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Garcia and Associates (GANDA) recognizes the need to do its part in reducing its carbon footprint throughout the company's operations. As such, GANDA initiated a formal program in 2011 to identify and work toward reducing its direct environmental impacts. Prior to that, GANDA had implemented a number of measures that have contributed to minimizing our carbon footprint and associated energy consumption and emissions, including telecommuting, establishing offices near key groups of employees to reduce commutes.

GANDA's Green Plan, initially prepared and formalized in 2012 lays out GANDA's Environmental Green Stewardship policy statement, implementation, and methods for tracking and monitoring success against identified action items. The Plan has two elements: Management Actions Items which, once implemented, will reduce environmental impacts; and implementation of an Environmental Management and Tracking System (EMTS) under which energy and water usage, and direct/indirect impacts are tracked against established goals.

As part of our Green Plan, GANDA established an initial two-year assessment period which set July 2010 to June 2011 as its base year (Base Year 1) and ran from July 2011 through June 2013 (Plan Year 1, 2). GANDA management revised the Green Plan in October 2014 and has implemented and completed a three-year assessment period, using the final year of the last assessment period as the base year (Base Year 2) and running from July 2013 through June 2016 (Plan Years 3, 4, 5).

With the addition of the San Rafael office in the middle of 2016, GANDA has determined to begin a new assessment period, with the period from July 2016 through June 2017 acting as a new Base Year (3). This has allowed GANDA to effectively report trends with this new setup as a basis, rather than reporting dramatic performance shifts in the middle of the assessment period, as seen in this past assessment period with the expansion of the Oakland office.