It is essential for the NJDEP to “practice what we preach” and “lead by example”. As such, there are a number of initiatives under way and many in the works that serve to reduce our environmental impact through our operational and organizational practices. Some of these include:
- Green procurement: the NJDEP and many other agencies use environmental preferable cleaning products as required through Treasury’s bidding process.
- Electronic permitting reduce paper submittals reducing paper use and transportation of mail, filing space and increases productivity and efficiency for both the permittee and the agency
- Alternative commuting: A number of DEP staff commute to work by train, carpool or bike, reducing vehicle miles travelled and cutting air emissions.
- Operational practices: There are many small, yet meaningful practices around the NJDEP that reduce our environmental footprint including, but not limited to: double sided printing (where available), reuse of scrap paper and office supplies, electronic filing and web conferencing.
Stay tuned for periodic updates on how the NJDEP is reducing its environmental footprint and increasing productivity and cost savings for the state.
The federal government has been focused on strengthening sustainability in their operations and practices. More information can be found at: