Chapter 7.10


7.10.010    Purpose.

7.10.020    Public buildings policy.

7.10.030    Employee-oriented policy.

7.10.040    Energy source and use policy.

7.10.050    Fleet and vehicle policy.

7.10.060    Equipment-oriented policy.

7.10.070    Conservation policy.

7.10.010 Purpose.

The following policies and/or procedures for greenhouse gas emission reduction have been adopted to satisfy the Washington State Public Works Board requirement and to recognize that the policies will benefit the District ratepayers and will help in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. [Amended during 2016 codification; Res. 2600, 2012].

7.10.020 Public buildings policy.

The District shall:

(1) Ensure that all new District funded buildings will strive to be models of cost-effective, energy-efficient design.

(2) Encourage energy conservation practices in buildings by raising the awareness of employees’ own energy use. [Res. 2600 § 1, 2012].

7.10.030 Employee-oriented policy.

The District shall:

(1) Encourage ride-sharing, van-pooling, and use of public transit by employees. [Amended during 2016 codification; Res. 2600 § 2, 2012].

7.10.040 Energy source and use policy.

The District shall:

(1) Reduce greenhouse gases by expanding the use of conservation and alternative energy sources and by reducing vehicle miles traveled by increasing alternatives to driving alone.

(2) Reduce pollutants from transportation activities, including through the use of cleaner fuels and vehicles. [Res. 2600 § 3, 2012].

7.10.050 Fleet and vehicle policy.

The District shall:

(1) Evaluate an energy-sensitive fleet management program, to include driver training, the use of fuel-efficient vehicles, and frequent tuning and maintenance of vehicles.

(2) Reduce pollutants from transportation activities, including through the use of cleaner fuels and vehicles and increasing alternatives to driving alone. [Res. 2600 § 4, 2012].

7.10.060 Equipment-oriented policy.

The District shall:

(1) Manage District lighting needs by using lamps that will assure safe and effective illumination at minimum cost and energy use.

(2) Monitor the efficiency of the pumps in water and sewer systems, and operate and maintain them at peak efficiency. When cost-effective options are possible, the one using the least amount of energy shall be preferred. [Res. 2600 § 5, 2012].

7.10.070 Conservation policy.

The District shall:

(1) Implement a solid waste strategy which:

(A) Reduces the use of materials; and

(B) Increases the reuse of materials and equipment; and

(C) Reduces the solid waste stream by recycling; and

(D) Promotes the purchase of recycled and recyclable goods.

(2) Where and when allowed by the building code, encourages the use of building construction materials made from recycled and recyclable materials.

(3) Establish a water conservation program consistent with Chapter 246-290 WAC.

(4) Create an inventory of nonpotable water uses within the jurisdiction that could be served with recycled water.

(5) Install water-efficient landscapes and irrigation, including:

(A) Planting drought-tolerant and native species and covering exposed dirt with moisture-retaining mulch.

(B) Installing water-efficient irrigation systems and devices, including advanced technology such as moisture-sensing irrigation controls. [Res. 2600 § 6, 2012].