Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance - EXECUTIVE ORDER 13514
President Obama signed the Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance Executive Order (13514) on October 5, 2009. The Executive Order sets sustainability goals for Federal agencies and focuses on making improvements in their environmental, energy and economic performance. The Executive Order required Federal agencies to submit a 2020 greenhouse gas pollution reduction target within 90 days, and to increase energy efficiency, reduce fleet petroleum consumption, conserve water, reduce waste, support sustainable communities, and leverage Federal purchasing power to promote environmentally-responsible products and technologies. Projected benefits to the taxpayer include substantial energy savings and avoided costs from improved efficiency.
Read how Federal agencies are improving efficiency, reducing pollution, and saving taxpayer dollars by achieving the sustainability goals of Executive Order 13514.
Federal Agency Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans
Continuing a commitment to lead by example, the White House released Federal Agency Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans on September 9, 2010, which work to achieve the environmental, economic and energy goals called for in the Executive Order on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance. This is the first time agencies have developed and submitted Sustainability Plans.
Under the Executive Order, Federal agencies were asked to develop, implement and annually update a plan that prioritizes actions based on a positive return on investment for the American taxpayer and to meet energy, water, and waste reduction targets.
The White House launched the GreenGov Challenge shortly after President Obama signed the Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance Executive Order, asking all Federal and military personnel to share ideas about how the Federal community can lead by example, green the government, and meet the goals of Order.
The GreenGov Challenge demonstrated that the Federal community is committed to leading by example through transforming how they work in practical ways that have real results.
The GreenGov Challenge generated more than 5,000 ideas and 165,000 votes from 14,000 federal employees. The top ideas are summarized in the GreenGov Final Report.
To build on the momentum created from the GreenGov Challenge, President Obama issued a new challenge to Federal and military personnel to put these ideas to work. Federal employees are invited to join the GreenGov Collaborative, an online discussion group with over 1400 members, to share ideas about how the Federal community can lead by example, green the government, and meet the goals of the President's Executive Order on Federal sustainability. Learn more about the Collaborative here.
The White House Council on Environmental Quality hosted the first GreenGov Symposium in October 2010 to identify opportunities around greening the Federal Government and meeting the performance goals set by President Obama in his Executive Order 13514 on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance. The three-day event included plenary presentations from CEQ Chair Nancy Sutley, Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, and Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, among others. Learn more about this annual event here.
GreenGov Supply Chain Parternship and GSA Small Business GHG Inventory Pilot
Executive Order 13514 charged the General Services Administration (GSA) to lead an interagency working group to determine the feasibility of working with the Federal vendor or contractor community to track and reduce Scope 3 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in order to make the Federal Government's supply chain more sustainable.
In April 2010, GSA issued a report that found sustainability considerations, especially GHG emissions data, should be used in the Federal procurement process through an incentivized, phased approach and engaging the Federal vendor community to track and reduce GHG emissions should occur through a collaborative, transparent, and deliberative process.
In response to the report's recommendation, the White House Council on Environmental Quality and GSA launched the GreenGov Supply Chain Partnership and GSA Small Business GHG Inventory Pilot at the GreenGov Supply Chain Summit in Chicago in November 2010. The Summit brought together Federal agencies, leading corporations, small business, and entrepreneurs to discuss how to make the Federal supply chain more efficient and sustainable.
GreenGov Supply Chain Partnership: The GreenGov Supply Chain Partnership is a voluntary program where Federal suppliers agree to voluntarily measure and report their organization's GHG emissions and share their experiences to help GSA develop a phased, incentive-based approach to developing contracting advantages to companies that track and disclose their GHG emissions.
GSA Small Business GHG Inventory Pilot: GSA, in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency, launched the three-year GSA Small Business GHG Inventory Pilot program to assist 60 small businesses with completing a GHG emissions inventory.