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Sustainability Practices Matter to Washington Attorney General McKenna

May 26, 2010
Attorney General Rob McKenna and his staff in the Washington State Office of the Attorney General (OAG) have had a sustainability program in place for several years. When I needed some background information about green buildings, I rang up the Washington AG’s Office because they were one of the first government agencies I knew with a LEED certified builidng. With the personal commitment and leadership of AG McKenna, the Washington OAG follows sustainable business policies and practices. Their record of accomplishments in the past six years is impressive. Cami Feek is the Sustainability Officer in addition to her position as Facilities and Office Services Director. It’s a logical nexus of roles. Green aspects are closely aligned to building issues and administrative support functions.  
Cami shared their best practices with me, including their Sustainability Policy. Click here to read it. It is a comprehensive document. It incorporates the principles of a Green Charter discussed in an earlier blog and goes even further and sets out specific policies all staff are expected to follow, e.g. default duplex printing, recycling, composting where available in their facilities, and environmentally preferable purchasing. Washington exemplifies so many of the best practices recommended by GreenWorksGov, including having a slogan. Their slogan is “Working green, making a difference.”  The OAG has a program overview document that I really like,"Sustainability Program", a one-page published synopsis of their program goals, accomplishments, future plans, and best practices. It is a handy, well-scripted reference document that would show well on the Internet or Intranet and serves as a useful hand-out in briefings. 
I’ve invited Cami to guest author an upcoming blog or two and she’s agreed.  There is a lot we can learn from Washington and the environmental benefits and cost efficiencies they’ve garnered by going green. I’ll leave you with this one example. The OAG has reduced their paper consumption by more than 20% since 2004! Look for Cami’s guest blog soon. 
GreenWorksGov salutes AG Rob McKenna for his vision and commitment to instituting sustainable business practices as a core agency value. 
 
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