What is sustainability?
According to the Oregon Sustainability Act
, ORS 184.421 defines "sustainability" as using, developing and protecting resources in a manner that enables people to meet current needs and provides that future generations can also meet future needs, from the joint perspective of environmental, economic and community objectives.
Sustainability in state government
With 24 state agencies and over 40,000 employees, the state government's sustainability efforts can significantly influence the efficient use of energy and water, promote more sustainable transportation, reduce waste and promote the purchase and use of healthier goods. These efforts can also help address the challenges of climate change, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions from state operations and preparing ways to be resilient to a climate that is already changing. Several agencies have already prepared sustainability plans
and developed program initiatives to address various aspects of sustainability.
Department of Administrative Services' role
The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) leads state government by providing an array of services that include budget development, procurement, human resources, IT support, surplus property management and many others.
DAS acts as the main vehicle for realizing the Governor's executive goals. The Department will serve as state government's main resource in working toward more sustainable practices. With its central role in state government, DAS sustainability is focused on the effects of DAS' internal operations and delivery of external services and statewide policy across the enterprise. These efforts primarily focus on the management of the state's real and personal property assets, technology and the procurement of goods used daily by agencies as they deliver services to Oregonians. In addition, statewide policies provide agencies with guidelines and tools to reach sustainability goals.
The agency's internal sustainability efforts are guided by an agency sustainability plan. They also include an active facilities program (energy and greenhouse gas management, water conservation and waste reduction), fleet management focused on fuel efficiency and emissions reductions, integrating sustainability into construction projects and real estate decisions and strategic sustainability-oriented procurement decisions. The staff-driven DAS Sustainability Team advises and supports the agency's sustainability efforts.