Pierce County saved more than $1.3 million in 2010 and 2011 by reducing its use of energy, water, fuel and office supplies, according to its second Annual Sustainability Index.
 
The report, issued by the Pierce County Office of Sustainability, shows the county made significant progress during the second year of its five-year effort. Highlights from the report show that Pierce County: • Reduced energy use by 12.4 percent, saving $941,839 in energy and rebates since Jan. 1, 2010.

• Increased recycling by 40 percent at Pierce County buildings, surpassing the 2015 Sustainability Goal of 35 percent.

• Increased the percentage of office supplies that contain recycled content to 37.3 percent, while saving $314,580 by purchasing fewer office supplies since Jan. 1, 2010.

• Purchased more hybrid and electric vehicles, which now make up 22.5 percent of the general-use fleet.

• Cut the amount of unleaded fuel consumed by 32,360 gallons below 2010 levels.

• Made other progress as measured by 23 indicators on the Pierce County Sustainability Index.

The Pierce County Annual Sustainability Index is available at www.piercecountywa.org/sustainability.