CAPS recognizes its responsibilities to the environment and future generations and is committed to being a leader in environmental sustainability, both in the way we carry out our operations and in the policies and services we provide. CAPS must be a responsible steward of the environment and seeks to reduce the rate at which we contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, climate change, and the depletion and degradation of natural resources through the following steps:

  1. Increase our use of renewable resources, and incorporate concepts of sustainability into our daily business affairs.
  2. Develop priorities and set goals to implement decisions regarding sustainability impacts on our activities.
  3. Preferentially select vendors and contractors that demonstrate sustainable practices.
  4. Continually improve and upgrade water efficiency, energy utilization, and waste management within CAPS facilities when practicable (since facility is leased, options may be limited).
  5. Maintain a high level of internal expertise regarding sustainability.
  6. Lease or purchase the most energy efficient ENERGYSTAR office equipment.
  7. When practicable for staff and board travel, CAPS will utilize and promote the most energy efficient form of transportation, including public transportation when practicable.
  8. Henceforth only purchase 100% post-consumer recycled paper whenever practicable.
  9. Double-side documents to the maximum extent practicable.
  10. Review office and administrative procedures to make them as paperless as practicable.
  11. Waste is minimized to the maximum extent practicable and reuse and recycling of waste are maximized.
  12. Offices will have free energy audits conducted and to the maximum extent possible implement the energy reduction recommendations made in the audits.
  13. When practicable strive to purchase only the most environmentally sound, locally produced, organic, and recycled products.
  14. Purchase and utilize reusable, rather than disposable products, whenever practicable.
  15. Emphasize to employees at all levels their own responsibility to environmental sustainability, giving training and information where applicable.
  16. Display and provide this Policy to all employees, including sub-contractors, and CAPS members
  17. Periodically review and update this policy.