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On Earth Day, April 22, 1999, former Governor O'Bannon signed Executive Order 99-07 titled, "Greening the Government." The goal of this order is to improve the environmental performance of all State operations. Governor O'Bannon explained, "This is an important step toward making the State's operations more environmentally sound, and in many cases more efficient and cost effective." This is also a great way to ensure that Indiana's State government operational policies "walk the talk" of environmental stewardship. The Executive Order established a Taskforce which is co-chaired by the Departments of Administration and Environmental Management and has members from twelve major State agencies. This group met bi-weekly for ten months to develop the Greening the Government Plan, a guidance document that was approved and unveiled by the Governor on May 25th, 2000.
The Greening the Government 2000 Annual Report is published.
Executive Order 99-07 officially ended with the sudden death of Governor O'Bannon in September of 2003. On September 13, 2003, former Governor Joseph Kernan signed Executive Order 03-27 to carry on Indiana Greening the Government initiatives.
On Earth Day, April 22, 2004, the Greening the Government 2001-2003 Activity Report was released.
Governor Mitch Daniels' Executive Order 05-21 continues and refines Indiana's Greening the Government Initiative, effective Earth Day, April 22, 2005. Thomas Easterly, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and Earl Goode, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Administration share the news of this Executive Order with all State Agencies.