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Welcome to Maine Clean Government

What is Clean Government

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is charged by statute with protecting and improving the quality of our natural resources which constitute it, and with enhancing public opportunity to enjoy the environment by directing growth and development in a sustainable fashion. The Department advocates programs and regulatory decisions which contribute to the achievement of this mission.

The Clean Government Initiative was established to help state agencies and state-supported institutions of higher learning meet applicable environmental compliance requirements and to incorporate environmentally sustainable practices into all state government functions. The Initiative is jointly directed by the commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection, the commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services, the chancellor of the University of Maine System or the chancellor's designee, and the president of the Maine Community College System or the president's designee.

The initiative has three requirements of state agencies:

  •  completion or demonstration of completion of an audit of its facilities to determine compliance with state and federal environmental laws;
  •  development of a biennial plan which outlines agency actions to incorporate environmental compliance and sustainability into planning and operation function; and
  •  appointment of an employee in the agency to ensure the development and implementation of agency activities for the Initiative.
  • February 2011