Kroger greens the Oregon Department of Justice

By Chris Rizo | Oct 8, 2009

John Kroger (D)

SALEM , Ore. (Legal Newsline)-Oregon Attorney General John Kroger is greening-up the state Department of Justice, the Democrat announced Thursday.

Kroger, who won office in November campaining as an environmental steward, has implemented a bevy of new office procedures aimed at conserving energy and reducing waste.

The Oregon Department of Justice, which has a presence in 24 different office buildings, will increase its recycling and conservation measures while reducing its energy and paper consumption by requiring the use of double-sided printing, he said.

"State government must become a model of responsible conduct toward the environment," Kroger said in a statement. "These new green measures will take us in the right direction."

In addition to conservation measures, the department's new policies will require, among other things, that future cars in DOJ's vehicle fleet will have a rated fuel efficiency of 45 mpg or greater and that a policy be adopted for the use of green-certified cleaning supplies.

"This is an ideal opportunity to both decrease our environmental footprint and decrease the amount of money we spend on everything from electricity and natural gas to paper and gasoline," Kroger said.

From Legal Newsline: Reach staff reporter Chris Rizo at chrisrizo@legalnewsline.com.

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