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Green Initiatives

The St. Louis County Property Management Department promotes the social, economic, and environmental health of the St. Louis County community through the implementation of sustainable building methods and practices in existing County facilities and future projects.  This commitment to sustainability is demonstrated by the St. Louis County Property Management Energy Conservation Program, which aims to achieve maximum facility operational energy efficiency, lowered energy related costs, and reduced maintenance costs. The program requires prospective architectural and engineering services to demonstrate their understanding and commitment to energy efficiency, energy conservation, renewable energy opportunities, environmental concerns, long life cycle, and low maintenance issues before being selected to work on county projects. Furthermore, building project proposals must meet certain energy saving and sustainability requirements. Below are some of the sustainable building practices and technologies that Property Management is committed to integrating with their work on County facilities. The following techniques are combined in effective ways to improve building efficiency and in turn create a more sustainable County through increased social health, economic stability, and environmental responsibility.

The purpose of developing a sustainability plan for the St. Louis County Property Management Department is to document the vision, goals, and actions that the department is striving to implement in an effort to promote sustainable practices in long-range planning, policies, construction projects, maintenance activities and daily operations. This document will record current efforts toward a more sustainable building portfolio, identify new projects and programs, and help to prioritize where the county should focus its efforts. This plan is a demonstration of the Property Management Department's commitment to implement energy efficient practices and systems in county facilities.

This sustainability plan was developed to function in line with previous County Board of Commissioners’ resolutions and initiatives. Energy costs constitute a large portion of the county's facility operational budget, and with utility costs increasing at least 5% annually (and in some cases as much as 25% annually), energy conservation is most certainly a cost effective area of focus. Energy efficiency and reduced consumption will have a significant impact on the county's budget, which has a direct impact on taxpayers, in the near and long-term.  

St. Louis County Sustainability Plan

Energy Tips for Employees

Things employees can do to help the county save energy, money and reduce our carbon footprint!  Reduce - Reuse - Recycle!

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Close blinds, if provided, on hot days to help reduce air conditioning load.
  • In the winter months, open blinds on south facing windows to allow the sun to naturally help heat your space. Close blinds at night to help reduce heat loss.
  • Upon leaving for the day, holidays, weekends, vacations, etc, turn off your monitor, printers, copiers, fax machines and allow PCs to go into stand-by mode.
  • Turn off office lights when not in use.
  • Make sure lights in meeting rooms, closets, unused space of any sort, are turned off when not in use.
  • Let the County Property Management Department know of any spaces such as those indicated in #5 above, that would be candidates for motion/occupancy sensors.
  • Do not bring in any electrical appliance of any sort including but not limited to space heaters, electric blankets, high wattage lamps from home, fish aquariums that use lights, pumps and filters, cup warmers.
  • Unplug equipment that drains energy when not in use such as cell phone chargers etc.
  • No unapproved county provided refrigerators, coffee brewers or microwaves are allowed.
  • Set your margins wider on your printed documents. This can save huge amounts of paper on a county wide basis.
  • Save even more paper by always using both sides by printing 2-sided or using as scratch paper later.
  • Using Century Gothic (considered a green font) for printed documents cuts ink use by 30%! You’re reading in this font right now.
  • Recycle all office paper. Make sure paper recycling receptacles are located close to printers and copiers. If people have to walk to recycle paper, they may throw it in the trash instead.
  • Share electronic files, voice mail and emails with co-workers rather than creating paper memos.
  • Tele-conference whenever possible rather than driving to various buildings and other parts of the county.
  • Be sure to use the county’s recycling program for plastic and aluminum as well.
  • Use ink-jet printers rather than laser printers. They consume 90% less ink!
  • Please share any energy reduction ideas you have with Property Management and your department.

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