WHEREAS, the state of Washington is committed to the mutually compatible goals of economic vitality, a healthy environment and strong communities; and

WHEREAS, sustainability provides for current needs without sacrificing the needs of future generations; and

WHEREAS, within state government, sustainable practices require decisions based on a systematic evaluation of the long-term impacts of an activity or product on health and safety, communities, and the environment and economy of Washington State; and

WHEREAS, reversing the steady decline in the natural resources and ecosystems on which people and economic vitality depend is critical to our future; and

WHEREAS, the regional and global implications of climate change, loss of biological diversity, and threats to resources such as clean water require us all to examine and change behaviors; and

WHEREAS, state government should model sustainable business practices that contribute to the long-term protection and enhancement of our environment, our economy and the health of current and future generations;

NOW THEREFORE, I, Gary Locke, Governor of the state of Washington, declare my commitment that state government operations be conducted in a manner consistent with these principles of sustainability and contribute positively towards the quality of life of all citizens.

It is THEREFORE ordered and directed that:

  1. Each state agency shall establish sustainability objectives and prepare a biennial Sustainability Plan to modify its practices regarding resource consumption; vehicle use; purchase of goods and services; and facility construction, operation and maintenance.

    Plans should be guided by the following long-term goals: Initial plans may be modeled on the outline accompanying this executive order and shall include descriptions of currently used sustainable practices. Each agency shall complete its initial plan by September 1, 2003. Subsequent plans shall be completed by September 1 each even-numbered year thereafter.

    Each state agency shall report annually on its progress in implementing its Sustainability Plan. The first progress report shall be submitted to the Office of Financial Management by October 15, 2004. Subsequent progress reports shall be submitted each October 15.

  2. The Office of Financial Management shall designate a Sustainability Coordinator to assist state agencies in meeting the goals of this executive order. The Coordinator shall:
  3. The Sustainability Coordinator, in consultation with state agencies, shall establish Sustainability Advisory Council consisting of representatives from the private sector and others with sustainability expertise to advise state agencies on how to make state government operations more sustainable.

    The Sustainability Advisory Council shall report to me by February 1, 2004 on the status of agency sustainability activities, opportunities for improvements based on effective strategies used elsewhere in the public and private sectors, and the best means to integrate sustainability into state government policies and actions.

I invite institutions of higher education, public schools, elected officials, commissions, and others to participate in implementing this executive order within their organizations.

This executive order shall take effect immediately.

  IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the State of Washington to be Affixed at Olympia this 18th day of September A.D., Two thousand two.


Governor of Washington

Secretary of State