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Gov. Jerry Brown ordered state agencies today to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption by at least 20 percent by 2020, formalizing longstanding goals.

"We must lead by example," the Democratic governor said in a written statement announcing his executive order. "Greening the state's buildings will shrink our environmental footprint and save taxpayers millions of dollars."

The order also requires new state buildings and major renovations of old ones larger than 10,000 square feet to meet certain green-building standards. It requires that, where economically feasible, those buildings include green power generators such as solar panels.

Brown touted the order as a measure to reduce state spending. Reducing state energy purchases by 20 percent could eventually save $45 million annually, his office said.


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