Moving towards sustainability, the
City of Salem
has embraced a comprehensive, multi-year approach to achieve EarthWISE certification in most of the city’s offices and buildings. Efforts include: comprehensive recycling and waste reduction programs; energy audits and system upgrades; weatherization, water conservation efforts, and adopting administrative guidelines and policies for green purchasing.
Offices currently certified are:
Information Technology Department
Public Works / Willow Lake Water Pollution Control Facility
Public Works / City Shops Complex
Salem Public Library
Urban Development / Airport Division
Urban Development / Director's Office
Urban Development / Parking Services
The Marion County Dog Shelter is excited to announce that we are EarthWISE certified! Our shelter takes in stray dogs for Marion County where they are given a clean, warm place to stay while getting some much needed love. The facility ensures their well-being by using least toxic cleaning products and reusing donated towels and blankets. To reduce energy costs, we have motion sensors to turn off lights in empty rooms and we turn off our computers when not in use.
Marion County Public Works Silverton Rd. Campus is EarthWISE certified. Besides an extensive recycling program, our campus participates in waste reduction efforts such as an office supply exchange, offering reusable dishware, and composting food scraps. Whenever possible, we also purchase items with recycled content and use least toxic green cleaning products.
Striving to operate sustainably, 20 Department of Administrative Services
(DAS) buildings have met the criteria to become EarthWISE Certified. Some of the environmental practices they follow include: comprehensive recycling in all buildings; switch to green cleaning products, upgraded lighting and HVAC systems; extensive water and energy conservation policies; and developed green teams and outreach for building occupants.
The buildings are:
|Archives||North Mall Office|
|Employment||Property Distribution Center|
|General Services||Real Estate|
|General Services Annex ||Revenue|
|Human Services||State Data Center|
|Labor and Industries||State Motor Pool|
The Central Distribution Center (CDC), which provides logistics support for the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC), is EarthWISE certified. CDC’s goal is to reduce environmental impacts and increase efficiencies by focusing on sustainable operations, reducing waste, providing opportunities for offenders to develop job skills, and educating staff and offenders about sustainable practices. CDC is the hub for recycling, re-use, and repurposing of materials that come back from other DOC facilities.
The staff at Mill Creek Correctional Facility is proud to announce that we are EarthWISE certified! By implementing facility-wide sustainability programs we are living up to EarthWISE standards and saving our state money. Conserving water, implementing a 100 percent recycling program, installing fluorescent lighting, and using recycled paper products are just some of the ways we are practicing sustainability.
The Oregon State Penitentiary has become the first correctional facility in Marion County to be EarthWISE certified. After many years of striving to increase cost savings through energy upgrades, this historic institution began to look toward other sustainable measures to reduce waste. Vastly expanding their recycling program, converting food waste into compost, and reusing materials whenever possible, are some of the ways that OSP works to be both environmentally and economically responsible.
The Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI) has been recycling for the past 20 years. Paper products, metals, and plastics are just some items we recycle on a daily basis. As we move into the future, our entire inmate population will be educated and provided with the resources to begin recycling on their own. It is our hope this will spark conversations with their children to ensure a clean environment for generations to come. We also are hopeful that once the offenders release into our communities they will continue recycling and being environmentally responsible citizens.
Oregon Department of Corrections: Range
The Department of Corrections’ firearms range serves local, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies with a multi-use, live-fire range and classrooms. Range staff have made great strides in waste reduction, recycling, and other green efforts at the newly renovated live-fire facility. These includes recovering cardboard targets, wood stakes, expended brass, bullet packaging, plastic holders, and even the mining of used lead bullets.
The Santiam Correctional Institution (SCI) is proud to be EarthWise Certified! SCI has a goal for sustainable operations that includes: expanded recycling, on-site composting, and an organic gardening operation which grows produce for both adults in custody as well as local food banks. SCI believes that in addition to saving tax dollars and natural resources, energy conservation and recycling educates both staff and adults in custody, while aiding offenders to rebuild their lives for the benefit of all. We are very proud of these department-wide efforts!
The Oregon Department of Energy has made sustainability a high priority and we are proud to be the first state agency to become EarthWISE certified. While we help Oregonians develop ways to conserve energy, we “walk the walk” with an extensive recycling program, onsite solar energy generation, and an active Green Team to coordinate employee education and activities.
Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards & Training
The Oregon Department of Public Safety and Standards (DPSST), a state agency devoted to training various public safety disciplines, is proud to be EarthWISE certified. We are fortunate to be located on a newer 213 acre campus which opened in 2006, complete with LEED certification. We have structured our power usage around energy saving practices and have large scale paper and fluorescent light recycling programs. Our currently forming ‘Green Team’ is anxious to get to work!
The Oregon Lottery, known for “doing good things” for Oregon, is now an EarthWISE Certified agency. Their efforts include energy conservation upgrades to their facility, powering trucks with biodiesel, and using Earth-friendly cleaning products. Over the past five years, recycling Video Lottery terminal parts and metals have kept over 2,300 tons of materials out of landfills.
Oregon’s State Capitol building has been an EarthWISE facility since 2008. In an effort to become more sustainable, staff have focused on ways to reduce waste and increase efficiency. Examples of this include making efforts to go “paperless”, adding a high efficiency HVAC system that only heats and cools occupied areas, and installing low energy lighting and occupancy sensors.
The City of Salem’s Housing Authority continues to work towards greener buildings and greener operations. Residents and staff recycle whenever they can and use environmentally friendly cleaning products. Energy upgrades with solar water heaters, new heat and lighting, and duct insulation and sealing reduce costs while providing a higher quality of living.