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Public Safety Final 12-15-11
1. Prison Operations
2. Community Corrections
3. Emergency Readiness
4. Worker Safety
Action Plan

1.2 - Average Energy Use
Are sustainability goals being met?

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Data Notes


Data Source:

DOC Sustainability Reporting.  Data compares Calendar Year 2010 to the base Fiscal Year of 2003. 

Measure Definition:

Energy includes electricity, natural gas, propane, and fuel oil displayed in Kilowatt Hours.  Does not include fuel for vehicles and heavy equipment.

Target Rationale:

Comply with Executive Order 05-01, entitled, “Establishing Sustainability and Efficiency Goals for State Operations”.  Item 7.A of the executive order states:

“By September 1, 2009, state agencies shall reduce energy purchases by 10% from FY 2003, using all practicable and cost effective means available, including energy efficiency programs and the use of on-site renewable resources.”

In FY2003, energy consumption was 2,078.4 kilowatt hour per offender.  A 10% reduction represents 1,870.5 kilowatt hour per offender.

Link to Agency Strategic Plan:

Improve business practices and performance


Sustainability means protecting and managing our resources to meet current needs without sacrificing the needs of future generations and natural systems.  Many of these practices will have long-term ongoing cost benefits. 

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Extended Analysis:



 Display Drill Down Measures

 Summary Analysis

Department of Corrections continues to work hard at reducing fuel and energy/heating consumption as well as solid waste disposal and has achieved significant reductions in 2010.

Washington DOC has been recognized by the National Institute of Corrections in its The Greening of Corrections Report for our Sustainable Prisons Project.

Facility Energy/Heating

·         DOC has achieved a 12 percent decrease in energy use per square foot and a 21 percent decrease in energy use per offender since 2005.

Transportation Fuel

·         DOC Transportation Fuel Consumption has decreased by 15 percent from 2004 to 2010.

Solid Waste Information

·         DOC has achieved a 51 percent reduction in solid waste disposal per offender per day compared to 2004. This figure includes the above average volume generated from the McNeil Island closure activities.

·         DOC has achieved a 45 percent reduction in solid waste sent to landfill compared to 2009.

Reuse and Recycle Information

·         DOC has achieved significant operational savings through innovative reuse efforts within our facilities.  Examples of these programs include the Medical Equipment Repair, a program serving facilities statewide and the Clothing and Shoe Reissue Program.

Average energy consumption should reduce as older, less energy efficient facilities and housing units close or are replaced by newer, more efficient housing units such as the ones at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center and the Washington State Penitentiary. 

DOC will continue to focus on energy use reductions at prisons with older, less efficient physical plants; however, significant investments would be needed to achieve the 10% reduction target.

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