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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

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  • 35 percent reduction in copy paper purchased by state agencies since 2011 has saved taxpayers $19.6 million;
  • Increasing recycling to 78 percent in FY 15-16 through increased recycling of construction and demolition debris by the Metropolitan Transit Authority and Department of Transportation;
  • Generating 67 million kWh of energy through on-site renewable energy installations, enough to power 6,200 homes for one year;
  • Completing the 693kW solar array at Robert Moses State Park in Suffolk County, which will generate as much electricity as the park consumes, making it the first-ever energy-neutral state park in the U.S.;
  • Increasing the composting of organic material, up 34 percent in FY 15-16 with a 20 percent increase in food scrap composting; an
  • Increasing the purchase of 100 percent, post-consumer recycled content copy paper, which reached 57 percent of all copy paper in FY 15-16, an increase of 35 percent from FY 08-09.
  • Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “State agencies continue to extend their commitment to green practices and embrace new initiatives, such as the composting of food waste. Governor Cuomo’s unwavering dedication to protecting public health and the environment continues to spur innovation and efficiency at state agencies.”

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