Sustainability Plans, Reports & Policies
- Read the 2014-18 Sustainability Plan
- Read the 2012-13 Sustainability Plan
- Read the 2009-11 Sustainability Work Plan
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 and addendum below. In addition, many departments created individualized plans for reducing idling in County vehicles; an example is shown below. Count departments report annually on the progress made in implementing their plans. Summaries of recent reports are linked below.
- Department Sustainability Plan Template
- Department Sustainability Plan Addendum
- Example Department Idle Reduction Plan
- 2015 Summary of Department Sustainability Reports
- 2014 Summary of Department Sustainability Reports
- 2013 Summary of Department Sustainability Reports
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 presentation about the County's sustainability progress during their February 23, 2016 work session. Washington County is taking disciplined, thoughtful steps that are in the best interest of the organization and community, now and in the future. The County recognizes its responsibility to conserve natural resources, be fiscally responsible and celebrate the achievements of a productive and equitable organization.
Highlights from the annual progress report (FY 2015) include:
- The program's holistic approach includes many opportunities for employee engagement, education and awareness
- Successes include a 23% decrease in energy use, a 15% decrease in garbage and a 15% decrease in fleet fuel use since 2008
- Sustainability efforts are paying off, including $350,000 saved from reducing building energy and vehicle fuel use
- The County received the Green Business Award in recognition for implementing best practices in sustainability
The Sustainability Program develops summary reports expanding on the information provided in the annual progress presentations to the Board. The reports include additional detail and information on the program achievements.
- Read the 2015 Sustainability Program Progress Summary
- Read the 2014 Sustainability Program Progress Summary
- Read the 2013 Sustainability Program Progress Report
- Read the 2012 Sustainability Program Progress Report
Greenhouse Gas Inventory
Highlights from the latest report include:
- Total GHG emissions from County operations showed a -7% drop
- Emissions per full-time equivalent employee (FTE) showed a -10% drop
- Scope 1 and 2 emissions combined (electricity and fuels) showed a -19% drop
The County would like to reduce the negative impacts of GHG emissions on human health, economies and the environment for current and future generations. This report will be used to engage County leaders to help manage risk, reduce climate impacts and inform investment decisions to cut emissions.
- Read the 2008-2014 Greenhouse Gas Inventory of Internal Operations
- Read the 2008 Greenhouse Gas Inventory of Internal Operations
Sustainability Policies & Guidelines
- Sustainability Resolution & Order (2009)
- Sustainability Resolution & Order - Attachment A (2009)
- Idling Reduction Guidelines (2010)
- Sustainable Purchasing Policy & Guidelines (2012)
- Office Kitchen Guidelines & Tip Sheet (2012)
- Sustainable Meeting Guidelines & Meeting Guideline Flyer (2013)
- Healthy Meeting Guidelines (2013)