Director, GreenGov Council, PA DGS
Mark Hand serves as the Director of Pennsylvania’s newly created GreenGov Council within the Department of General Services. The GreenGov Council was established by the direction of Governor’s Wolf’s Executive Order (EO 2019-01) on “Commonwealth leadership in Addressing Climate Change and Promoting Energy Conservation and Sustainable Governance.” The mission of GreenGov is to incorporate sustainable practices into Commonwealth government’s policy, planning, operations, procurement, and regulatory functions, and to strive for continuous improvement in efficiency and performance. EO 2019-01 has a specific focus on reducing energy consumption, purchasing electric vehicles and renewable energy, and constructing new buildings and major renovations to green standards.
Prior to GreenGov, Mark worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for almost 19 years. Mark spent most of his time at DEP within the Energy Programs Office, which is involved in supporting, designing and implementing energy-focused programs to encourage the development and deployment of energy efficiency and alternative energy projects in Pennsylvania. In that time, Mark worked on various programs and initiatives for DEP; such as, Drive Electric PA Coalition, the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program, Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority grants, and many others over those years.
Mark graduated from Juniata College and now lives in Halifax, Pennsylvania, which is also his hometown.
In January of 2019, Governor Tom Wolf released an Executive Order that, among other things, named energy efficiency as the leading solution to climate change and established the GreenGov Council to guide the state to its carbon reduction goals. Nine months into the Council’s tenure, we’ll sit down with the Deputy Secretaries to discuss their […]