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R9 - Eastern Region

The Region 9 Regional Office purchased 26 hybrid vehicles in FY 2007 and an additional 36 vehicles are E85 compatible. In an effort to expand knowledge about biofuels, the region set up an educational conference call; as a result, 3 forests in Region 9 are using biobased products.

The Region 9 Regional Office Green Team sponsored a “Recyclemania” event, in which it coordinated with the custodial staff to save 1 day’s trash and recycling. The Green Team put the waste and recycling on display at an all-employee meeting and used the opportunity to educate employees about waste reduction and recycling opportunities in the office and at home. The regional office also started collection boxes for cell phones and tennis shoes (Nike Reuse-a-Shoe) that day.

The Allegheny National Forest installed efficient T8 and T9 lighting to replace its fluorescent lights in three offices. Employees are instructed to activate the Energy Star® savers on their personal computers, and the thermostats are set at 68 degrees in the winter and 78 degrees in the summer.

The Chippewa National Forest has two solar power sites: one is a remote well and the other is a remote streetlight.

On the Chippewa National Forest, cleaning products are purchased through GSA and are environmentally friendly. Procurement personnel are trained in green purchasing.

The Huron-Manistee National Forest uses solar power at four of its campgrounds to charge batteries that power water pumps.

The Huron-Manistee National Forests purchased recycled printer cartridges on a forestwide, consolidated basis to ensure that all units are using recycled cartridges.

The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie has had a former Army infrastructure to demolish and made it a policy to reuse or recycle material first and as a last resort dispose of the materials at a landfill. Hundreds of tons of broken concrete were re-used for road construction by a neighbor, and hundreds of old power poles were reused by a local town for a park landscaping project.

Locally based efforts on the Monongahela National Forest include the replacement of water lines at recreation development areas, resulting in significantly reduced water loss.

The Green Team of the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests consists of all Boston Mountain Ranger District employees who deal with implementing renewable and sustainable resource management practices on a daily basis. The team met all “green” targets for 2007. The team is regularly evaluated and awarded for their efforts in managing the district resources.

A new 3,600-watt solar power system on the Wayne National Forest operates at about 95-percent efficiency. With additional panels, the forest could eventually generate more power than is uses, “run the meter backward,” and return power to the grid.

The White River National Forest champions their employees to carpool.

Last Modified: 03/02/2014