Note: Pending issuance of E.O. 13834 implementing instructions or further direction from CEQ, agencies should continue to use existing guidance unless revised or revoked, particularly with regard to established procedures, reporting processes, definitions, and technical matters. If you have questions, contact your Agencies sustainability staff.
Executive Order (EO) 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, was signed by President Obama on 19 March 2015. Section 16 of this EO revokes the following:
- Executive Order 13423 of January 24, 2007; (FedCenter archive available)
- Executive Order 13514 of October 5, 2009; (FedCenter archive available)
- 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).
The goal of EO 13693 is to maintain Federal leadership in sustainability and greenhouse gas emission reductions.
Federal Agencies shall, where life-cycle cost-effective, beginning in fiscal year 2016, unless otherwise specified, promote building energy conservation, efficiency, and management by reducing agency building energy intensity measured in British thermal units per gross square foot by 2.5 percent annually through the end of fiscal year 2025, relative to the baseline of the agency's building energy use in fiscal year 2015 and taking into account agency progress to date.
Federal Agencies shall, where life-cycle cost-effective, beginning in fiscal year 2016, unless otherwise specified, improve data center energy efficiency at agency facilities by:
- ensuring the agency chief information officer promotes data center energy optimization, efficiency, and performance;
- installing and monitoring advanced energy meters in all data centers by fiscal year 2018; and
- establishing a power usage effectiveness target of 1.2 to 1.4 for new data centers and less than 1.5 for existing data centers.
Federal Agencies shall, where life-cycle cost-effective, beginning in fiscal year 2016, unless otherwise specified, ensure that at a minimum, the following percentage of the total amount of building electric energy and thermal energy shall be clean energy, accounted for by renewable electric energy and alternative energy:
- not less than 10 percent in fiscal years 2016 and 2017;
- not less than 13 percent in fiscal years 2018 and 2019;
- not less than 16 percent in fiscal years 2020 and 2021;
- not less than 20 percent in fiscal years 2022 and 2023; and
- not less than 25 percent by fiscal year 2025 and each year thereafter.
Federal Agencies shall, where life-cycle cost-effective, beginning in fiscal year 2016, unless otherwise specified, improve agency water use efficiency and management, including stormwater management by:
- reducing agency potable water consumption intensity measured in gallons per gross square foot by 36 percent by fiscal year 2025 through reductions of 2 percent annually through fiscal year 2025 relative to a baseline of the agency's water consumption in fiscal year 2007
- installing water meters and collecting and utilizing building and facility water balance data to improve water conservation and management;
- reducing agency industrial, landscaping, and agricultural (ILA) water consumption measured in gallons by 2 percent annually through fiscal year 2025 relative to a baseline of the agency's ILA water consumption in fiscal year 2010; and
- installing appropriate green infrastructure features on federally owned property to help with stormwater and wastewater management.
If an agency operates a fleet of at least 20 motor vehicles, they will improve agency fleet and vehicle efficiency and management by taking actions that reduce fleet-wide per-mile greenhouse gas emissions from agency fleet vehicles, relative to a baseline of emissions in fiscal year 2014, to achieve the following percentage reductions:
- less than 4 percent by the end of fiscal year 2017;
- not less than 15 percent by the end of fiscal year 2021; and
- not less than 30 percent by the end of fiscal year 2025.
NOTE: This is not a comprehensive representation of all of the requirements detailed in EO 13693. Additional information will be added in the coming days/weeks.
Information relating to EO 13693 can be obtained through the following links below:
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 13693. Click through the annotated text for definitions, strategies, and links.
This GSA-developed chart summarizes the major provisions of Executive Order (EO) 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability for the Next Decade, and how they differ from prior authorities.
These instructions, dated 10 June 2015, provide Federal Executive departments and agencies with clarifying instructions for implementing EO 13693.
Dated February 2016, this document updates and replaces the December 2008 Guiding Principles to:
1) Reflect the evolution of sustainable building design, construction, and operating practices since 2008,
2) Incorporate other building-related E.O. 13693 requirements,
3) Increase the economic and environmental benefits of Federal investments in facilities,
4) Enhance occupant health, wellness, and productivity,
5) Include climate resilience in building design, construction, and operations, and protect Federal facilities investments from the potential impacts of climate change, and
6) Provide information on tracking agency green building performance.
To assist agencies with the transition between the 2008 Guiding Principles and the updated 2016 Guiding Principles, the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) developed a crosswalk guidance document to explain and highlight the differences between the 2016 and 2008 versions of the Guiding Principles for existing buildings. The crosswalk is based on the evaluation criteria included in the Guiding Principles compliance document and provide an overall comparison of the major scoring and applicability changes between the two versions. It walks through each of the 2016 Guiding Principles and highlight major changes or significant new requirements.
To assist agencies with the transition between the 2008 Guiding Principles and the updated 2016 Guiding Principles, the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) developed a crosswalk guidance document to explain and highlight the differences between the 2016 and 2008 versions of the Guiding Principles for new construction and modernization. The crosswalk is based on the evaluation criteria included in the Guiding Principles compliance document and provide an overall comparison of the major scoring and applicability changes between the two versions. It walks through each of the 2016 Guiding Principles and highlight major changes or significant new requirements.
