Office of Energy & Sustainability
Snohomish County's Office of Energy & Sustainability (OES) works to conserve natural resources, reduce our climate impact, and facilitate environmental stewardship. OES partners with departments across County government and in the community to develop innovative programs and policies to actively address environmental challenges.
We joined the Charging Challenge! Snohomish County has joined the Department of Energy's Workplace Charging Challenge! Snohomish County is now one of more than 250 employers across the Country that have signed a pledge to help support electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The County was an early adopter of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, installing electric vehicle charging stations at more than four County facilities in 2011 for both employees and the public to charge their electric vehicles. Interested in joining the Challenge? Visit DOE's website for more information.
Water Benchmark Report. Snohomish County is working to reduce water consumption in our government buildings. Check out the County's first ever Water Benchmark Report here and see how we're doing!
PrintWise. Snohomish County's effort to cut paper consumption by 20% is now three quarters into the one year effort - and the results have been great! Click here to read the latest on the campaign, and how it's helping the county save money, and conserve natural resources.
Zero Waste Fairgrounds. What's fun, lasts 12 days, and is greener than ever? The Evergreen State Fair! This year the Fair has launched it's Zero Waste Fairgrounds campaign, an effort to reduce fair costs by reducing the fair waste that winds up in landfills. Read more about the effort under our Current Projects or in this Everett Herald article.
Energy Smart Loan Report. The report is in, and the results are impressive.The Energy Smart Loan 2-Year Report has been published, and can be read here. The program is a partnership with Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union to help homeowners with their energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Learn more about the Energy Smart Loan program here.
Pack It In, Pack It Out. The Office of Energy & Sustainability has supported the Parks & Recreation Department as they've rolled out the Pack It, In, Pack It Out campaign for cleaner and greener parks. Learn about how it could increase landfill diversion and Parks resources by clicking here.
Lighting Fair. Snohomish County and SnoPUD co-hosted three Lighting Fairs for Snohomish County residents in August, which provided energy-saving lighting kits and powerstrips for residents at reduced prices through the support of SnoPUD. In just the first offering of the Fair, more than 500 CFL and 250 LED light bulbs went home with residents, with the potential to save approximately 76,111 kilowatt hours.Sustainable Operations Action Plan. Snohomish County has a 5-year Sustainable Operations Actions Plan (SOAP)! The Plan renews the County's commitment to take action on climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from government operations. Learn more about the plan here.
Green Purchasing. Snohomish County has new requirements for purchasing "green" products and services, including construction. The new Environmentally Preferable Purchasing and Product Utilization Policy (EPP) establishes rules for considering environmental criteria during procurement. Check out the new Green Product Resource Guide, or browse the content of the County hosted Green Purchasing Workshop.