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EO 13693 (Archive) - revoked by EO 13834 on May 17, 2018, Sec. 8


Note: May 17, 2018 - EO 13693 has been revoked with the publication of the new EO 13834, "Efficient Federal Operations."

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:

Regulations, Guidance, and Policy


EO 13693
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.
Recommendations and Guidance
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.
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.
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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Lessons Learned
Case Studies
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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