You are joining an organization that is highly committed to sustainable business practices. You will see evidence of this all around as you become part of the county. In fact, it’s part of the county’s mission to: “Provide active and responsible leadership through focused investments, innovative partnerships, and citizen empowerment to create healthy, safe, and sustainable communities.”
Put simply, sustainability means using resources in a manner enabling people to meet their current needs while ensuring that future generations can meet their own needs. In addition to being "green," it involves long-term, systematic approaches to protect and enhance the natural and social systems on which we depend: people, prosperity, and the planet. The county has been growing its commitment to and culture of sustainability for several years. We see every employee as a potential leader in advancing this commitment.
Clackamas County's Division of Strategic Planning and Sustainability supports and coordinates policies and activities both within the workplace as well as the community. The division also provides introductory training, "Going Beyond Green," to all employees. The Sustainability web page provides information on our policies.
The county has an active Sustainability Team with representatives from many county departments. The team learns about opportunities and efforts underway in the county, tracks resource use, develops initiatives and policies for purchasing, provides employees with education on energy use, internal recycling, reuse, composting and waste prevention. The Sustainability Team also offers mini-grants to fund projects to reduce waste and resource use, or deliver services more efficiently.
For more information on the county’s sustainability policies or practices, check out the website or contact Susan Ziolko, Sustainability Supervisor.