Q: Is this part of a larger effort to "go green”?
The agency has undertaken several initiatives to reduce electric and gas usage in our offices through lighting retrofits, installation of motion sensors and HVAC adjustments. In addition, we hope to replace certain HVAC equipment with more efficient equipment as funding becomes available. We are also beginning to purchase hybrid cars as vehicles in our fleet are replaced. There are plans to expand our imaging program for paper and storage space savings, and we continue to recycle paper through the Northern Oklahoma Resource Center, our facility in Enid which employs the developmentally disabled. We are trying to take a sensible and budget-conscious approach to incorporating environmentally friendly practices, being always open to new ideas and technologies.
JENNIFER PALMER, BUSINESS WRITER