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State offices becoming greener, according to progress report

Paper usage and waste is down and recycling is up in state government offices.

That’s what the state’s “Second Progress Report on State Green Procurement and Agency Sustainability,” a new report released Friday, shows in its summary of performance of state offices between 2008 and 2012, according to a statement by the Department of Environmental Conservation.The report showed that state agencies cut their paper use by 43 percent, realizing more than $11 million in savings over four years. It also revealed:

• Waste was reduced by 35 percent.

• An average recycling rate of 56 percent.

• A 27 percent increase in purchases of all-recycled content copy paper.

• The “virtual elimination” of bottled water purchases.

“State agencies are actively working to promote sustainability and environmental quality, including implementing better management practices to reduce waste and energy consumption, said Joe Martens, commissioner of the State Department of Environmental Conservation.

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