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2011 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

Our Report

Our first GRI report covers Ecology's 2012 fiscal year (July 1, 2011 thru June 30, 2012). Some of the report data is for calendar year 2011 (January 1, 2011 thru December 31, 2011) due to current record-keeping practices. The report period represents half of the biennial fiscal period. We plan to produce updated GRI reports every other year (biennially).

A copy of the report in ADOBE Portable Document Format (PDF) is available thru this link:

We welcome all questions, comments, and feedback regarding this report. Please email the GRI Report Team at Don't forget to include your contact information if you request a reply.

Process for defining report content:

Determining materiality: Ecology’s cross-program Sustainability Team determined that the boundaries of materiality for this report include:

  • The geographic boundary of Washington State,
  • The authorized jurisdiction as prescribed by the Washington State Legislature, and
  • The 14 indicator category aspects & impacts selected, based on previous Governor Executive Order-based reporting to Washington State’s Office of Financial Management, Legislative directives, resource conservation opportunities, and GRI’s Application Level C requirements.

Stakeholder input on report materiality came through our Sustainability Team environmental program representatives who represent all programs within Ecology and communicate regularly with their stakeholders about multiple issues and priority concerns. We considered the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines 3.1 when developing this report, including the Guidance on Defining Report Content and the associated principles.

Prioritizing topics within the report: Ecology prioritized report topics based on their level of materiality described previously and due to the relationship between Ecology’s ten major environmental programs and the GRI report topics.

Identifying stakeholders the organization expects to use the report: Each program within Ecology has a wide array of tools and mandates to reach for stakeholder input on an ongoing basis and in particular on various projects during different phases of their development and implementation. Stakeholder’s interests and potential use of this report was determined by representatives of each of the mentioned programs, bringing the interest and “voice” of the stakeholders to the table.

This report encompasses the ten environmental programs within Ecology as well as the Administration Program. Ecology staff collected and compiled the data and wrote the report. All information contained in this report has been reviewed and verified with management. The director of Ecology has been a key player and significant proponent on adopting the tenets and principles of GRI within the department.

Ecology expects the following interested stakeholders may make use of this report:

Businesses Local governments
Business & trade associations Other state agencies and commissions
Citizens Port districts
Citizens groups Public utility districts
Environmental organizations State legislators
EPA and other federal agencies Tribes
Irrigation districts Labor unions
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The report boundary is geographically limited to the State of Washington and covers all operations of the agency originating from its headquarters, regional, and field offices. The boundary does not encompass activities of other entities funded with pass through funds (grants and loans) from Ecology’s Capital Budget.

Ecology outsourced some support services and consulting work under two categories in calendar year (CY) 2011: personal and purchased services contracts. These represent approximately 15 percent (five and ten percent respectively) of the total agency expenditures excluding grants.

The report boundary also generally does not include vendors or suppliers, although Ecology does have policies in place and is working on this as an area for ongoing improvement.

GRI is an excellent sustainability prioritization tool since it allows you to track performance across all sustainability aspects that your organization has deemed relevant.