Are you aware of General Services Administration’s Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan? The plan outlines the strategies and policies regarding how the agency can endure Obama Admin’s commitment to cutting pollution, waste, and costs in the federal systems. Sustainability is the main concern of General Services Administration This plan reaffirms the obligation to this priority and includes tactics to handle risks arising from the major climatic changes.
Obama’s Executive Order of 2009 on federal leadership in energy, environment and economic performance highlights the persisting violent targets to reduce pollution and waste in the federal operations within 7 years. The Sustainability Plan of 2012 is to be built on three long years of progress under Executive Order and should offer an outline on the ways the agency is saving taxpayer dollars, cutting waste, saving energy and reducing carbon emissions.
2012 Sustainability Plan of General Services Administration comprises an action plan related to the adaptation to climatic changes, outlining the initiatives for reducing the susceptibility of the agency’s assets, investments and programs to the effects of incremental climatic change like heat waves, rise in sea level, drought, heat waves or climate inconsistency such as extreme or frequent weather events. The plan points out the actions, which address how a changing climatic condition can impact GSA operations and programs, while safeguarding the investments of taxpayer.
Actions in the plan include extensive efforts to continue making federal buildings more viable and to lessen the environmental effect with the cost-saving wits. General Services Administration has reduced the intensity of energy and received sixteen percent of its electrical energy from the renewable resources. The action has even reduced the greenhouse gas emissions by 20% in comparison to the levels that was noticed in 2008. Reduction in petroleum usage with the internal fleet of GSA have totaled to more than 150,000 gallons in last 7 years. Considering the present prices of the gas, this amounts to annual fuel savings of about USD 500,000.
Waste diversion has led to cutting expenses by 3.6 million dollars. With water saving, which is equal to 523 Olympic-sized pools, the action has avoided the costs of nearly 4 million dollars per year. The plan even includes the educational measures for amplifying the sustainability efforts in acquisitions. The green purchasing training for the purchase cardholders and acquisition teams is available for all to assist further drive action priorities and for a better ‘Go Green’ approach.
Other than this Climate Change Adaptation Plan, there are two more components that are included in the Sustainability Plans– Bio-based Purchasing Strategies and Fleet Management Plans. The federal agencies keep posting the Sustainability Plans annually, giving priority to the activities, which help to meet water, energy and waste reduction objectives based on positive ROI for American taxpayer.