- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed an executive order giving “favorable consideration” in awarding state contracts to businesses fighting climate change.

The order directs state officials to consider vendor business practices such as the use of thermal and electric efficiency and conservation measures; use of renewable energy sources; efforts to reduce and track carbon emissions; and use of and encouragement of employee use of electric and zero emissions vehicles.

The order, signed by the Democratic governor on Tuesday, doesn’t supersede other contracting considerations such as cost or rewarding Vermont-based businesses or ones that manufacture products in Vermont.

Under the order, if all considerations are similar for a given contract, a business that has strong climate change and renewable energy policies will be given favorable treatment over one that does not.

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