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Chief's Goes "Green" With the Holiday Season

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In hosting her annual holiday open house Forest Service Chief Abigail Kimbell took several actions in support of sustainability. With arrival of the Capitol Tree, the companion trees were distributed to the Chief’s office and main entrance. These trees were wrapped in colorful LED lights to save energy and reduce the agency’s carbon footprint. The Chief hosted a “zero waste” open house by purchasing biodegradable tableware that was subsequently collected for composting.

The Chief’s proactive procurement highlights the federal government’s emormous buying power to stimulate market demand for green products and services. The biodegrable tableware was made from potatoes and sugarcan and supports the Department’s purchases of BioPreferred/biobased products and environmentally preferable products (including those with recycled content). Biobased products are commercial or industrial products composed wholly or in significant part of biological products including renewable agricultural materials (plant, animal, and marine materials) or forestry materials. To educate employees and visitors alike, the Washington Office Green Team created a display showing a variety of green products and activities to illustrate that how daily decisions we make can impact our country’s energy security, economy, and environment.

Last Modified: 05/28/2008