ACOE hosts thousands of visitors each year and recognizes its responsibility to adopt and develop "best practices" for sustainable resource use. Recently, illness ACOE has taken steps to reduce its environmental impact and educate employees, doctor visitors, schools, and the community about sustainable practices.
In the last year, ACOE has:
- passed a board resolution to establish a "green team" and develop environmental leadership
- hosted a "green fair" to connect employees with local resources
- installed energy efficient lighting throughout the building
- installed a dishwasher, ice & water dispenser, food warmer and refrigerator in the conference center to help reduce disposable cups, plates and food storage
- reduced office supply deliveries from 5 days a week to two days a week to reduce packaging and fuel
- offered e-waste collection in association with EPA approved e-Recycling of California
- expanded recycling of paper, bottles and cans and has increased the size of the recycling dumpster
- reduced trash pickup from 5 days per week to three days per week saving over $500 each month
- replaced an older, fuel inefficient courier van with a hybird that uses 50% less fuel per week
- implemented preferred purchasing policies that mandate EPEAT rated computer equipment for new purchases and compostable flatware in the cafe
The Alameda County Office of Education has installed displays throughout the building to encourage employees and visitors to practice environmentally sustainable habits. The displays are located in key locations that are sure to garner attention. New flyers are posted periodically to promote new green events and initiatives. Each elevator and restroom is equipped with a flyer holder to help get the word out.
On March 10th, 2009, the Alameda County Board of Education and County Superintendent passed resolution #1867 which established a "green team" to "develop and recommend policies for adoption that meet state standards, lighten the agency’s environmental footprint, and integrate environmental education and student participation into school–wide environmental initiatives, including using partnerships with environmental education providers, both nonprofit and public agencies." The green team will provide an annual report on the agency's environmental footprint on or near Earth Day annually.