The Evergreen State Fairgrounds is going zero waste! We've completed the first year of this multi-year effort, and saw significant results. Check out the results of this year's efforts by visiting this link. The 2014 Evergreen State Fair had 30 new Zero Waste Stations with recycling and composting facilities, and Zero Waste Educators helped visitors find the right bin to divert their waste from the landfill. For the 2015 Fair, the County plans to double the number of Zero Waste Stations and work with food vendors to use recyclable or compostable food service packaging.
Resource Conservation Management Program
Snohomish County is taking charge of its environmental footprint and energy spending through its resource conservation management (RCM) program. Snohomish County participates in both Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and Snohomish Public Utility District (SnoPUD)'s Resource Conservation Management Programs. Through these programs, the OES Office measures energy consumption in key County facilities, develops facility goals and improvements to reduce energy consumption, and tracks the impact of those changes over time. Snohomish County saved over 27,607 therms in its first year of the RCM program. That's enough energy to power about 67 homes. More information about this effort can be found here on the SOAP Action Updates webpage.
Energy Smart Loan Program
The Energy Smart Loan program provides Snohomish County residents a below-market financing tool to make energy efficiency or renewable energy improvements to their homes. The program is a partnership with Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union, and the County's capital contribution came from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. To learn more about the program, click here.
Pack It In, Pack It Out
In 2014, Snohomish County Parks is making changes to changes to the setup of waste receptacles. We're asking park visitors to pack out what you bring in, which help keep our parks clean, increase recycling, and help conserve Park resources. More information about this effort can be found here on the SOAP Action Updates webpage.