A sampling of some agency initiatives

Friday, September 10, 2010

Education Department is developing an environmental management system for its Washington area locations that will commit the agency to aggressive goals in regional and local planning, water use and eliminating waste.

National Archives plans to install solar panels on the roof of its 16 main offices.

Department of Homeland Security is committing to using the Sustainable Sites Initiative for environmentally beneficial landscaping at its St. Elizabeths headquarters, which is under construction.

Justice Department has awarded 17 Energy Service Performance Contracts that will help the department meet its greenhouse gas, energy and water goals.

Transportation Department has established an awards program to highlight intra-agency best practices in waste prevention, recycling and green procurement that complements its Green Procurement Plan.

State Department is reducing personal IT equipment such as printers and scanners, acquiring fuel-economy vehicles and expanding its use of video conferencing technologies.

Environmental Protection Agency has completed a nationwide survey of its facilities to identify the best opportunities for onsite renewable energy generation. EPA has a strategy in place to meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets that incorporates building operations and fleet management.

National Capital Planning Commission has more than 90 percent of its employees using public transit to commute to work, and the agency intends to encourage walking and biking. It also utilizes the Zipcar car-share program in place of agency-owned vehicles.

Peace Corps has developed an agency Green Team that is creating an exchange for unused office supplies. The agency also has reduced its paper consumption by 25 percent by using both sides of all office paper.

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