Sustainability Projects

Upcoming Events

September 2021

Sustainability Series: Healthy People Healthy Planet

Tuesday, September 14, 3:00-4:00 PM

Take a second to think about the food in your pantry.  What are the ingredients?  Where did it come from?  What type of packaging does it come in?  How healthy is it?

Most of the time, foods that are bad for us are also bad for the planet.  Chips, for example, hurt the planet because the ingredients come from giant monocultures that use lots of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and are packaged in single-use plastics.  They are also bad for our health because they’re high in fat and salt while containing almost no nutrients.

Conversely, foods that are good for us are usually much better for the planet! 

Join Sustainability on September 14th from 3:00-4:00 PM on Teams to learn about how to make our meals both healthier and greener.  We’ll play a game, and there will be prizes for all who attend!

Click here to download the meeting invitation!

We look forward to seeing you there!


Recent Events

June-August 2021

Move More Challenge


The Move More Challenge rewards employees for all trips that are not driving. Washington County is sponsoring a team and encouraging active transportation. Participants log all non-driving trips, such as bicycling (includes e-bike and stationary bike), walking (includes hiking and running), taking transit, using an electric or kick scooter, skating and skateboarding! Any time you get around by active transportation options, whether it is for fun, transportation or exercise, it counts for the challenge. The Challenge runs through August 31.

Download this flyer for information about joining and participating in the Challenge. Here's a one-pager on logging trips that aren't Point A to Point B, such as a neighborhood walk, run, hike or ride. 

July 2021

Plastic Free July Kick Off

Thursday, July 1

Topics covered include:

  • Reasons why plastics can harm the environment
  • Tips and information about reducing single-use plastics
  • Recipes for making your own green cleaners from household products
  • Reminder to watch Horizons all month for more resources and information

June 2021

Street Trust Bike Commute ClinicWednesday, June 23

Topics covered include:

  • Basics of riding – laws, traffic signals and signs, how to handle bike lanes, bike boxes, tracks, and sidewalks
  • Skills – hand signals, turning, sharing the lane, and changing lanes
  • Choosing gear – bikes, helmets, lights, locks, accessories, cold and rain gear, carrying kids and cargo
  • Route planning – resources and taking bicycles on transit
  • E-bikes & Scooters – interacting safely with all road users
  • Q&A – answers to questions from new or experienced riders

May 2021

Bike to Work Day Selfie Contest, May 21

National Bike to Work Day was May 21! The Sustainability Division is hosted a competition for County staff who sent in a bike selfie taken on Friday, May 21. Whether staff rode their bike to the office, took a “fake commute” in their neighborhood before working remotely, or took a ride with your family at the park during your lunch break, they sent in their best shots and won prizes.   


April 2021

Earth Day Proclamation, April 20

At the Board of County Commissioners meeting, we reaffirmed Washington County's commitment to sustainability and highlighted our Strategic Energy Management program work. Listen to the proclamation via the Washington County Youtube site.  The proclamation begins at around 49:40 into the Board meeting. 



The Sustainability Series provides training opportunities of one-hour or less on a variety of topics throughout the year. Trainings are held online using the Microsoft Teams platform. Links to the trainings are provided here at least one week prior to each event, or can be provided as an Outlook calendar event by emailing

This series is open to all Washington County employees with supervisor approval, and members of the general public. If you have questions about the events, please contact


Sustainability Annual Report Tuesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 29

We shared about achievements toward the County's FY 2020 goals and other recent environmental, economic, social and community sustainability accomplishments. You can learn more by reading the FY 2020 Sustainability Annual Report