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  • Pima County continues its progress on sustainability goals

    Mar 12, 2014 | Read More News
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    Pima County has completed the fifth year of implementation of the Sustainable Action Plan for County Operations adopted by the Board of Supervisors in 2008 and based on the Pima County Sustainability Initiative adopted by the Board in 2007.

    Year 5 Report CardDuring Fiscal Year 2012-2013, which ended June 30, the County made several advances to increase the sustainability and efficiency of its operations, including:
    • Increased the number of environmentally friendly vehicles so that 44 percent of the County’s fleet vehicles are now flex-fuel, alternative fuel, or hybrid vehicles.
    • Added more than 5 megawatts (MW) of solar to its renewable energy portfolio.
    • Expanded the recycling options for employees and the public; and sent 46 percent less waste to the landfill than in 2008 and 31.5 percent less than FY 2011-2012.
    • Completed the Pima Emergency Communications and Operations Center, which meets 60 percent of the water efficiency credits to qualify for LEED Silver designation. The Center is part of Pima County’s Wireless Integrated Network that will provide a regional communications center to operate during public safety emergencies.
    • The Green Building Program, sponsored by Development Services, offered ten training sessions last year with 347 building professionals and members of the public attending, surpassing its target.
    • Acquired 2,354 acres of land for open space conservation purposes.
    • Increased equipment testing of 100 percent post-consumer recycled content paper to determine compatibility with County-operated copiers and printers.
    • Increased the number of times employees participated in one or more wellness programs by 64 percent over the last year.
    • Published its second greenhouse gas inventory.

    Five Year SummaryClick on the cover of the 5 Year Summary of Achievements for 2008-2013 to see the full report. Since the adoption of the Sustainable Action Plan for County Operations, the County reduced costs and consumption, operated more sustainably and efficiently, and demonstrated the ongoing success and effectiveness of the County’s sustainability policies. Since 2008, the Sustainable Action Plan for County Operations has been successfully implemented through the collaboration of County departments and the dedicated and volunteer efforts of more than 200 County employees. Highlights of the 5 Year Summary include:
    • Savings of $7,136,000 in energy costs to Pima County.
    • Production of 7 megawatts of renewable energy for use in County facilities.
    • Acquisition of 27,354 acres of natural open space lands for conservation.
    • Some 22 County parks are now served by reclaimed water.
    • Hybrid vehicles comprise 44 percent of County fleet and 60 percent in Sheriff’s fleet.
    • Solar One Stop Center opened in Public Works Building.
    • Employee alternative modes of transportation increased by 41 percent.
    • Installation of 16 electric vehicle charging stations for public and employee use.
    • LEED Silver standards achieved for all new County facilities over 5,000 square feet.
    • Pima County awarded LEED for Homes provider status by U.S. Green Building Council.
    • Increase of 318 percent of purchase and use of “eco-friendly” office supplies.
    • Waste sent to the landfills from County facilities reduced by 46 percent.
    • Increased employee participation in health and wellness programs by 64 percent.

    "We are committed to achieving excellence in operational sustainability and efficiency and believe implementation of the Sustainable Action Plan for Pima County Operations, as reflected in the Report Card Year FY 2012-2013 and 5 Year Summary of Achievements, showcase the commitment our employees, colleagues, and the community are making to enhance our economy, environment, and the people we serve,” Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry said.

    Click on the cover of the Sustainable Action Plan for County Operations Year Five Implementation Report Card FY 2012-2013 to see the full report. It is also available for viewing on the Office of Sustainability and Conservation’s Sustainability Programs Division website.