U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Pacific Regional Office

 

As the nation's principle federal conservation agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is dedicated to helping reduce the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats. The service specializes in wildlife management and ecosystem dynamics, and has an extensive network of partners who work alongside it to protect our nation's fish and wildlife resources.

The Service is already working with partners and available resources to address climate change effects on species and their habitats. Accelerating climate change will amplify many of the conservation challenges we deal with today.

To help them succeed in sustaining fish and wildlife, the Service has developed a Strategic Plan for Responding to Accelerating Climate Change.  The Strategic Plan's goals, objectives, and actions are positioned under three major strategies that correspond with the Service's mission:

 

Adaptation: Minimizing the impact of climate change on fish and wildlife through the application of cutting-edge science in managing species and habitats.

Mitigation: Reducing levels of greenhouse gasses in the Earth's atmosphere.

Engagement: Joining forces with others to seek solutions to the challenges and threats to fish and wildlife conservation posed by climate change.

Under the Mitigation strategy, the Service has committed to being aggressive in sequestering carbon and using best practices to manage their lands, meet their stewardship responsibilities, and manage their facilities, vehicles and vessels, travel, and purchases and acquisitions so that they become carbon neutral by the year 2020. The Pacific Regional Office's participation in the Smart Energy program is a big step in helping the agency achieve this goal.

 

Oregon Convention Center

Built with sustainable products and systems, the Oregon Convention Center has greatly enhanced Portland's national reputation as a front-runner on green building and other environmentally responsible practices. Participating in Smart Energy is one piece of their sustainability plan.

The convention center recently completed a $750,000 lighting retrofit of its exhibit halls and lobby spaces that will annually save more than 2.7 million kWh and cut energy costs by more than $130,000. While new lighting in the exhibit halls is expected to cut energy use in half, it will have a brighter and more natural appearance. Incandescent fixtures were replaced with compact fluorescents and LED lighting in the lobby spaces, which in some cases reduced energy use by 90 percent.

Operators of the LEED-certified building have also committed to a recycling system that diverts a variety of materials from landfills, including organic waste, cooking oil, electronic equipment and plastics. In all, the convention center recycled more than 315 tons of materials in 2009-2010 and is striving to recycle 75 percent of all waste by 2012.

The convention center made its collection process for food waste more efficient by converting a compactor for organic materials. The food materials are hauled off and delivered to a company that turns them into finished garden compost.

The facility uses many other tactics to reduce waste including:

  • Reducing paper use as much as possible by printing double sided and using e-mail to send contracts.
  • Serving condiments, beverages and other food items in large containers instead of individually packaged.
  • Reducing individual bottled water use by offering bulk water in pitchers and large coolers for events.

The Oregon Convention Center's commitment to improving its processes and reducing environmental impacts makes it a leader among its peers.