Renewable Power. Utilization of renewable energy sources must increase so half of energy purchases come from new renewable resources.
Building Performance. Renovation and construction of buildings must reflect technologies to enhance environmental qualities plus reduce energy usage and more. Vendors who can disclose their emissions data may gain priority in the awarding of contracts.
Water Consumption. Intensity of usage (measured in gallons per gross square foot) must come down by 16 percent by 2015.
Vehicles. Technology will explore alternative and hybrid fuels plus electric vehicles as soon as they are universally available.
Petroleum Conservation. While people everywhere talk about reduction of oil use, this specifically refers to a lowered amount of petroleum used by vehicles in federal fleets—by 2 percent annually.
Alternative Fuels. Likewise, the goal is to increase use of these fuels by 10 percent per year.
Pollution. Reduce or eliminate toxic wastes or pollutant chemicals. Last year’s solid waste savings amounted to over 15 million pounds, the amount that would be generated by 3,600 homes. The aim is to reduce or divert 50 percent of all non-hazardous solid waste by 2015
Procurement. Government purchasing managers must seek out bio-based products including recyclables and environmentally sound materials.
Electronics Management. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 10,000 federal agency computers are put out to pasture each and every week. Today’s guidelines mandate that 100 percent of all computers and monitors must meet Energy Star® guidelines and 100 percent of all products must be reused, recycled, donated, or sold when no longer needed. Here as in other areas, federal agencies compete amongst themselves to see which among them can reuse or recycle the most electronic products.
In 2011 this agency’s head, the Federal Environmental Executive, is Michelle Moore, who previously served as a senior vice president at the U.S. Green Building Council. Through her office in cooperation with the EPA, federal offices receive incentives through awards and recognition programs. Last year’s major winners reused, donated, or recycled more than 51,000 pieces of electronic equipment. More than 58,000 products were purchased that were approved by EPEAT, a global registry for greener electronics. Their careful reduction of greenhouse gases took the equivalent of 7,000 cars from our nation’s highways for a year.