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Greening Projects at the U.S. Capitol

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Green the Capitol

has spurred a transformation of perspective and behavior among the Capitol's thousands of employees.

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  • 1,472

    trees saved in 2009 through electronic faxing instead of conventional faxing with non-recycled paper.

  • 74%

    reduction of House CO2 emissions by using natural gas instead of coal and by purchasing energy produced by wind.

  • $200,000

    in annual savings as a result of consolidating computer servers.

  • 13,000

    incandescent light bulbs replaced with energy-efficient compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) .

  • 650 tons

    of cafeteria waste composted instead of going to a landfill.

  • 46 million

    gallons of water saved annually by using low-flow toilets, faucets and other measures.

  • 1 pound

    of CO2 emissions cut every 24 seconds through carbon footprint reduction efforts.

  • 499,932

    pounds of CO2 emissions cut as of 2009.

  • 240,000

    meals served monthly with compostable plates, containers and utensils instead of Styrofoam and plastic.

  • 70 million

    sheets of 100%
    post-consumer recycled paper are sold at the House office supply stores annually.

  • 222,240

    kilowatt hours of electricity saved by staff actions through the end of 2009.

  • 100,000

    plastic bottles replaced by compostable bottles, eliminating tons of landfill waste.