Federal Government Environmental Stewardship

October 2012
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Federal Government Environmental Stewardship

At a glance

Implementation of E.O. 13514 requires agencies to integrate sustainability goals with their mission and strategic planning practices. Each agency is charged with developing a Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan that prioritizes the agency’s actions toward the Executive Order goals.

The current challenge for agencies is that E.O. 13514 expands beyond the energy reduction and environmental management and oversight requirements of E.O. 13423 by making reduction of GHG emissions and the development of agency sustainability plans a top priority. In a parallel effort, the Federal Government must also demonstrate accountability and transparency through their operations. Implementation of E.O. 13514 also requires agencies to integrate sustainability goals with their mission and strategic planning practices. Each agency is charged with developing a Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan that prioritizes the agency’s actions toward the Executive Order goals.