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It Takes A Team

June 2014

Sustainability Office Partners With Community and Government to Go Green

EcoHarfordThe mission of the Sustainability Office is to develop comprehensive partnerships, policies and programs to increase operational efficiency through comprehensive decision-making whereby economic, environmental and community perspectives are considered to efficiently use and reuse the County’s resources while reducing operating costs and our environmental footprint.

Sustainability Office Staff:
Erin Ferriter, Ph.D. –
Sustainability Coordinator

Marlana McKenna –
Administrative Specialist II

In May of 2011, the Sustainability Office was created as a Division within the Department of Administration through an executive order. The initial focus was internal operations with the objective of leading by example – recognizing that we may not be able to accomplish all that we set out to, but we must take a look at ourselves before we reach out to the community. In addition, successfully integrating sustainable decision-making into our operations requires a team approach; as a result since the establishment of the office, we have partnered with the County Departments & Agencies along with the Harford County Public Schools, Harford County Public Libraries and Harford County Sheriff’s Office on various projects. The projects vary from employee challenges, completing energy efficiency audits and retrofits to managing the County’s aboveground and underground storage tanks and developing an employee recognition program. Each opportunity and project builds upon the idea of efficiently using and reusing the County’s resources. To further this commitment to sustainability, the County recently adopted two reduction goals and an Energy and Resource Management Plan to establish strategies and measures to achieve energy and resource efficiency goals for Harford County Government:

• Reduce per square foot electricity usage in County Government owned buildings 15% by 2018

• Reduce on-road fuel usage in County Government owned vehicles 20% by 2018

Now with a solid foundation of sustainable practices across County Departments and Agencies, we are ready to develop new programs and partnerships to connect with the community. The goal is the same – efficiently using and reusing our resources to save money and reduce our environmental footprint – yet we will be learning from and working with the community to develop new ideas and strategies to green Harford County. I95

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