Green Initiative  

   

The POST Green Initiative is POST's internal effort to:

Reduce consumption of renewable and nonrenewable resources

POST is committed to decreased energy use.  We have implemented energy-saving policies at our headquarters, which include powering down all computer and office equipment during non-business hours.

Reduce environmental damage caused by travel

POST uses dedicated and Internet-based communication methods to reduce travel.  We regularly use teleconferencing to connect Commissioners, committee members, POST management, and staff throughout California.  Presentations are regularly delivered using Internet meeting technologies.  Annually, approximately 20,000 courses are completed via POST’s Learning Portal, eliminating travel for participants. 

Decrease costs associated with information distribution

POST is reducing paper mailings, allowing recipients to opt-in to electronic delivery.  POST now delivers nearly all field communication electronically:

  • Law Enforcement Employment Opportunities
  • POST Bulletins Regulatory Actions
  • POST Monthly Reports
  • What's New

 

What We Do Daily

  • POST has a system in place for recycling your used batteries. Alkaline batteries and other non-rechargeable batteries are considered hazardous waste and must be kept out of landfills to protect the environment.
  • POST has recycle bins though out building to recycle beverage containers such as aluminum cans, glass bottles, plastic bottles and glass jars.
  • POST is leasing a Prius for routine business travel to reduce the cost of emissions, save of gas, and in addition we do not pay for taxis; saving POST money.
  • POST buys and recycles inkjet & toner cartridges, it cuts waste, decreases energy consumption, reuses resources and saves money.
  • POST reuses the packing peanuts from incoming mail, and the container they came in, where they will be reused by the Business Services Office.
  • POST has containers through out the building to recycle paper & cardboard.
  • POST maximizes our use of online phone books, while decreasing the number of paper phone books.
  • POST participates in the State Employee Transit Vouchers, State of California's Commute Program that offers you big discounts for using alternative transit such as light rail, catch a bus, ride the train, carpool, vanpool, bike, or walk to work. We help save money while helping reduce our impact on climate change.
  • POST purchases Environmentally Preferable Products which are long lasting, high-quality, less toxic, reusable, and easy to recycle. Environmentally Preferable products use less materials, water and energy, minimizing the impact on California's natural environment.
  • POST purchases from the Prison Industry Authority who produce over 1,400 goods and services including: office furniture, clothing, food products, shoes, printing services, signs, binders, eye wear, gloves, license plates, cell equipment, and much more specifically for federal, state, and local government agencies.

What You Can Do At Home

  • You can use green cleaning products which are certified to contain lower or insignificant amounts of toxic or hazardous chemicals and reduce adverse impacts on our environment. These green cleaning practices will minimize the release of polluting chemicals into the environment.
  • You can recycle paper products in your home such as newspapers, magazines, junk mail, brochures, telephone books, envelopes, file folders, cardboard, and paper.
  • You can recycle beverage containers in your home such as aluminum cans, glass bottles, plastic bottles, and glass jars.
  • You can use alternate transit such as the light rail, bus, train, carpool, vanpool, bike or walk.  You'll save money, reduce your impact on climate change and feel more relaxed at the end of your commute.
  • You can use LED or CFL light bulbs which only use 1/3 of electricity compared to traditional light bulbs. Replacing just a single incandescent light bulb with a LED or CFL light bulb will keep a half-ton of CO2 out of the atmosphere over the lifetime of the light bulb.
  • You can use rechargeable batteries, these are considered a potentially valuable source of recyclable metal and are recycled by the battery manufacturing industry.
  • You can purchase energy star appliances for your home.
  • You can recycle yard waste! If you don't have curbside yard waste recycling, contact your local landfill and see if they have an yard waste or organics recycling program. Home composting is another option for composting your yard waste to harness those valuable organic nutrients and replace them into your soil for a healthy garden

 

Recycling Tips

Facts & Resources

According to The Green Book:

  • 400 million ink cartridges end up in our nation's landfills annually, with a typical cartridge taking 1,000 years to decompose.
  • One year's worth of discarded ink cartridges, placed end-to-end, would stretch from California to New York.
  • Remanufacturing recycled cartridges uses 80 percent less energy than making new ones.
     

According to the EPA:

  • Recycle 1 ton of paper and save 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, 4,100 kilowatt-hours of electricity and 17 full-grown trees. Overall, recycling paper instead of using new materials produces 74 percent less air pollution and uses 50 percent less water.
     

According to Conservatree:

  • One ton of non-recycled, printing and office paper uses 24 trees.
  • One tree makes approximately 8,333 pieces of non-recycled paper.
     

According to Pay it Green

In one year, by switching from paper to electronic billing, statements, and payments, the average American household would...

  • Save 6.6 pounds of paper
  • Avoid producing 171 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions—the equivalent of:
  • The emissions avoided by not driving 169 miles
  • The emissions avoided by not consuming 8.8 gallons of gasoline
  • Planting 2 tree seedlings and allowing them to grow for 10 years
  • Preserving 24 square feet of forestland
  • Avoid releasing 63 gallons of wastewater into the environment
  • Avoid using 4.5 gallons of gasoline to mail paper items
     

If only 20% of American households switched from paper to electronic bills, statements and payments each year, the collective impact would...

  • Save 150,939,615 pounds of paper
  • Save 1,811,275 trees
  • Avoid producing almost 2 million tons of greenhouse gases
  • Avoid creating over a billion gallons of wastewater during paper production
  • Avoid using over 100 million gallons of gas to mail payments
     

According to A Recycling Revolution:

Aluminum Recycling

Paper Recycling

Plastic Recycling

Solid Waste and Landfills

Miscellaneous Recycling

Additional Resources