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  • Pima County Releases 2016/2017 Sustainability Report Card

    Jan 24, 2018 | Read More News
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    File: Photos of solar panels near the Water and Energy Sustainability Center part of the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department Lab.Pima County is using more solar energy, purchasing additional electric vehicles and improving the quality of water in the Santa Cruz River, as part of progress detailed in its 2016-17 Sustainability Report Card. The Office of Sustainability and Conservation compiles and submits the annual assessment to the Board of Supervisors to fulfill the goals of the 2014 Sustainable Action Plan for County Operations

    Efforts undertaken by County departments and staff to improve the sustainability of its operations have saved more than $1 million in avoided costs while conserving resources and reducing the impact of operations on the environment.

    Download the 2016/2017 Sustainability Report Card

    Highlights from the 2016/2017 Report Card show Pima County:
    • Generated 18,779,262 kWh (kilowatt hours) of solar energy, avoiding approximately 11,000 MtCO2e (metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent) from being released into our atmosphere, a 45 percent improvement relative to the FY 2013/14 baseline.
    • Passed Resolution 2017-39, which committed the County to align its operation efforts with the Paris Climate Agreement by reducing carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2025.
    • Achieved and surpassed two out of the four FY 2018/2019 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency target areas, notably an increase the use of solar energy by 4 million kWh and a 10 percent increase the overall energy efficiency of County facilities.
    • Released a memorandum in June instructing the County to purchase 20 additional electric vehicles for the County’s fleet, the first major step toward the conversion of County fleet to electric vehicles.
    • Improved effluent-dependent Santa Cruz River clarity and quality; increased its recharge levels to about 36,600 acre-feet per year, nearly double the pre-upgrade rate; and significantly reduced odors leaving RWRD’s facilities. Progress has been tracked and reported by the Regional Flood Control District’s Living River Project
    • Achieved and surpassed three out of the four FY 2018/2019 Water Conservation and Management target areas by increasing the number of County parks and miles of trail served by reclaimed water; expanding the number of acres of natural habitat established or maintained by County renewable water sources by 5 percent.
    • Implemented the Self-Care Essentials program in September 2016 with 605 County employees participating followed by a second series in January 2017 with 258 employees. Between both series, the County saw an increase in employees’ Personal Health Record completion, Primary Care Provider utilization and appropriate care facility usage.
    The FY 2016/2017 Sustainability Report Card also identified some sustainability efforts that could use improvement, namely the construction of more resource-efficient buildings. The Office of Sustainability and Conservation is currently working to upgrade the Sustainable Action Plan for County Operations to align with its commitment to the Paris Agreement as well as address the areas in need of special attention.