Poughkeepsie…. Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced the County has adopted a new purchasing policy requiring products used on a daily basis to clean and maintain facilities to be “green” or “environmentally preferred.” The new policy was recommended by the County’s GREEN internal work group created by the Executive to review making the county’s purchases of goods and services “greener”.
“Our “Dutchess Goes Green” agenda calls for all of us to think and behave greener. Even the most routine activities, like purchasing cleaning products, can have an impact on our environment,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “By changing our thinking and behavior with innovative policies and practices, we are taking necessary steps forward to preserve our environment for the future.”
County Executive Steinhaus formed the County’s GREEN internal work group to take a comprehensive look at business practices, facilities, policies and programs and recommend where the commitment to being GREEN could be improved. This charge is part of the County Executive’s commitment to his “Dutchess Goes Green” agenda.
The Dutchess County Department of Central Services, which is responsible for the coordination of the procurement of goods and services for County government, has issued a new cleaning product purchase list featuring the most commonly used products to clean and maintain County facility. Each of the items listed are considered to be “green” or “environmentally preferred.”
The County’s new policy uses the term “green” to describe cleaning and maintenance products that minimize adverse impacts to human health and the environment, yet still clean effectively. “Environmentally preferable” refers to purchasing products whose environmental impacts have been considered and found to be less damaging to the environment and human health when compared to competing products. Central Services will rely on the product certifications from the companies Green Seal and Eco Logo, which have been widely accepted for their green standards, to determine if products are “green” or “environmentally preferred.”
The goal of the new green policy is to provide a healthier environment for the public and employees through cleaner facilities and reduce exposure to cleaners, solvents, and other hazardous materials.
Central Services Director Don Miller, “The Division of Central Services has been involved in a number of “eco-friendly” initiatives from recycling toner cartridges, piloting synthetic oil usage, using waste oil for heating and now our new “green cleaning” product policy. We will continue to support County Executive Steinhaus’ “Dutchess Goes Green” initiative and will continue to work to spearhead new and creative green opportunities.”
“Going green is a series of steps. Sometimes we take large leaps like we have by investing in geo-thermal heating and cooling as an alternative energy source for our Eastern Dutchess Government Center or 911 Emergency Operations Center. But we also take smaller steps with improved ways of doing every day business like purchasing green cleaning products. Together, all of these actions add up to a big difference for our environment,” concluded County Executive Steinhaus.
To learn more about how Dutchess County Government is going green, as well as how residents can learn to be greener in their home or business, log on to http://www.dutchessny.gov/ and click on the “Dutchess Goes Green” button.