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Eco Council Brings Green Practices to DHS

In September 2008, former Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato announced the launch of “Allegheny Green”, an initiative designed to promote sustainable practices within county government. In response, DHS chose environmental sustainability as the focus for its annual 2008 Local Government Case Competition, receiving great guidance and ideas from the competing teams. To implement the recommendations from the competition and to meet the growing need for green and sustainable practices at a departmental level, DHS instituted its own Eco Council in 2009 comprised of self-selected volunteer staff members.

The DHS Eco Council’s overall goals are to develop policies, programs, incentives and awareness of green and sustainable practices. While their most recent accomplishment is the implementation of the new PDF Icon printer policy, they have played an instrumental role in promoting other earth-friendly departmental changes, which include:

  • Instituting a recycling and waste reduction PDF Icon policy in October 2010
  • Placing paper recycling and shredding containers in downtown and regional offices
  • Eliminating paper phone books
  • Posting manuals, instructions and DHS News newsletters on the website
  • Adopting day cleaning as an energy conservation and cost reduction method practice at DHS facilities.

“We have been able to accomplish many great things in the past few years with a small, dedicated group of volunteers, but there are still many changes we can make to be more eco friendly,” said Brian Bell, Eco Council Chair. “The Eco Council will continue to find ways to reduce paper and energy consumption, and most importantly, we will continue to help staff members creatively reduce our eco footprint.”

The Eco Council is always open to new members; however, supervisory approval is required to participate. To learn more, please visit the Sustainability section of the DHS Intranet or email DHS-Ecocouncil@AlleghenyCounty.US

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