The Office of Sustainability Moves to Sustainable Resources Division

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The Office of Sustainability is moving for the fifth time in eight-and-a-half years! While I have enjoyed each and every stop along the way I am hoping to find my home at Planning & Public Works in the Sustainable Resources division. Aligning the Office of Sustainability with programs focused on waste reduction, recycling and environmental education makes a lot of sense. We share interests in managing our resources and educating our coworkers and residents about sustainable living. The Office of Sustainability has been around for almost nine years now but as I join efforts with Sustainable Resources I am realizing it is just a child in the eyes of their 30-year-old environmental education program. A recent EnviroEd newsletter featured an overview of the program and its lasting educational efforts that…
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Why Electric Vehicles are Ideal in Pierce and Snohomish Counties

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I recently tried to buy a Chevy Bolt in Pierce County. When I called around to local dealers no one had one in stock. One dealership offered to get a Bolt from their Olympia dealership.  The state sales tax incentive was running out (will be gone by May 31st) and I was finally ready to buy a Chevy Bolt with its improved battery (that goes over 230 miles on a charge) but they were almost all in King County. For many dealerships these electric cars are money losers and are only around as compliance cars that allow them to sell their less fuel-efficient trucks and SUV’s. These cars also don’t need much maintenance so they cannot expect to make money on oil changes and other maintenance that internal combustion engines…
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Do Something Good This Earth Month

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April is earth month and that is a chance to reflect on how we value the air, water and land that we live on. Take a look through the below ideas of things you can do (or do something else) and send me an email (rdicks@co.pierce.wa.us) with the tag line #DoSomethingGood and a short description of your effort and you will be entered to win free lunch with the Sustainability Manager or other prizes. Go to the Sustainability Expo Tacoma offers a great resource to South Sound residents in the annual South Sound Sustainability Expo Saturday April 14th. I will be there talking sustainability and I always learn new things about areas that interest me in the sustainability field. Create a Rain Garden  Two months ago I made an impassioned plea that we…
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The 2017 Sustainability Survey By the Numbers

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The 2017 Sustainability Survey By the Numbers 100% of employees in the Executive's Office, Economic Development, Communications and the Family Justice Center consider Sustainability in their work. 95% of Pierce County employees receive and utilize free parking at work. 94% of employees know that we have dramatically cleaned up our Wood Smoke problem. 94% of employees know that most stormwater is untreated before it enters local streams, lakes or Puget Sound. 92% of Pierce County employees consider sustainability in their job. 92% know LED light bulbs are the best for long lasting energy efficiency 88% would like to have a water bottle filler available at their work location. 83% of employees are concerned about Climate Change and already have or will make changes to their lifestyle. 81% read the Sustainability…
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The 2017 Sustainability Survey is Coming…Are You Ready?

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Employees that consider sustainability in their work save the county money, limit waste and protect human and environmental health. Once a year we gather as departments to show what we know but also to allow employees to provide insight into how we can solve sustainability challenges. The Sustainability 2020 plan calls for important changes over the coming years and making sure employees are up to date in training is critical to meeting the goals of the plan. The Sustainability Survey will take place from October 16 - October 27th. If you have not received sustainability training and would like to before the survey here are some options. Sustainability Training consists of: An overview of the 2016 Annual Report  a review of Electric Vehicles and Green Driver Training Sustainability training is available at…
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