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Environmental Sustainability

Green Conservation

Idle load electricity account for about 25 percent of power consumption and the electricity bill in the average household. Always on devices include computers in sleep mode, TVs, coffee makers, DVRs, speakers, and other electronic gadgets. To reduce wasted power and money: (1) Plug electronics into a power strip. You can turn them all off with the flip of a switch. (2) Install a power meter, which can tell you how much energy a device is using when sitting idle. These cheap and simple gadgets give you the option to change your behavior. (3) Talk about this problem with your family and friends. To learn more about idle load electricity go to: 5-13-2015

Knowledge Saves Power

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. Inherently tied to this mission is our obligation to promote healthy American Indian and Alaska Native communities and our responsibility to ensure the well-being of the environment we work in, both indoors and outdoors.

To address this need for healthy and sustainable practices, IHS strives to not only meet all federal requirements but also to be forward-acting on all environmental efforts.

To minimize our impact on the environment, IHS staff, contractors, and suppliers try to ensure that environmental considerations are introduced at the earliest stages possible when planning and implementing agency operations. This website provides information on what IHS is doing as an agency, and what you as an individual can do for sustainability. In addition, it provides resources, trainings, and events to help further inform everyone about sustainability.


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