Sustainability Plans, Reports & Policies

Sustainability Plans

Washington County's Sustainability Plan outlines what we plan to achieve through our Sustainability Program. The first plan was a two-year plan adopted in 2009, and the current plan covers 2012-2013. 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 2008-2013) include:

  • A 12 percent reduction in County building energy use (resulting in nearly $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

In spring 2013, the Sustainability Program developed a written report expanding on the information provided in the 2012 progress presentation to the Board. It also includes appendices showing the status of sustainability plan work activities and the data analyzed to assess progress toward program goals.

Note: The 2013 Sustainability Program Progress Report will be published here in Spring 2014.

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.