchase or lease, to the greatest extent practicable, the quietest available supplies.
“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
“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.”
“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
“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.
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