T&E Item 4
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Worksession: Bill 7-14, Contracts and Procurement - Certified Green Business
Bonnie Kirkland, County Executive Office
Eric Coffman, Department of General Services (DGS)
Grace Denno, DGS
Pam Jones, DGS
Bill 7-14, Contracts and Procurement - Certified Green Business Program, sponsored by
Councilmembers Berliner, Floreen, Riemer, Council President Rice, and Councilmembers EIrich,
Andrews, and Navarro, was introduced on January 28, 2014. A public hearing was held by the
Committee on February 11.
Bill 7-14 would create a preference for a certified green business in the law governing the
County's procurement of goods and services. It would also require the Executive to adopt a
regulation implementing the preference for a certified green business.
The Department of Environmental Protection has developed a green business program
where it certifies businesses that satisfy a checklist of required actions. However, there is no
direct financial incentive for a business to be certified. This bill would provide a potential direct
financial incentive for a green business that bids on County contracts. The Bill would encourage
businesses to develop strategies for protecting the environment in their day to day operations.
Councilmember Berliner explained the purpose of this Bill in his January 14 memorandum
describing his proposed energy/environmental measures. See ©5 of Bill 4-14, T &E Item 1.
The Fiscal and Economic Impact statement for this Bill will be transmitted after March
17 (see ©6).