the State of Texas is currently recovering from several years of economic diiculties which have posed severe challenges to the inesses, and government of the State; and the State has fofinalized its intention to adopt a statewide stxategic plan through the passage into law of H.B.2009. 72nd planning process needs to emmpass a broad range of issues likely to face Texas in the coming decades; and AS this process should involve extensive policy analysis; and I l e ~may hold hearings at such times and places he deems necessary in order to obtain public input into the business plan. my hand this 25th day of February. 1992. Ann W. Richards Governor of Texas + . + + e State of Texas faces ever increasing environmental problems such as excess generation of waste; the excessive consumption water, and use of natural resources; and continued degradation of the State's wakx and air resources; and increasing pressure u p Texas' solid waste disposal capacity requires the cooperation of all Texans to reduce our dependence on other disposal facilities; and the environmental problems could be alleviated by implementing programs that conserve our natural resources, encouraging enter into Interagency Agreements as appropriate to further the purposes of this order. is to support and expand upon state agency recycling efforts required in SB 1340. 72nd Legislature. The order is State's commitment to reducing the generation of wyte, encourage the implmmtation of waste reducing programs, of recycled products, and reduce the amount of energy and water consumed. tion of all waste generated; B. identification of alternatives to disposal for each waste stream which includes reduction of waste before it is generated, substitution.. materiaIs, and recycling; D. use locally available compost, mulch and soil amendments produced from secondary materials; E.practice the recovery, separation, and recycling of batteries, used oil, tires, chemicals. scrap wood, construction materials, pac materials, and scrap metal in state owned and operated facilities; . F. examine purchase, use, and disposal of all chemicals (i.E. pesticid&, laboratory reagents, cleaning materials, solvents, inks, fertili to determine the continued need for use and/or disposal. When using chemicals, institute inventory control and handling proc minimize the amount needed and reduce worker exposure; m.Energy Efficiency Programs In order to reduce the consumption 'and waste of energy, state owned and operated facilities should institute the following initia A. set an agency goal to reduce energy usage by at least I5 percent of fiscal year 1990 levels by August 31, 1995; IV. Water Conservation Programs A. establish efficient water use operation and maintenance policies and procedures for all facilities, including education and training for facilities managers and employees; B. begin landscaping existing grounds utilizing low water use concepts such as xeriscaping;. C. design future facilities and properties with water conservation in mind; . D. to the extent practicable, establish procedures to maintah monthly watk use records for each water using facility and, i according to each water using activity or type of water use (i.e. ,domestic use versus landscape use). Periodically review those identify possible problem areas such .as leaks and other waste of water, and determine the feasibility of programs to reduce w,as inefficient use. V. Specific ~ ~ e n c i & consumption of energy. ..