New green procedures announced for infrastructure projects in Ulster County

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KINGSTON – County Executive Pat Ryan announced on Wednesday that Ulster County will be implementing an “Environmental Considerations Checklist” for capital projects as well as updating the county’s purchasing policies to ensure that items purchased meet green standards for environmental protection.

As part of Ryan’s Green New Deal, these new procedures will both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and bring Ulster County closer to its goals of 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030.

The Environmental Considerations Checklist will ensure that sustainable elements are incorporated into county infrastructure projects by looking at greenhouse gas reduction, renewable energy expansion, natural resource protection and more.

The county has also updated its procurement policies in order to ensure that the county is both minimizing negative environmental impacts and supporting vendors who produce recycled and other environmentally-friendly alternatives.