Green Yardstick Proposed for State Infrastructure Purchasing

Feb 2, 2017

Rob Bonta

California’s major public institutions would be required to weigh greenhouse gas emissions into their budget analyses when purchasing materials for large infrastructure projects, under a proposed new bill unveiled this week.

This Southern California steel mill has made substantial investments to upgrade the facility and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Credit Gerdau Steel

Ann Hancock, Executive Director of the Center for Climate Protection in Santa Rosa, Was cheered by the proposed legislation's approach, and its intent to include transportation costs in the assessments to be required.

Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), lead author of the Buy Clean California bill, says it was drafted to offer protection and encouragement to manufacturing businesses in the state that are producing “clean” products.

You can read the full text of the proposed AB 262 here.