ABOUT US

The Oregon Department of Energy recognizes the importance energy plays for long-term sustainability in the state. A sustainable Oregon includes developing safe, clean, and sustainable energy resources - and using energy wisely.

Our work is diverse – from helping Oregonians save energy at home and at work, to overseeing cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Site, to ensuring the state is prepared to respond to emergencies at energy facilities. We collaborate with a broad cross-section of Oregonians from businesses to trade associations, from homeowners to renters, and from government to schools. We will continue to leverage these partnerships toward the mutually beneficial goal of more sustainable communities.

 
Sustainability in Action

Sustainable Business Practices
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ODOE developed its first Sustainability Plan in 2003, which formed our internal Sustainability Committee. The Committee’s initial focus was to improve office operations, purchasing, energy conservation, recycling, and reduce water use. In 2005, ODOE passed an internal recycling policy.

In 2008, ODOE became the first State of Oregon agency to earn EarthWISE certification  from Marion County. EarthWISE recognizes business and organizations in the county that are committed to environmentally-friendly practices. ODOE also received the first EarthWISE “Sustainable Organization of the Year” award.

Since our move to a new building in late 2016, we have continued and improved actions to reduce waste, boost recycling, and save energy. In 2019, we were recertified by the EarthWISE program through 2022​.

Sustainable Programs

Our mission is to lead Oregon to a safe, clean, and sustainable energy future. Our programs focus on saving energy, improving energy efficiency, and investing in renewable energy. Learn more:


Sustainability Policy

The “Oregon Sustainability Act” (ORS 184.421-435 ) 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.”
 
In alignment with ORS, ODOE promotes sustainability as a core value of its mission, and is committed to incorporating sustainable values throughout our operations, programs, and services.
 
In 2016, ODOE adopted a formal Sustainability Policy, which was approved by the Oregon Sustainability Board. This administrative policy defines the agency’s commitment to sustainability:
 
“It is the policy of the Oregon Department of Energy to promote sustainability as a core value of its mission, and thereby encourages agency employees to integrate sustainability throughout all agency operations, program and services, including its statewide policy development and planning.”
 
The policy includes broad integration of sustainability for employees, the agency, and our programs and services. It also outlines the roles and responsibilities for all staff and includes key commitments to maintaining a Sustainability Coordinator, Sustainability Committee, and Sustainability Plan.

 
Sustainability Committee & Coordinator

ODOE’s Sustainability Committee includes employees from across all agency divisions, and provides guidance and leadership for sustainability planning and activities within the agency. ODOE also has a designated Sustainability Coordinator to lead the Sustainability Committee, help carry out sustainability activities, and promote sustainable business practices. 

 
Sustainability Plan & Partnerships

The ODOE Sustainability Plan transforms the strategic direction from the Sustainability Policy into action. The plan includes short and long-term goals, current practices and policies, and Statewide Sustainability Metrics. The Sustainability Plan is updated and then reviewed by the Oregon Sustainability Board every two years.
 
ODOE collaborates with the Interagency Sustainability Coordinator Network (ISCN) and acts as a liaison to the Oregon Sustainability Board (OSB). As part of this partnership, ODOE along with 21 other state agencies, report their goals and accomplishments to the OSB.
Resources
ODOE Sustainability Policy
Sustainability in State Government

Practicing What it Preaches​
ODOE Sustainability Work Highlighted in Statesman Journal (2018)
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