Jul. 12, 2017
EPA recognizes the efforts of federal facilities that took steps to improve efficiency, save resources and reduce costs as part of the Federal Green Challenge (FGC). Through their involvement, FGC participants reduced the federal government's environmental impact by reducing fuel oil consumption by more than 500K gallons, sending 310 tons of end-of-life electronics to third-party recyclers, saving 9.2 million gallons of industrial water, and diverting over 336K tons of waste from landfills. FGC awards are offered in two categories – data driven and narrative. Data driven awards, given in the six target areas of Waste, Electronics, Purchasing, Energy, Water and Transportation, are based on the greatest percentage of change over the previous year. Narrative awards are self-nominating and are given in the categories of Innovation, Education and Outreach, and Leadership.
Dec. 9, 2016
The Energy Department recognized 30 winners across the federal government with the 2016 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards. These annual awards highlight federal agencies' commitments and accomplishments in leading the nation toward more sustainable energy, water and vehicle fleet use and saving taxpayer money and reducing pollution.Through their innovative efforts, winners--including staff serving the U.S. Air Force, Army, Army Corps of Engineers, Defense Logistics Agency, Marine Corps, and Navy; the Departments of Commerce, Health and Human Services, Interior, and Veterans Affairs; the General Services and National Aeronautics and Space Administrations; and the Environmental Protection Agency--netted an energy savings equivalent to removing almost 48,000 cars from the road for one year or eliminating the average annual energy use from almost 24,000 households.
Sep. 12, 2016
It's now easier to buy computers and other IT hardware, save money, AND meet green purchasing requirements. The new content tags identify shared acquisition contract vehicles that meet or exceed all current sustainability requirements. For IT Hardware, these tags mean energy efficiency and environmental preferability. These tags are now visible in the Solutions Finder to help acquisition professionals identify IT Hardware contract vehicles that are consistent with Federal Sustainability requirements.
Aug. 2, 2016
The Initiative requires agencies to implement strategies to consolidate inefficient infrastructure, optimize existing facilities, improve security posture, achieve cost savings, and transition to more efficient infrastructure, such as cloud services and inter-agency shared services. As part of this process, agencies will be required to achieve five optimization targets that will dramatically improve the efficiency of Federal data centers. Agencies are also tasked to close and consolidate duplicative Federal data centers. Lastly, the initiative sets a goal of reducing annual costs associated with Federal data centers by at least 25 percent by the end of FY 2018.
Jul. 14, 2016
This July 2016 advice letter sent to GSA by the Green Building Advisory Committee includes a set of recommendations for Federal agencies to incorporate integrated portfolio planning to strategically address sustainability, resilience, and effective space utilization.
Jun. 28, 2016
A collection of projects and practices which Federal agencies have implemented to achieve green building goals. Information is categorized by the headings "Policies and Strategies," Tools and Training," and "Best Practices and Case Studies." Subjects covered within these categories include, but are not limited to: water conservation, energy efficiency, metering, NetZero, lighting, green leasing, sustainable acquisition, and design.
Jun. 8, 2016
Issued June 2016 by the Office of Federal Sustainability, Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) this document provides guidance on the installation, operation, and maintenance of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging stations for privately owned PEVs in parking areas used by Federal employees and authorized users. This initial guidance, developed by CEQ in consultation with the Office of Science and Technology Policy, supports the implementation of EO 13693 by outlining how agencies can provide workplace charging opportunities under the FAST Act and provides an approach for a uniform fee for the use of existing and new alternating current (AC) Level 1 charging receptacles, commonly known as wall outlets, for the purposes of seeking reimbursement under the FAST Act. This guidance applies to Federal buildings not under the jurisdiction, custody, or control of the GSA.
Feb. 29, 2016
The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has issued a revised "Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings", per Executive Order 13693 "Planning for Federal Sustainability for the Next Decade." This guidance updates and replaces the "High Performance and Sustainable Buildings Guidance", issued by CEQ in December 2008 to:
- reflect the evolution of sustainable building design, construction, and operating practices since 2008,
- incorporate other building-related E.O. 13693 requirements,
- increase the economic and environmental benefits of Federal investments in facilities,
- enhance occupant health, wellness, and productivity,
- include climate resilience in building design, construction, and operations, and protect Federal facilities investments from the potential impacts of climate change, and
- provide information on tracking agency green building performance.