Description: This document is a companion to the revised "2016 Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings" and metrics for agencies to use to evaluate compliance with the Guiding Principles.
These 10 July 2013 instructions were affirmed as remaining in effect in the Implementing Instructions for EO 13693. This document provides instructions to Federal agencies on implementation of the water use efficiency and management goals.
This CEQ guidance, dated 17 January 2016, provides direction for calculating and reporting GHG emissions in accordance with E.O. 13693 directives. Agencies shall follow this Guidance to ensure consistent and transparent reporting of Federal GHG emissions. This Guidance is accompanied by appendices that provide more detailed information on inventory reporting, calculation methodologies, and emission factors. This Guidance is not designed for quantifying the reductions from individual GHG mitigation projects, nor does it include strategies for reducing GHG emissions. If an agency identifies a GHG emissions reduction activity or practice that is not covered in this guidance document, and wishes to receive GHG emissions reduction credit for such an activity or practice, the agency should consult with CEQ and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to receive documented approval of the proposed activity or practice and the accounting methodology beforehand.
This document, dated June 2016, provides basic information for Federal staff who are new to the concept of renewable energy and renewable energy certificates (RECs), and are seeking to better understand the options for using RECs to meet Federal renewable energy targets. This guide serves as the "CEQ REC Guidance" referenced in the E.O. 13693 implementing instructions and is intended to assist agencies in understanding the use of RECs to meet the statutory and Executive Order goals for renewable energy. It does not specifically address the process for agencies to report renewable energy consumption. Agencies should refer to the most recent Department of Energy reporting guidance2 for instructions on how to report renewable energy consumption. The document is issued by the Office of Federal Sustainability, Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).
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.
This guidance outlines how Federal agencies can take advantage of workplace charging opportunities under the FAST Act, and provides an approach for a uniform fee for the use of existing and new hard-wired electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) with cordsets including alternating current (AC) Level 1 EVSE, AC Level 2 EVSE, or direct current fast chargers (DCFC), for the purposes of seeking reimbursement under the FAST Act. The document also describes how Federal agency Chief Sustainability Officers should coordinate with Federal agency fleet managers to report annually on the implementation of workplace charging in the Federal Automotive Statistical Tool (FAST). The guidance is effective 19 October 2016.
This guidance was affirmed as remaining in effect in the Implementing Instructions for EO 13693.
This guidance is to be used by Federal agencies for landscape practices when constructing new, or rehabilitating existing, owned or leased facilities, or when landscaping improvements are otherwise planned. The guidance is originally dated 31 October 2011 and was supplemented on 22 October 2014.
This CEQ guidance, dated 23 December 2016, provides agencies with guidance for calculating achievement of the waste diversion goals in E.O. 13693 Section 3(j)(ii) and (iii), in support of the E.O.'s overarching goal of reducing GHG emissions. The waste diversion goals, and therefore the calculation methodologies in this guidance, apply only to non-hazardous waste. Agencies should consult applicable Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) provisions and regulations to ensure determination and proper management of hazardous and non-hazardous waste.
This March 2016 Action Plan lays out a series of activities to fulfill the President's drought-resilience goals. Furthermore, this Action Plan outlines the ways in which the member departments and agencies of the National Drought Resilience Partnership can use existing resources to take additional steps to work with State, regional, tribal, and local partners to respond to drought and lay the founda¬tion for long-term resilience within existing authorities. This Action Plan brings together a wide range of initiatives and concepts to build stronger drought-resilience capabilities. To assist the reader, an Appendix has been included to provide a list of acronyms used throughout the Action Plan.
This memorandum, dated 16 March 2016, states that "It is the policy of the Federal Government to coordinate and use applicable Federal investments, assets, and expertise to promote drought resilience and complement drought preparedness, planning, and implementation efforts of State, regional, tribal, and local institutions. In addition, where appropriate, the Federal Government shall seek partnerships with such institutions and the private sector in order to increase and diversify our Nation's water resources through the development and deployment of new technologies and improved access to alternative water supplies." The memorandum also encourages Federal agencies to implement policies and take actions to achieve drought resilience goals including supporting efforts to conserve and make efficient use of water by carrying out relevant research, innovation, and international engagements.
These 15 September 2011 instructions were affirmed as remaining in effect in the Implementing Instructions for EO 13693. These instructions provide direction to Federal agencies seeking to acquire or develop owned or leased space as well as anticipated moves, expansions or consolidations that significantly impact the overall built environment and community, such as transportation (i.e., vehicle miles traveled, commuting time, congestion), infrastructure, economic development, water and air quality. These instructions will improve Federal agency sustainability performance by ensuring a balanced consideration and evaluation of land use, the built environment, cost, security, mission need and competition on facility location decision-making.
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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.
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EO 13693 requires that monthly performance data for covered buildings be entered into Portfolio Manager. This website provides a series of PDF files and videos covering the ins and outs of ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager.
Every Wednesday at noon Eastern there will be a Portfolio Manager "Ask the Expert" session. It's a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA experts in an open forum. Want to talk to a "real" person? Have a question about how Portfolio Manager calculates your score? Want to learn more about entering Green Power? Join the webinar, and get all your questions about ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager answered in this public forum.
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.
With a good background on the basic functionality of EPA's ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® tool, learn about some advanced features including: using spreadsheet upload templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; creating custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.
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