Rep. Joe Pitts (PA-16) received a "Green the Capitol" award from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for adopting sustainable business practices in his Washington and district offices. Rep. Pitts was one of 50 Member offices given the award.
Seventeen Republican offices and 33 Democratic offices were honored for their efforts to reduce electricity usage, reduce waste, and recycle. In just the last few years, the "My Green Office" program that Rep. Pitts participates in has saved 481,650 kilowatts of electricity and 204,020 pounds of landfill waste across Capitol Hill.
Rep. Pitts' statement follows:
"I'm very proud to have my offices honored with this award. Reducing waste contributes to the health of our environment and helps improve the bottom line of the federal government. We're still looking to make more improvements in the coming year, and I hope that all of my colleagues can take small steps toward maintaining greener offices."