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Welcome to the Benton County Sustainability website! Benton County Departments and Divisions work everyday to implement sustainability into projects and programs. Sustainable actions include saving and using available resources efficiently, investing in the future, and creating new processes that support enhancement and stability for the local economy, environment, and communities. The website provieds an overview of current project work with links to web pages with diverse resources to support departments and divisions in developing and implementing sustainability. There are many resources for others interested in the Benton County Sustainability history, goals, objectives, and current projects/programs.
The Benton County Sustainability Report 2013 is available for download and review! Thanks to all county staff and partners that supported sustainability!
The Sustainability Committee (Review Benton County Sustainability Committee Minutes and Agendas) is focused on meeting specific goals in the Benton County Sustainability Policy (2002) and supporting county employees, managers, elected officials to take actions to promote sustainable practices within county government. The ‘initial step, that all departments shall focus on internal government operations’ (Sustainability Policy 2002) included the following goals that support project and program development:
Since 2012 Benton County has provided for a part-time Sustainability Coordinator in order to:
Starting in the 2012 the Benton County Sustainability Committee projects have included the following major project highlights (led by the Sustainability Coordinator):
The 2014 Sustainability Committee is building on the 2012-2013 successes with a major focus on Waste and Energy Sustainability Metrics and Progress Report whilde developing a baseline track progress towards goals and objectives.
Since 2001 Benton County Board of Commissioners have selected staff and the occasional department for completing sustainability projects that go ‘above and beyond’ standard everyday actions (see list of past Sustainability Award recipients).
The 2013 Benton County Sustainability Award went to Sayard Schultz, On-Call Corrections Deputy, Benton County Sheriff’s Office. Sayard continuously promotes sustainable actions in her department and throughout Benton County. Sayard's most notable accomplishments include:
Sayard continues to enthusiastically support the Benton County sustainability projects as an energetic and knowledgeable member of the Benton County Sustainability
The 2012 Benton County Sustainability Award went to Lonny Wunder, Fairgrounds Manager and Chris Bielenberg Fairgrounds Manager for the 'Fairgrounds Solar Array Project'.
Chris and Lonny worked with the volunteer Fairgrounds Board and local contractors, along with the Oregon Department of Energy to construct a livestock building powered by 306 roof-top solar modules funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The Fairgrounds Solar Array will meet nearly a quarter of the fairgrounds’ annual energy needs and cut energy costs by $4,200 per year. The 82,700 kilowatt hours of solar-generated electricity will avoid 1.1 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions – equivalent to reducing automobile travel by 121,724 miles a year or planting 7.7 acres of trees. read more…
Inside the 12,000-square-foot space a Solar Education Center displays information about the solar array, providing hundreds of local students with the opportunity to learn how the sun’s energy can be turned into electricity. The center was funded by the Oregon Department of Energy using Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funds from the Energy Department.
Benton County has developed the Benton County Sustainability Metrics and Progress Report as a way to capture and share priority data with staff and residents. The Progress Report metrics and process for completion will focus on compiling, creating, and reviewing information for the priority categories of:
•Employees: Development and Wellness;
•Facilities: Energy, Natural Gas, Water;
•Transportation : Alternative Transportation, Fuel Usage, Travel Policy
•Waste Reduction: Trash, Recycling and Composting;
•Purchasing: Survey, Cost Analysis, Sustainable Substitutes
Sustainability metrics will be tracked on a routine basis to determine trends that inform staff/managers within all county departments. Staff and managers are encouraged to provide information to the Project Coordinator.
For more information on the Benton County Sustainability program, please contact Adam Stebbins, Benton County Sustainability Coordinator, 541-766-6085.
Benton County government must simultaneously meet environmental, economic, and community needs throughout our county. We must use, develop and protect our resources at a rate and in a manner that enables people to meet their current needs and also preserve resources for future generations.