In Your Office

There are many ways employees can help make Washington County a more sustainable place to work. Employees are encouraged to use sustainable strategies and best practices in order to be good stewards of County resources. 

Here are key areas where employees are taking steps to advance sustainability in day-to-day operations.

If you are a Washington County employee, you can use the self-training tools below to better understand our policies and activities.

Understand Sustainability

Washington County recognizes the role and responsibility for public agencies to protect and conserve natural resources, use financial resources effectively and efficiently, and celebrate the achievements of a healthy and productive organization.

Sustainability at Work begins with understanding how you can better serve the public, conserve resources, and improve the work environment for yourself and your coworkers.

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Conserve Energy

Washington County is working hard to reduce building energy use to save money and conserve resources.

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Recycling at Washington County offices is similar to residential curbside recycling in Washington County -- most paper, plastic and metal is combined in one mixed recycling bin and glass is collected separately.

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Reduce Waste

Washington County is also trying to reduce the amount of garbage generated. Recycling is one way to do this, but reducing consumption and reusing items are even better.

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Active and Sustainable Transportation

Washington County is working to expand and develop safe routes for pedestrians and cyclists while reducing the impact of our operations on air quality.

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TriMet Pass Program

The County encourages employees to utilize public transit. All regular employees are eligible for a free annual TriMet pass. TriMet operates mass transit throughout the Portland metropolitan region, including Washington County. Employees should consider their commute options and contact Human Resources to receive their annual pass. 

  • Watch TriMet's videos called How to Ride Max for general tips on how to ride. Know that your employee pass is a valid substitute for buying a ticket so long as you have it with you.
  • Review and practice with the TriMet Trip Tools.

Employee Suggestion Program

Washington County values input from employees! The Employee Suggestion Program is designed to gather sustainable ideas that save the County money or improve efficiency of operations.  To learn more, read the program overview.  To learn about the suggestions implemented in the program, read the latest summary.

Beaverton Transit Center MAX Station recycle-garbage pair bike rack at County