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Green Steps
Stepping Together Towards a Sustainable Society
The City of Greenbelt takes pride in being socially and environmentally responsible, two things the community believes to be intrinsically interlinked. From recycling to bike paths and the overhead tree canopies in between, the city continually strives to live as green as possible. As the rest of the world progresses into a cleaner, more eco-friendly way of life, the City of Greenbelt plans to keep on evolving with it.
Alternative Fuel Vehicles
The city has a fleet of environmentally responsible vehicles in service. The city is currently running six natural gas vehicles (two sedans, two vans, and two pick-ups). It employs one hybrid SUV as well as a number of flex-fuel vehicles. Bio-diesel (80/20) was used in the fleet for years until 2006, when it was cut as a cost saving measure.

Though ethanol is not yet available in the area, there is the opportunity to expand the fleet due to the natural gas pumping station at Public Works.

Green Facilities Green Facilities
City facilities in Greenbelt also maintain a high level of environmental responsibility. The new Public Works facility will be a green building, using 70% of materials recycled from the site of its demolition. The facility will rely on geothermal energy for heating and cooling, as well as energy efficient lighting, with automatic on/off settings and light sensing.

Green Power Partner
The City of Greenbelt started buying wind generated electricity in 2009 (15% of the City's consumption), the City continued until 2011, when we switched to 100% wind energy supplied by our electricity provider. Greenbelt is committed to reducing our carbon footprint by lowering our electricity consumption and by obtaining 100% of our energy from renewable resources. The City of Greenbelt has been an EPA Green Power Partner and a Green Power Leadership Club member since 2014.”

The facility's Energy Efficiency Program is an ongoing process to continually upgrade the lighting. The now recently completed energy efficiency audit (conducted by Chevron) will continue to implement recommendations over the next few years.