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2005 - Government Agency Award - Envrionmental Impact - OK DEQ's Green Team

 Accepting for DEQ: (L to R) Fenton Rood and DEQ Green Team Leaders
Walking the talk is not always an easy thing to do, but the informal group of employees known as the Green Team at the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality sure make it sound that way. For the past two years, the Green Team has come up with ingenious ways to encourage good environmental stewardship by reducing office waste, increasing energy efficiency and involving more employees. 

Along with the usual recyclables, the Green Team also found ways to divert from the landfill such items as coffee grounds, copy paper wrappers, and batteries. Even used sneakers are ground into a composite for athletic surfaces. The team also promotes resource conservation at the workplace, reporting leaky faucets, turning off lights, printing double-sided documents, and maintaining a collection of reusable mugs and name badge holders. 

Once a month, all DEQ employees are encouraged to bring waste-free lunch as they discuss with experts such topics as alternative fuel vehicles, wind power, organic gardening and rainwater harvesting.

The voluntary Green Team members were commended by our judges for their creativity, their commitment and their resolve. The DEQ Green Team is good news and a great role model for all government agencies in Oklahoma.