Reducing DNR's Environmental Footprint
Projected Reductions in CO2 Emissions from DNR Facilities and Fleet (FY2008 - 2050)
Why is this important?
Increasing energy efficiency is an important strategy for reducing carbon dioxide emissions as well as energy costs for DNR operations. DNR's 2,600 buildings and 5,000 vehicles consume large amounts of fossil fuels and incur more than $5 million a year in energy costs. Fortunately, there are unprecedented opportunities to enhance energy efficiency and reduce our environmental footprint. Advances in technology have lead to cost-effective and efficient renewable energy systems such as wind, solar, and geothermal systems. State and federal mandates and incentives support implementing these systems. DNR's commitment to minimizing our contribution to global climate change through enhanced energy efficiency is a core element of our work to conserve natural resources.
To cut the production of environmental pollutants without disrupting our ability to do our work, we are pursuing a fundamental transformation in operations, including:
Improving fleet energy efficiency: DNR is working to reduce fleet fossil-fuel consumption 25 percent by 2011 and 50% by 2015. We are reducing petroleum consumption, optimizing the use of standardized equipment, sharing equipment, and using Green Star-certified repair shops whenever possible
Enhancing facility sustainability: We are reducing facility costs by 10 percent; consolidating work sites and reducing inventory by at least 10 percent; improving building systems performance and applying renewable energy technologies; installing energy-efficient appliances; and using recycled products.
Encouraging environmentally responsible choices: We will facilitate environmentally responsible choices in our workforce by expanding videoconferencing capabilities; improving staff training on energy-efficient driving; facilitating recycling and appropriate disposal of office products; and encouraging biofuel use.
Encouraging green purchasing: DNR purchases some $35 million worth of goods and services each year. We will consider life-cycle environmental factors when selecting products, including pollutant releases, waste generation, recycled content, energy consumption, depletion of natural resources, and potential for impact on human health and the environment.
Learn about how the DNR is reducing its environmental footprint.
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Camden State Park contact station
The Camden State Park contact station used the B3 Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines in its design, and includes a geothermal heating system and a 10 kW wind generator. The systems are sized to cover the energy needs of the building, making this DNR's first carbon neutral building.
Fuel efficient vehicles
We encourage employees to choose the most fuel efficient vehicle available to get their job done.
Fleet costs savings
In 2006, 2007, and 2008, DNR has been one of Fleet Equipment magazine's 100 Best Fleets out of 39,000 public and private fleets. DNR continues to innovate-in 2008, electric utility vehicles were added to the fleet. From 2006-2010 DNR has saved 2 million dollars in fleet costs.
Long term desired outcomes
- DNR models energy efficiency and conservation.
- Information technology helps reduce travel and increase productivity.
- DNR staff make informed choices to reduce their energy consumption.
- Carbon loading from DNR operations is offset by actions to sequester carbon.
- Materials are reused and recycled wherever possible.