The Whidbey Green Seal Certificate Program publicly recognizes organizations (business, non-profit and tax-supported entities) that actively implement resource conservation measures, demonstrate a culture of environmental awareness in their operational activities, and practice social responsibility in their community.
The Green Seal organization is a frontrunner when it comes to promoting a sustainable and livable economy. In 1989, you could find no environmental non-profit certification program across the US. In that year, the organization set up a tool to support shoppers with finding truly green food and other products across the country, so the Green Seal Certificate program was established as a nonprofit that stands for absolute and indiscriminate integrity.
Over the past three decades, Green Seal’reputation has grown immensely and symbolizes environmental awareness and leadership, and the organization continues to promote and represent sustainable products, food, and services.
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Did You Know?
85% of people in Whatcom County expressed a preference for doing business with companies that are working to save energy and 51% expressed a strong preference. – Data based on a scientific survey completed through Sustainable Connections in Bellingham.
There is an average 10-15% savings potential in utility costs (electricity, natural gas, propane, water, sewer, and waste) over several years, through a focus on improvements in operation and maintenance practices.
Data from PSE Resource Conservation Management program:
80% of CEOs say the financial downturn of some years ago has raised the importance of sustainability and is being recognized as a source of cost efficiencies and revenue growth and a way of driving growth in new markets. – UN Global Compact and Accenture study, “A New Era of Sustainability”
96% of CEOs stated sustainability should be fully embedded into their company strategy and operations (up from 72% in 2008). – UN Global Compact and Accenture study, “A New Era of Sustainability”
88% of CEOs stated sustainability should be embedded throughout the global supply chain. Survey of 766 worldwide CEOs, including 50 in-depth interviews. – UN Global Compact and Accenture study, “A New Era of Sustainability”
83% of Americans want MORE of the products, services, and retailers they use to support causes. The 2015 Cone Cause Evolution Study is the nation’s longest Cause Branding benchmark, the study explores consumer attitudes and expectations of company support for social and environmental issues. – 2015 Cone Cause Evolution Study.
Island County’s Energy Conservation Milestones
Island County’s Energy Conservation Milestones:
1994 – Beginning of spreadsheet tracking of utility cost & consumption.
1996 – Installation of low flow water saving devices on fixtures.
2009 – Using existing staff, our Maintenance Technicians implement the following low-cost, no-cost measures:
- T-stats set points maintained and locked out – heating comes on at 68 and cooling comes come on at 76
- Operating run times for HVAC systems set to shut-down for holiday, weekend and after-hours
- Closed two buildings to ALL meetings after hours in order to turn off HVAC units at the close of the business day, occupied mode set to turn off at 6:00 pm
- Reduced vampire energy
- Lighting upgrades: energy efficient bulbs and automatic controls/sensors
- Upgrades to HVAC equipment in the JDC
- Boilers operate on outside air lockout and a water reset schedule
- Compressors locked out
- Added time clocks and t-stats to all hot water re-circulating pumps
- Continual preventative maintenance program for HVAC equipment in all locations
NOTE – The above low cost/no cost energy saving measures resulted in annual savings of approximately 412,000 kilowatts, 17,000 gallons of heating fuel and $80,000 in associated costs.
2011 – Receive grant from Northwest Clean Air Agency to conduct Greenhouse Gas (carbon) Emissions inventory.
2012 Contracted with Cathy d’Almeida for carbon emissions inventory & climate protection plan. Contract completion March 2012.
Whidbey Green Seal awarded, October 2011
2012 – Board of Island County Commissioner’s adopt Sustainability Resolution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a minimum of 1% per year in our government operations.
July 2014 – Using existing staff, Maintenance Technicians install Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) in our Jail. To date, the installation of two VFDs has resulted in noticeable energy savings. The two VFDs have reduced our consumption by 5,000 – 20,000 kilowatts each month.
2014 to present – re-lamping with LED lights when possible.
- Additional VFDs installed as time and funds allow
- Updating the Jail HVAC systems (Public Works)
- Lighting retrofits
- Green Team