Guide for Going Green in the Fire Service
People all across the nation are taking steps to decrease their impact on the environment, and there are many ways the fire service can do its part. The National Volunteer Fire Council released the Guide for Going Green in the Fire Service to highlight sustainable practices and inspire departments to reduce their impact on the environment.
The Guide looks at a range of Earth-friendly steps departments can take, from simple practices such as recycling and energy conservation to complex solutions such as green construction. Some of these green practices have the added benefit of helping the department’s bottom line, such as lowering energy costs. Profiles of several green departments from across the country are also spotlighted.
Video: Going Green in the Fire Service
Check out this video profile from the Mother Nature Network that shows how the Dale City (VA) Volunteer Fire Department utilizes eco-friendly practices.
Other Resources for Going Green:
ICC's International Green Construction Code
The International Green Construction Code is the first model code that includes sustainability measures for the entire construction project and its site — from design through construction, certificate of occupancy and beyond. The code is intended to make buildings more efficient, reduce waste, and have a positive impact on health, safety, and community welfare. It provides baseline Green Requirements, economic benefits, and professional development and technical support.
Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has information on a variety of green practices and issues.
Department Of Energy
The Department of Energy offers information on energy sources, energy efficiency, and the environment.
ENERGY STAR is a program of the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy that informs consumers about energy efficient products, home improvement tips, and energy management resources.