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Sustainability means balancing the needs of the economy, environment, and society. Together, we can create a vibrant economy, a healthy environment, and a livable society for all Douglas County residents – today and into the future.

As a County, we are striving for sustainability in our day-to-day operations, our facilities and buildings, the policies we implement, and the education we provide to our employees and citizens.

Currently, we're working to reduce the energy use in our buildings and utilize the free renewable power of the sun where it's appropriate. We have a robust recycling program in our County buildings and out in the community, innovative pilot programs to reduce fuel use in our fleet, and are working to purchase "green" products for office and cleaning supplies.  Our first LEED-certified building was built in 2015, and our Douglas County Food Policy Council continues to be recognized as a regional leader in developing policies and programs to support our local food economy.


Our Services

Open Space Plan

Douglas County is working to develop and implement an Open Space Plan. Common elements of open space plans include trails, buffers between land uses and waterways, native prairies, wetlands, wildlife habitat, agricultural lands and historic sites.

Local Food

Local food systems and programs in Douglas County.

Waste Reduction and Recycling

Information on Waste Reduction and Recycling options.

Department Contacts

Name Job Title Phone Number Email Address
Kim Criner Ritchie Sustainability Manager 785-832-5157
Jamie Hofling Sustainability Impact Analyst 785-330-3017
Umut Bayramoglu Common Ground Program Manager 785-330-2873
Connie Fitzpatrick Food Systems Specialist 785-838-2483