The revised guiding principles are located here
and its companion guidance "Determining Compliance with the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings" is located here
Feb. 16, 2016
The Committee reviews strategic plans, products, and activities of the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, and provides advice regarding how the Office can accomplish its mission most effectively. The next Committee meeting is 28 April 2016. See the Federal Register Announcement for details on the Agenda how to attend in person or virtually.
Feb. 16, 2016
The Green Leasing task group is part of the Green Building Advisory Committee and is tasked with providing "recommendations to improve federal government leasing language and requirements regarding . . . sustainability goals.' The Green Leasing task group will hold recurring, weekly conference calls on Tuesdays beginning 1 March 2016 through 26 April 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., (EDT).See the Federal Register Announcement for details on how to attend in person or virtually any or all of the meetings.
Feb. 11, 2016
Water Resource Management and EO 13693
GSA and EPA invite all federal, state and local agencies, NGO's, and interested parties to the first meeting of the water resource management workgroup to learn of current programs, discuss challenges and identify potential collaborative efforts to meet the requirements of EO 13693. You can attend this meeting either virtually or in Lakewood, CO on February 24, 2016. See the attached flyer
Nov. 24, 2015
The GreenGov Presidential Awards celebrate extraordinary achievement in the pursuit of President Obama's Federal Sustainability goals. They honor Federal civilian and military personnel, agency teams, agency projects, facilities, and programs that exemplify President Obama's charge to lead by example.
On November 23, the White House announced eight awards in seven different categories to individuals and teams. These honorees exemplify our Federal workforce's commitment to meeting the President's directive to create a clean energy economy that will increase our Nation's prosperity, promote energy security, protect the interests of taxpayers, combat climate change, and safeguard the health of our environment.
Oct. 5, 2015
This version of the workbook must be used for comprehensive reporting of fiscal year (FY) 2015 energy, costs, square footage, and associated operational data. The data report is an Excel workbook that collects agency-aggregated data that are necessary for calculating scope 1, 2, and 3 greenhouse gas emissions in the commonly used native units of energy consumption and fugitive emissions, as well as activity data for estimating scope 3 indirect emissions. It provides users with the summation of their calculated emissions, as well as the performance results for other energy and sustainability goals. The Annual Greenhouse Gas and Sustainability Data Report for FY 2015 is due on 29 January 2016.
Jul. 1, 2015
Continue to learn about EPA's ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as: editing property data; correcting and updating property use details; using the data quality checker; and sharing property data. Multiple dates available.
Jun. 17, 2015
The 2015 symposium was the platform for releasing the new implementing instructions for EO 13693 as well as providing updates on numerous other sustainability efforts by Federal Agencies. See the website for a full list of presentations and speakers. The symposium was held on 10 June 2015 and hosted by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and George Washington University.
Apr. 28, 2015
This April 2015 guide outlines how to ensure compliance with the sustainability requirements included in a contract. It provides best practices that can be used during both pre-award and post-award stages of a procurements to help ensure contractors deliver the sustainable products enumerated in a contract or purchasing agreement. In addition, it provides guidance and resources to check whether a contractor or lessor has provided acceptable documentation to show compliance for many of the commonly used sustainable requirements (e.g. WaterSense, EPEAT, Green Seal, SNAP).
Apr. 28, 2015
Need help understanding Executive Order (EO) 13693? Want to know more about how to take action and turn your building into a high-performance building? The Sustainable Facilities Tool can walk you through EO 13653. Click through the annotated text for definitions, strategies, and links.
Mar. 30, 2015
GSA is launching a pilot to encourage its vendors and contractors to publicly disclose their company-wide greenhouse gas emissions. The new pilot - which is voluntary - will also ask about 120 of GSA's largest vendors and contractors to reduce their overall greenhouse gas emissions.
Mar. 26, 2015
Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade
19 March 2015
The goal of EO 13693 is to maintain Federal leadership in sustainability and greenhouse gas emission reductions. Signed by President Obama on 19 March 2015. Section 16 of this EO revokes the following:
- Executive Order 13423 of January 24, 2007;
- Executive Order 13514 of October 5, 2009;
- Presidential Memorandum of December 2, 2011 (Implementation of Energy Savings Projects and Performance-Based Contracting for Energy Savings);
- Section 1 of Presidential Memorandum of February 21, 2012 (Driving Innovation and Creating Jobs in Rural America through Biobased and Sustainable Product Procurement); and
- Presidential Memorandum of December 5, 2013 (Federal Leadership on Energy Management); and
- Presidential Memorandum of May 24, 2011 (Federal Fleet Performance).