ADEQ's Administrative Services group includes human resources, building management, and fleet management. Staff members handle job applications and benefits for a workforce of around 400, keep track of scheduling and maintenance of department vehicles, and ensure that our building and native landscape are well kept.
ADEQ's ability to protect Arkansas's natural environment depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity, and teamwork of its employees. Staff duties cover a wide spectrum, from investigating a reported tank leak to conducting a teacher workshop on how to begin a school recycling program. A typical work day will find employees conducting field investigations, evaluating permit applications, and holding a grant application seminar. Find out how to apply for a job with ADEQ.
ADEQ’s StEP Phase I initiatives save resources and money:
Energy Use - Electricity/Natural Gas Usage
Following the implementation of modifications to the HVAC system programming, ADEQ's headquarters had a 23 percent drop in electricity usage and a 46 percent decrease in natural gas usage between fiscal years 2009 and 2013. Overall, ADEQ achieved a 33.7 percent decrease in energy consumption for an estimated annual cost savings of between $87,000 and $93,000.
Fleet Fuel Consumption
ADEQ operates a fleet of nearly 120 vehicles. Despite operating the same number of vehicles, ADEQ decreased gasoline consumption by 28.7 percent between fiscal years 2009 and 2013.
ADEQ reduced vehicle miles and petroleum consumption by:
Avoiding unnecessary idling
Driving more efficiently (e.g., observing the speed limit)
Improving routing to eliminate unneeded miles and avoid traffic congestion
Maintaining the vehicles to improve fuel economy and replacing inefficient vehicles that have exceeded their useful life
Eliminating trips by using tools such as video or web conferencing for meetings and training
Acquiring more fuel-efficient vehicles and right-sizing vehicles to job needs
ADEQ headquarters expanded its recycling program, dropping the volume of solid waste—including plastics, mixed paper, aluminum and steel cans, glass bottles, small batteries and used motor oil—by over 57 percent between fiscal years 2005 and 2012.
Since fiscal year 2005, ADEQ has reduced paper usage by 59.3 percent between fiscal years 2005 and 2013.