In recognition of Earth Day, the City of Tacoma highlights its progress toward sustainable operations through reduction in paper, electricity and petroleum fuel in its Earth Day report found at www.cityoftacoma.org/sustainability.
"We take seriously our responsibility to reduce wasteful consumption,” said Environmental Policy & Sustainability Manager Kristi Lynett. “It benefits our citizens and our planet's finite resources."
Here’s a summary of how the City is reducing its environmental footprint:
Paper: The City reduced copier paper consumption by 50 percent in 2012 from 2011 and by 88 percent from 2009. This is the equivalent of saving more than 10,000 trees since 2009.
Energy: The State Electronics Challenge awarded Tacoma with bronze recognition for its achievements in decreasing the environmental footprint of its computer equipment. The City purchases computer equipment qualified by the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool standard, which extends the life of equipment by reusing it through PC Power Management and the responsible recycling of equipment.
Fuel: From 2010 through 2012, the City avoided spending $1,151,100 on fuel due to reductions in use and fuel costs. These results were from more efficient operations and vehicle purchases, but it also includes an increased use of fleet vehicles and video-conferencing.