DENR employee sustainability projects saves money
DENR employees frequently use their good judgment and resourcefulness to save money and resources. This determination to better manage the environment and natural resources includes the DENR workplace as well.
Starting in 1999, legislation directed state agencies to develop and incorporate policies and practices into their daily operations that preserve natural resources, conserve energy, eliminate waste and emissions, and lessen overall environmental impacts. In 2000, DENR’s sustainability team was commissioned to help DENR employees meet the sustainability goals and cost savings mandated by the governor and state laws.
In the last 13 years, DENR sustainability projects have saved the department millions of dollars. Sustainability is not just good environmental stewardship; it is a part of good business because it reduces wasteful use of time and money. Every year, DENR calls for nominations for the DENR Sustainability Awards to honor DENR employees for the best sustainability projects. Projects from past years have been large and small, but all have been outstanding examples of sustainability in the DENR workplace. Here are a few examples of the hundreds of DENR employees’ sustainability projects during the past 13 years:
Do you know of a great DENR project that saved time, money, and/or resources? Consider nominating the project and people who completed the project for this year’s DENR Sustainability Awards by the end of December!
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The DENR Sustainability Team is composed of representatives from 27 DENR divisions, offices and programs. Its mission is "to inspire a culture of sustainability within DENR by promoting environmentally responsible actions." More information on DENR Sustainability is available at portal.ncdenr.org/web/sustainability/home
Information on sustainability in buildings and lands in North Carolina is available on the state sustainability team NC Project Green website, www.ncprojectgreen.org.