Division of Soil and Water Conservation
In the next year the Division plans to develop a carpool information system and begin conducting annual waste assessments. The Division is already purchasing recycled paper, but plans to evaluate current copying practices and make conscious choices in the future when ordering equipment. The Division also plans to create a sustainability team using the survey to identify staff members who have a passion for the sustainability objectives.
The Division of Soil and Water is a partner with the US Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Program, the Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and county governments and provides a variety of environmental education programs and opportunities across the state. The primary emphasis of these programs is conservation of our natural resources. There are unlimited ways in which sustainability might be included. The Division also sponsors the Food, Land and People project, which may well be another program where sustainability initiatives would be most appropriate.
stresses the importance of environmental education and all staff members
are involved in one form or another with environmental education, many of
them educators themselves. The
staff as a whole is so immersed in delivering the conservation message
that many sustainability goals are a “way of life” for most of the
Division’s staff. The Division hopes that its survey will help identify
additional educational needs.
The Division will base future plans for sustainability initiatives on its survey results, the formation of a sustainability team and its recommendations, and perhaps suggestions from the Department’s team. The Division would like to put a hot key linking to a DENR Sustainability web site include success stories to share with other Divisions.