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R2 - Rocky Mountain Region

Ford Escape Hybrid

Region 2 has 34 hybrid vehicles and 84 E85 vehicles in its fleet. The region offers carpooling and mass-transit subsidy programs to employees and supports an annual rally in which employees get to compete for “alternative transportation miles” to get to and from work.

In November 2006, the second annual Sustainable Operations Summit, “Changing Light Bulbs in the Service of Ecosystems,” was held in Laramie, WY, with more than 100 attendees. The summit was hosted by Region 2 and the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Wyoming. More than 100 attendees played an ecosystem services cap and trade game, learned about the concepts of biomimicry, and created action plans to move the concepts of sustainable operations into other cross-functional activities, such as fire and recreation operations.

The Region 2 Regional Office Green Team makes bound books of good on one side (GOOS) paper the office’s employees can use for taking notes. The books have been a hit in the office and are high in demand; they are the current must-have item in the regional office.

The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland reviewed their electric bill in an effort to reduce power usage and found that a meter was in place to power only one electric gate. The meter was removed and the gate was added to another meter to reduce duplicate meter fees.

Green purchases on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland included an energy-efficient refrigerator and lower wattage light bulbs.

"Big Belly" Trash Compactor

The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest and Thunder Basin National Grasslands got a solar “Big Belly” trash compactor and are using it at a high-use campground in the summer and ski area in the winter.

On the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and the Thunder Basin National Grassland, the Sustainability Team garnered regional recognition for its efforts in developing the sustainability program on the forest and presenting the Leadership Team with an operations plan for FY 2008.

The Shoshone National Forest ordered more hybrids, because use and demand of these vehicles is high, and fewer four-wheel drive vehicles. Two biodiesel fuel locations are operating in local communities, and one law enforcement officer is using biodiesel exclusively and is very satisfied. Employees are also carpooling more often.

The White Mountain National Forest recently began using bioheating fuel to heat three administrative buildings owned by the Forest Service.

The White Mountain National Forest has been using 50/50 biodiesel in its heavy equipment and support vehicles for several years. They also have four hybrid vehicles and are trying to improve their energy efficiency at every opportunity.

The White Mountain National Forest continues to increase the use of biodiesel by purchasing diesel-powered vehicles to replace its large, gas-driven pickup trucks.

The White Mountain National Forest is planning to add composting toilets, a gray-water recirculation system, detention ponds, etc., as part of a projected LEED certification

Last Modified: 03/02/2014