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"Executive departments and agencies have been among our Nation's leaders as the United States works to build a clean energy economy that will sustain our prosperity and the health of our people and our environment for generations to come. Federal leadership in energy, environmental water, fleet, buildings, and acquisition management will continue to drive national greenhouse gas reductions and support preparations for the impacts of climate change. - President Barack Obama, Executive Order 13693

The Office of Federal Sustainability is pleased to invite Federal personnel to participate in the White House Council on Environmental Quality's 2015 GreenGov Presidential Awards nomination process.  The 2015 GreenGov Presidential Awards celebrate extraordinary achievement in the pursuit of President Obama's Executive Orders on Federal Sustainability.

The GreenGov Presidential Awards honor exceptional Federal personnel, teams, projects and facilities, and programs that exemplify President Obama's charge to lead by example in sustainability. Domestic and international teams, projects, programs, and facilities are eligible along with individuals, and agencies are encouraged to submit multiple nominations.

The 2015 GreenGov Presidential Awards categories are:

1) Sustainability Hero 5) Green Dream Team
2) Green Innovation 6) Building the Future
3) Lean, Clean, and Green 7) Climate Champion
4) Good Neighbor

Nominations must be submitted by a Federal employee through the FedCenter website, www.fedcenter.gov, between April 6, 2015 and May 22, 2015.  Descriptions of the award categories, as well as nominating instructions are below.  We look forward to celebrating the outstanding accomplishments of the Federal community.

2015 GreenGov Presidential Awards – Award Categories

In the following descriptions, the term "agency" includes Federal agencies, bureaus, services and operating divisions within larger departments, as well as independent agencies.

To be eligible for the 2015 GreenGov Presidential Award, the nomination must include Federal civilian or military employees.  For individual awards, nominees must be Federal civilian or military employees.  A team nomination may include a Federal partner including a Federal contractor, tribal/state/local agency, or non-profit organization but must be comprised primarily of Federal employees. 

1) Sustainability Hero Award – This award recognizes a Federal employee who is a sustainability champion and an agent of change within his or her agency. The selected individual will demonstrate a history of outstanding performance in leading implementation of sustainable practices while reflecting a comprehensive approach to energy and environmental management through innovative strategies, practices, and outreach.

2) Green Innovation Award – This award recognizes an innovation or idea with clear potential to transform the Federal community's overall energy and environmental performance, in keeping with the goals defined by Executive Order 13514. This award will be presented to an individual or team responsible for the development and execution of a novel new product, project, program, design, or revolutionary idea that facilitates sustainability across the Federal Government.  Award winners will ideally represent efforts in the implementation stage; however, innovation that demonstrates near-term feasibility may also be recognized.

3) Lean, Clean, and Green Award – This award recognizes outstanding organizational achievement in building or fleet energy efficiency or renewable energy development and deployment.  The winning project or program will demonstrate a combination of measurable results in energy efficiency (reduced energy consumption), increased use of renewable energy, and reduced greenhouse gas pollution, or decreased petroleum fuel consumption and greenhouse gas pollution reduction.

4) Good Neighbor Award – This award recognizes a Federal agency team for its exemplary engagement with local or regional communities to promote one or more of the goals of Executive Order 13514.  Nominations in this category should focus on Federal agency representatives who are actively involved in local community planning and sustainability initiatives, have established and are pursuing collaborative sustainability goals, and demonstrate success in aligning policies and practices with community partners to achieve those goals.  Nominations for this category must include at least one letter of support from a non-Federal local or regional community partner in order to be considered. Letters of support should be sent to greengov@fedcenter.gov, please include your application number in the subject line, and address the letter to: Office of the Federal Environmental Executive, GreenGov Presidential Awards Panel.

5) Green Dream Team Award – This award recognizes exceptional leadership by an interagency green team to effectively place a Federal sustainability idea into action.  The selected team will have clearly demonstrated that its collaboration efforts were integral to the successful implementation and institutionalization of the idea within its office, agency, or agencies and will highlight collaboration through Regional Councils, Federal Executive Boards, workgroups or other interagency organizations and teams.

6) Building the Future Award – This award recognizes a Federal civilian or military facility or installation that successfully demonstrates the policy and performance goals of Executive Order 13514 by incorporating sustainable practices and principles into all aspects of their operations.  Nominees should highlight significant achievements in building or installation design, operation and management, supply chain management, resource conservation, community engagement, employee involvement, and innovation in order to create a more sustainable facility.

