Sustainability Plans, Reports & Policies

Sustainability Plans

Washington County's Sustainability Plan outlines the initiatives we plan to achieve through the Sustainability Program and other County departments. The current plan spans five years, from FY 2014 through FY 2018. The plan includes internal and community objectives, activities to be completed, and proposed outcome measures aligned with the goals of the County's sustainability Resolution and Order. 

Washington County Departments have also created their own individual sustainability plans that incorporate initiatives tied to the County's sustainability goals. Each plan was developed using the template below. In addition, many departments created individualized plans for reducing idling in County vehicles.  Departments report annually on the progress made in implementing their plans. A summary of their most recent reports is linked below.

Washington County and OSU Extension Service collaboratively developed a Food System Plan for the county in 2013. Strengthening the county’s food system can improve citizen health and well-being, create local jobs and economic growth, promote social equity and support vibrant agriculture and farms. The plan identifies opportunities to increase coordination and build on existing efforts.

Sustainability Progress Report

The Washington County Board of Commissioners heard a progress report during their February 25, 2014 work session about Washington County's sustainability efforts.  Highlights from the annual progress report (covering FY 2008 - FY 2013) include:

  • A 12 percent reduction in County building energy use (resulting in more than $200,000 in savings)
  • A 37 percent increase in County recycling, and a 13 percent reduction in garbage
  • An expanded sustainability education program, targeting employee awareness and action
  • An increase in the number of Washington County electrical permits issued for renewable energy projects

The Sustainability Program has developed comprehensive reports expanding on the information provided in the annual progress presentations to the Board. The reports include additional tables, a matrix of progress on the work plan activities and more detailed information on the program achievements. 

Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Washington County completed its first inventory of greenhouse gas emissions associated with operations. Using 2008 data, this inventory serves as a baseline against which future inventories may be compared. Information from this report will be used to guide practices throughout the organization with the intention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and identify opportunities for operational cost savings. 

Ultimately, this inventory will help Washington County lower its carbon footprint as sustainable improvements are made.

Sustainability Policies & Guidelines

Washington County has adopted policies that reflect a commitment to sustainable operations and practices.