President Obama recently signed an executive order setting sustainability goals for federal agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make improvements in their environmental, energy, and economic performance. The order requires federal agencies to meet a number of energy, water, and waste reduction targets. It calls for agencies to increase energy efficiency, reduce their fleets’ petroleum consumption, conserve water, reduce waste and support sustainable communities.
The order requires agencies to design all new federal buildings to achieve net-zero energy use by 2030, improve their water efficiency by 26 percent by 2020, minimize their buildings' impacts on storm water runoff, recycle or divert 50 percent of their waste by 2015, reduce their vehicle fleet petroleum use by 30 percent by 2020, and meet sustainability requirements in 95 percent of all applicable contracts.
The mandate makes reducing greenhouse gas emissions a priority for the federal government, which occupies nearly 500,000 buildings, operates more than 600,000 vehicles, employs more than 1.8 million civilians, and purchases more than $500 billion per year in goods and services.
For more information, please see the White House press release and the Executive Order.