US EPA meets green targets

The United States’ Environmental Protection Agency has scored green in all categories of a scorecard system established by the US Office of Management and Budget to determine federal agency performance on energy and environmental issues.

The 2011 performance of EPA includes:

  • For Scope 1&2 GHG Reduction Target of 25% by 2020: 56.9% reduction in 2011 and on track
  • For Scope 3 GHG Reduction Target of 8% by 2020: 10.1% reduction in 2011 and on track
  • Reduction in energy intensity in goal-subject facilities compared with 2003: 19.9% and on track for 30% by 2015
  • Use of renewable energy as a percent of facility electricity use: Total of 123.7% from renewable electricity sources including at least 2.5% from new sources (thermal, mechanical, or electric)
  • Reduction in potable water intensity compared with 2007: 15.3% and on track for 26% in 2020
  • Reduction in fleet petroleum use compared to 2005: 32.7% and on track for 20% by 2015
  • Sustainable green buildings: 7.84% of buildings sustainable; 5.68% GSF (gross square feet) of inventory sustainable

The OMB approach represents a useful tool for implementation of a sustainability program in what is essentially a service organization. There will be more about tools for Sustainability in next week’s Gallon Environment Letter.

For details of the EPA’s energy and environment performance, visit

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