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Aug 23

A Greener Authority

Posted on August 23, 2018 at 1:03 PM by Amanda Lindgren

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The vibrancy of the Colorado blue columbine as well as the intense robustness of the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, have always been just a few of the treasures of Colorado.  That's why the 9-1-1 Authority realizes how important it is to sustain our ecosystem and make changes to improve the environment.  For the past few years, the 9-1-1 Authority has made several modifications to the way we operate.  From facility upgrades to habit changes, our organization continues to become more environmentally conscientious. 

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Last year, LED light bulbs replaced incandescent lights in 12,000 square feet of our building as well as the parking lot.  This completed the process to switch all lighting to LED in order to conserve electricity.  The building is also equipped with occupancy sensors that detect movement within a room so that if space is unoccupied, the lights will shut off.   


Recycling containers and shred bins are located throughout the building to reduce waste.  A large, recycling-only dumpster is also located next to the waste dumpster in the parking lot.  Any paper that is not shredded or within a shred bin is recycled. Speaking of paper, our toilet paper no longer wraps around a cardboard tube but instead is placed directly on the toilet paper dispenser.


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While many of us are gradually becoming more aware of our impact on the environment, there is no one more in touch with our facility than our Property Technician, Mark Everitt.  Not only has he proposed numerous changes such as lawn fertilizer, but is always seeking ways to better the property and our own lifestyle habits.  This year he has been on a mission to reduce water consumption throughout the property.  He led the way in changing our irrigation system. Lawn sprinkler heads were upgraded to conserve on water and a new irrigation controller manages water consumption.  The sprinkler system has a smart control that shuts off when it detects rain and can also be controlled remotely.  It monitors soil moisture levels based on a variety of sources such as soil type and terrain.  The new sprinkler system has equated to an over 15% reduction of water consumption for our property. Another mentionable water-saving implementation was the installation of more efficient flush tanks in the restroom stalls.  Small changes such as these not only have resulted in cost savings but also natural resources savings.


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Not only does our lawn use less water, Everitt uses a natural sod fertilizer that is better for the environment. Everitt began using mulch within the flowerbeds as a way to reduce weed growth and therefore the use of herbicides.  The re-paving of the parking lot also reduced the use of weed-killing agents such as herbicides when pavement closed the once weed-infested concrete gaps.


 
Changes in the break room can be seen as well.  Recently, the Employee Advisory Group suggested the purchase of paper cups as opposed to styrofoam cups.  In the case someone does not want to use a disposable cup, real ceramic coffee mugs and glasses are found within the break room cabinets.  Pots, pans, dishes, silverware and other real, re-useable products can also be found inside the breakroom.  It promotes a better work environment and is also better for the environment.  Many outsiders can see employees cooking or re-heating their food in the break room just like a real kitchen.  Think about the reduction of waste fast-food wrappers through the use of reusable plates and utensils.


There is a lot to say about the way the Authority performs internally and externally and the continuous evolution of operation is one to notice.  With a considerate and creative staff, the ingenuity of the property will continue to advance.