7) Climate Champion Award – This award recognizes a Federal agency individual or team that has shown consistent leadership in identifying the impacts climate change will have on the operations, policies and programs in the Federal community, acting to adapt Federal programs or projects to the impacts of climate change, and sharing their experiences to help others prepare. The award winner in this category will exhibit significant understanding of the impacts of climate change on Federal operations, programs and policies and will have openly and positively shared that knowledge with other Federal agencies, contributing to the nation's overall climate preparedness. Ideally, nominees also will have helped lead the development and successful implementation of plans to foster awareness or address the impacts of climate change over the near and/or long term.

Submission Instructions

Nominations must be submitted by a Federal employee through the FedCenter website, www.fedcenter.gov between April 6, 2015 and May 22, 2015.  Please contact your Agency's Senior Sustainability Officer if there are additional guidelines for your agency. 

Agency Senior Sustainability Officers or their designee will be provided copies of the nominations submitted by their agency's personnel.  The Senior Sustainability Officer will determine which nominations will be included for award consideration.  Final award winners will be chosen by a Selection Committee named by the Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and composed of leaders from the Federal, nonprofit, local and state government, and private sectors.

Please remember these important points when submitting your nomination:

1.   Only nominations for which there is a completed Nomination Form will be eligible for consideration. If you have problems entering your data electronically, please contact OFEE at greengov@fedcenter.gov.  Please apply for only one award per submission.


2.   Eligibility:  The 2015 GreenGov Presidential Award nomination form must be completed and submitted by a Federal civilian or military employee. 

a.    Individual – a Federal civilian or military employee.

b.    Team – a Federal civilian or military team which may include a Federal partner including contractor, tribal/state/local agency, or non-profit organization that worked with the Federal community on the subject project. 

3.   2015 GreenGov Presidential Award review process:

a.    Call for Nominations April 6, 2015

b.    Nominations submission period April 6, 2015 – May 22, 2015

c.    Agency Senior Sustainability Officers or their designee will review the applications that have been submitted by their agency and will decide which will be forwarded for consideration.

d.    Subject Matter Expert Review

e.    Environmental Regulatory Compliance Status and Enforcement History, Compliance Check

f.     2015 GreenGov Presidential Awards judges composed of leaders from the Federal, nonprofit, local and state government, and private sectors, Chaired by the Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.  The judges will review the nominations and recommend the 2015 award recipients to the President.

g.    Notification to 2015 GreenGov Presidential Awards Finalists will be made in early Fall of 2015.

h.    GreenGov Awards Ceremony, The White House Council on Environmental Quality will announce the Federal winners of the 2015 GreenGov Presidential Awards in the fall of 2015.  Federal agencies are responsible for any travel costs for their award recipients to attend the 2015 GreenGov Presidential Awards Ceremony.


4.    The nomination narrative must meet the requirements listed below and be entered on the nomination form for the 2015 GreenGov Presidential Awards at FedCenter.gov:

*For the Sustainability Hero Award, please respond to parts A, B, and C, below, as follows: respond to part A with a description of the work for which the individual is being recognized, part B with the results he or she has achieved, and part C with how he or she has mentored others.*

a.    Describe the project, including how the project (for the Sustainability Hero Award please reference the scope and body of the work) was conceived and implemented, what strategies and technologies were deployed, who was involved and an approximate project timeline. (max 750 words)

b.    Describe results and achievements to-date, focusing not only on outputs but also on intermediate and long-term outcomes, and anticipated future outcomes. (max 500 words)

c.    Explain how the project has been replicated or has a high potential to be replicated within the Federal government and has been shared with colleagues in other organizations/agencies. (max 250 words)


5.    Recognizing that compliance with environmental regulatory requirements is a fundamental responsibility of Federal agencies and Federal employees at all levels, each application will be subject to a review of environmental compliance status. This process will include consideration of information in the Environmental Protection Agency's Enforcement & Compliance History Online (ECHO) (formerly OTIS), which is available online at: http://echo.epa.gov/?redirect=otis, as well as other available compliance and enforcement information.  

a.    If the application involves activities at a Federal facility or installation, the application should confirm that the compliance information for your facility on the ECHO system for the relevant facility or installation has been reviewed and concurs with the information presented. If you believe that the compliance information available on the ECHO System is not correct, please note this in your Nomination Form.

   6.  Please submit your Nomination form, no later than May 22, 2015.

Last Updated: May 26, 2015