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Sustainable Operations in State Government

Lead by Example

State employees “Lead by Example” and many agencies are engaged in diverse activities which reduce government’s impact upon the environment.

Below are a few examples of current sustainable activities. Follow the links below to learn how to reduce environmental impacts and promote Sustainable Government.

Sustainable Operations

  • State employees recycle a substantial amount of office paper, newspapers, magazines, cardboard, and more every year. General Service’s Recycle Montana program works with 126 building coordinators in 78 buildings throughout Helena to provide this valuable service.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation incorporates recyclable materials, such as glass, into road construction projects. MDT Research
  • DEQ’s Remediation Division purchases compost for use on reclamation projects across the state.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation uses tons of compost to re-seed disturbed areas after road projects.
      Compost reduces erosion and promotes native plant growth.
  • Thousands of computers have been re-used by Montana students through the School Computer Equipment Program operated by the Office of Public Instruction.
  • Use of Ag-based inks and recycled-content paper by Print Services creates a healthier work environment for their employees, while saving trees and reducing carbon emissions.
  • The State Procurement Bureau writes term contracts to include Energy Star-rated equipment that guarantees agencies can buy the most energy-efficient printers, computers, fax machines and more.
  • The Montana eMarket Center  eliminates catalogs with convenient online shopping, and makes it easy to identify earth-friendly products.
  • General Services requires that contractors use “green” cleaning chemicals when servicing state buildings and specifies recycled-content requirements for paper toiletry products.
  • The Montana Army National Guard received a national pollution prevention award for their innovative tool refurbishing and recycling program.
  • The State Surplus Program provides state agencies with opportunities to clear out valuable storage space and make items available for use by other agencies.
  • The Surplus Property Public Auction and Online Auction programs allow items to be re-used rather than sent to the trash.
  • State employees joined together to form TAWSE, an organization working to inspire state employees to use alternative transportation and reduce environmental impacts.

The Montana Integrated Waste Management Act directs state government to assume a leadership role in developing and implementing source reduction and recycling programs and in developing markets for the purchase and use of recycled materials. DEQ coordinates this program and provides technical assistance to agencies and state employees.