DMV Salutes Earth Day at 40 An Ongoing Commitment to x201c Working and Living Green x201d

California Department of Motor Vehicles
Media Relations Office
2415 First Avenue, MS F-122
Sacramento, CA 95818
Contact: DMV Public Affairs

April 21, 2010

Sacramento –When Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson launched the first “Earth Day” on April 22, 1970, it was supposed to be a nationwide grassroots “teach-in” on environmental issues. It is estimated that 20 million Americans took part in rallies across the nation. Forty years later, the Earth Day Network estimates that 1.5 billion people will participate in various activities to celebrate environmental awareness– – and that includes the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

DMV has been striving for years to take full advantage of the newest “green technology” as well as partnering with its 9,000 employees to conserve energy, save resources and reduce their impact on the environment.

“We serve as a leader and role model for the rest of the state in working smart and living green,” said DMV Director George Valverde.  “With that in mind, the department has launched a comprehensive effort to advance its green activities statewide.”

Valverde noted that DMV has achieved or is in the process of applying for silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USBG) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in more than 20 offices statewide.

Assembly Bill 75, which was passed in 1999, required that all state agencies develop waste management plans and reduce the amount of garbage sent to landfills in half by 2004. DMV has met and surpassed that goal every year by implementing a Waste Management and Recycling Program. In 2005, the department diverted 62 percent of its generated waste; in 2006, 65 percent was diverted; 67 percent in 2007 and 72 percent in 2008.
DMV has also been at the forefront in constantly expanding and promoting environmentally-friendly online services for customers, with more than 9.4 million Internet transactions completed in 2009, a 20 per cent increase over 2008.

DMV employees also play a large role in the department’s green efforts. For example, the department formed a “green team” at its Sacramento headquarters complex in 2006 with representatives from all divisions to promote an environmentally-responsible work ethic. This effort encourages all employees to think green at work and at home, as well as to recycle and “re-purpose” materials whenever possible—again while on their jobs and off.

The department has also created an extensive web-based report titled Working Green, Driving Green, Living Green (PDF) on its environmental policies and achievements and has posted it both on the employee in-house Intranet as well as on the public Internet site at


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