Pima County recently completed the fourth year of implementation of the Sustainable Action Plan for County Operations adopted by the Board of Supervisors in 2008 and based on the Pima County Sustainability Initiatives adopted by the Board in 2007.
During Fiscal Year 2011-2012, which ended June 30, the County made several advances to increase the sustainability and efficiency of its operations, including:
- Reducing energy expenses by $1.5 million (10 percent) compared to the baseline year of 2008.
- Managing 3.6 megawatts of renewable energy, which represents about 7 percent of the County’s annual energy load and surpassed the 2012 target.
- Increasing the number of alternative fuel vehicles in the Sheriff’s Department’s fleet by 51 percent so they comprise 53 percent of the fleet.
- Increasing employee use of transportation modes other than single-occupant vehicles by 41 percent since 2010.
- Increasing the proportion of office supply dollars spent on ecofriendly products by 276 percent over the baseline year of 2008.
- Increasing the purchase of recycled content paper to 70 percent of all copier/printer paper purchases.
- Increasing the number of County parks served by reclaimed water by 120 percent.
The Sustainable Action Plan for County Operations focuses on alternative fuel vehicles, green building, renewable energy and energy efficiency, green purchasing, land conservation and management, waste reduction, water conservation and carbon footprint reduction; and in 2011-2012 added employee health and wellness goals.
“We are committed to achieving excellence in operational sustainability and efficiency and believe implementation of the Sustainable Action Plan for Pima County Operations, as reflected in the Report Card Year FY 2011-2012, showcases the commitment our employees, colleagues and the community are making to enhance our economy, environment, and the people we serve,” Pima County Administrator C.H. Huckelberry said.
The Sustainable Action Plan for County Operations Year Four Implementation Report Card FY 2011-2012 is available for viewing at www.pima.gov.