Energy & Recycling Management
The County's Energy Program was created in the Fall of 2002 not only to reduce the impact the County's energy consumption has on the environment, but also to more appropriately manage its energy costs.
Two major environmental initiatives at Washtenaw County are its Energy and Inhouse Recycling Programs. Recycling at Washtenaw County not only reduces the amount of material that goes into our local landfill but saves energy, water and trees. It takes a lot more energy and water to produce the materials (i.e. paper, cardboard, styrofoam, containers, etc.) from raw or virgin material than to use recycled material. For example, in a typical quarter the County's recycling efforts save over 500 trees, 100 cubic yards of landfill space, 217,000 gallons of water, 90 barrels of oil and 140,000 kWh of electricity.
The County's Energy Program was created in the Fall of 2002 not only to reduce the impact the County's energy consumption has on the environment, but also to more appropriately manage its energy costs. The County currently emits approximately 11,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere due to its energy consumption and spends around $1.5 million dollars every year on utility bills. This Energy Program aims to identify and prioritize energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities, implement such projects and educate employees on the actions they can take to conserve energy while at work and at home.
Click on the following links to learn more about these programs.