The Evergreen State Fair started the Zero Waste initiative in 2014 and has made great progress. In just three years, the Fair has cut down the amount of waste going to the landfill by more than 50%! Check out our progress here on the Zero Waste Fairgrounds webpage.
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.
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. Learn more about the program.
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 on the SOAP Action Updates webpage.