Reducing our energy use and supporting a healthy environment

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As a department, we plan for the future by integrating an environmental ethic into our everyday activities. We know that small steps can have a big impact in helping us achieve our mission of supporting healthy people, a healthy environment, and strong communities.

We continue to work to support a healthy environment by reducing electricity and gas consumption at our facilities. This year, we are on track to complete more than 20 retrofit projects that reduce utility use, including LED lighting upgrades, variable frequency drive installations, a boiler replacement, and others. So far this year, we have collected $117,000 in utility conservation rebates from Seattle City Light and Puget Sound Energy. All of that money is reinvested in reducing the department’s utility consumption.