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2014 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Greenhouse Gas Emissions     FY2013
Totals in Metric Tons of CO2
Fleet Fuel Use 141.5
Generator Diesel 4.4
Stationary Combustion (Natural Gas) 237.8
Purchased Electricity 2,548.8
TOTAL:   2,932.5

Greenhouse Gas Emissions     FY2013
Indirect Emissions from Business Travel
Totals in Metric Tons of CO2
Employee-owned Vehicle Business Travel 181.53
Employee Air Travel 419.70
Employee Commuting N/A*
*N/A = Not available. Ecology does not require employees to provide commuting data; however, periodic Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) surveys indicate that approximately 30% of employees at Ecology’s Headquarters/SWRO building do some type of commute reduction. Ecology also offers and encourages videoconferencing as an alternative to business travel.

Initiatives to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Ecology implemented some specific projects to reduce GHG emissions:

  • Purchased and installed four publically available electric vehicle (EV) charging stations capable of charging eight EVs.
  • Moving forward with plans to purchase an EV to add to its general motor fleet, which includes 40% hybrid vehicles.
  • New facilities and major remodels of existing facilities will meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Standards or better.
  • Replacing the aging Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) infrastructure at our Headquarters/SWRO facility with energy-efficient components that use a more environmentally-friendly refrigerant product.

Ecology also engages employees in GHG emission reduction through the following initiatives:

  • Sustainability planning and reporting through the Global Reporting Initiative.
  • Biannual audits of facility waste streams.
  • Commute Trip Reduction program.

Ecology is required to report GHG emissions to the Governor’s Office every two years. The Second Biennial Progress Report published in December 2012 summarizes GHG emissions for all state agencies.