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Six Months of Progress: Green the Capitol

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Green the Capitol Accomplishments


Carbon Footprint: House World's First Carbon Neutral Legislative Body

Purchasing renewable wind power for 100% of electricity use

Underway
Purchased carbon offsets to mitigate 30,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases
Done

Switching from using coal to natural gas in the Capitol Power Plant for House operations

Underway
         

House Energy Conservation: 50% Reduction over 10 Years

Installing comprehensive metering system to track and report building energy use

Underway

Initiated a design to relight the Capitol Dome with energy efficient lighting

Done

Installing 30,000 energy efficient Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs, 7,000 complete

Underway

Reduced cooling fan run-times by 14%

Done

Activated economizers on air conditioners, cutting energy use by up to 20%

Done

Replaced 84 vending machines with energy efficient Energy Star equivalents

Done
Evaluating over 700 pieces of food service equipment and developing strategies to deploy new energy efficient technologies in all House food operations
 
Underway
Identified pressure reduction opportunities for the House steam distribution system, saving 2-3% of heating energy use
 
Done
         

Waste Reduction

Eliminated all Styrofoam and plastic food service items in all House food service operations
Done 

Replaced all plates, cups, utensils, takeout containers, etc. with 100% compostable items

   Done   

     

Installed food pulpers in House food service operations to remove water, making waste 70% lighter and 100% compostable

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Established agreement with Department of Agriculture to compost food service waste, ultimately reducing waste stream by over 50%
Done 
 

Procurement

Ensured House food offerings are organic and locally grown within a 150 mile radius whenever possible
   Done     
Required only Fair Trade coffee be sold in all House restaurants
    Done     
Directed House Office Supply Store to sell only 100% post-consumer recycled paper, saving 29,400 grown trees  
   Done   
Mandated that all new carpets must be low VOC (volatile organic compounds) and installed using low VOC glues
  Done   
Switching to green cleaning products and techniques for carpets, offices, and public spaces, creating a healthier work environment
     Underway     
Updated '2007 House Standard for New Acquisitions' to encourage Member offices to purchase Energy Star compliant or equivalent equipment 
  Done   
Outreach
Developing a 'Green Team' program for House employees 
    Underway      
Increasing electronic distribution of reports and improving archiving requirements to decrease the amount of paper generated   
    Underway      
Promoting computer power conservation efforts, including a consolidated server environment for Windows-based applications that will use 65% less power 
    Underway     
Held the House's first Green Expo, attended by over 1,500 employees, designed to raise awareness about green transportation options, including 19 alternative fuel vehicles  
 Done   
Transportation
Partnered with Zipcar to provide car-sharing services with four onsite hybrid cars  
  Done   
Establishing a pilot for the Smart Benefit program with DC public transit  
    Underway      

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