GOAL: Institutionalize sustainability as an agency value.

Objectives:

  • Include sustainability goals in all agency and division plans.
  • Establish a Sustainability Team composed of employees from every
    department. The team will meet at least quarterly, to discuss opportunities, assess agency progress in achieving sustainability plan goals, and make recommendations for future action.
  • Create a process to collect employee suggestions for improving sustainable practices throughout the agency.

GOAL: Raise employee awareness of sustainable practices in the workplace.

Objectives:

  • Post quarterly and annual updates on progress toward achieving sustainability and pollution prevention goals on bulletin boards and the agency intranet.
  • Continue to include waste management and sustainable practices issues in monthly employee safety meetings.
  • Provide online sustainability training opportunities and links on the agency intranet. Recommend that all individual employee training plans include classes about sustainability.

GOAL: Minimize use of materials, energy, and water.

Objectives:

  • Establish baseline energy and water usage levels.
  • Establish a written “turn it off” policy to reduce energy drains from unused office machines, production equipment and small appliances.
  • Expected Outcomes
    • Reduce energy use by 5%
    • Reduce water use by 5%

GOAL: Minimize pollution by shifting to clean energy and reducing hazardous waste.

Objectives:

  • Encourage car-pooling, use of mass transit, and other commute reduction strategies to reduce the amount of energy used by employees in traveling to and from work.
  • Implement a regular inspection and maintenance process to ensure all ventilation systems are operating effectively.
  • Expected Outcomes
    • Reduce the use of fossil fuels for commuters and delivery vehicles.
    • Reduce pollution caused by exhaust.

GOAL: Shift to non-toxic, recycled and remanufactured materials in purchasing and production.

Objectives:

  • Continue to use only processed chlorine-free paper with the highest total and postconsumer recycled content possible for all office paper.
  • Continue to purchase only remanufactured toner cartridges for all copiers and printers, and recycle all used cartridges.
  • Ensure all new and replacement office furniture is constructed of non-toxic, renewable materials, using refinished or surplus furniture whenever possible.
  • Shift purchasing of office supplies to use pens, pencils, clips, etc. that are recyclable and are made from recycled materials.
  • Expected Outcomes
    • Expanded use of recycled and remanufactured process in both production and administration.

GOAL: Expand markets for environmentally preferable products and services.

Objectives:

  • Seek out vendors/suppliers who use sustainable processes and production materials when bidding jobs.
  • Purchase 10% of energy from clean, renewable resources.
  • Amend custodial service contracts to require the use of organic, non-phosphate cleaning agents.
  • Purchase supplies and equipment that support sustainable goals.
  • Expected Outcomes
    • Expanded availability and lower prices for environmentally responsible materials as demand increases.

GOAL: Reduce or eliminate waste as an inefficient or improper use of resources.

Objectives:

  • Establish a system for monitoring and tracking waste produced in all production areas to find opportunities for further reduction.
  • Print two-sided documents whenever possible.
  • Increase employee recycling of glass, aluminum and cardboard.
  • Recycle all fluorescent lights.
  • Expected Outcomes
    • Hazardous waste reduced by 10%.

 

 

 

 

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