FTB Hosts Green Fair to Encourage Conservation
Released: July 12, 2007
Program highlights innovative and environmentally friendly programs
Franchise Tax Board (FTB) employees typically serve the public though tax administration and customer service. Today, employees took time out to celebrate their success in conserving natural resources and learning how to better improve the environment at FTB's first green fair.
$tash the Cash and Go Green was held at FTB headquarters near Rancho Cordova. FTB employees visited booths hosted by more than 40 local vendors showcasing their green products ranging from alternative fuel cars and solar power to education about conserving valuable resources and reducing waste.
As a major employer along the Highway 50 corridor, FTB has a responsibility to be a good neighbor to not only Sacramento County and Rancho Cordova, but the surrounding communities as well. FTB has a permanent full-time workforce in Sacramento of approximately 4,000 with another 1,500 seasonal workers during the tax-filing season. With employees commuting daily from Vacaville, Yuba City, Placerville, and Stockton, every car an FTB employee leaves parked on the driveway at home is one less car adding to the congestion on local freeways. Nearly 2,000 employees use alternate means of commuting to work, including vanpools and public transit. Green Fair highlights included green technology displays, demonstrations, food booths, and lots of “green” prizes. Volunteers gathered used batteries, inkjet cartridges, and old cell phones for proper disposal.
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Franchise Tax Board Green Facts
Thirty seven percent of the FTB's workforce engages in some mode of alternative transportation. Ranging from vanpools to bicycling to the Light Rail with station only steps from its headquarters, FTB employees are quick learners when it comes to stashing the cash and going green.
Estimates indicate that FTB exceeds the State of California's current energy efficiency standards for large office buildings by nearly 20 percent.
In addition to solar panels installed on the roof of one of its buildings, FTB's headquarters was designed to be green with drought tolerant plants, indirect lighting systems, window shading, and Bio-Swales in the parking areas to reduce storm water run-off.
During the headquarters' construction, existing asphalt was demolished and recycled into the sub-base for the new parking lot, and trees and shrubs not relocated were recycled into plant mulch.
FTB's current paper recycle programs diverted 790 tons of paper from landfills in 2006. Additionally, FTB works with a local school program to recycle and refurbish old PCs and laptops, resulting in more than $50,000 a year in proceeds for the schools.