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Sustainability

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Welcome to our Green Portal. Here you'll find our activities in support of sustaining the planet.

As the largest employer in the United States, the Federal government has a unique opportunity to influence our country's ecological and financial future. OPM strives to lower our agency's impact on the environment by ensuring that we operate in an efficient manner and minimize agency greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, water use, and waste.

Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan

OPM’s Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan  outlines our goals, strategies, and progress toward meeting Federal environmental goals and reduction targets. We have a number of sustainability efforts underway, including:

  • Increasing the efficiency of our buildings: The Theodore Roosevelt Building, OPM’s headquarters office in Washington, DC, is undergoing a major renovation and modernization that will reduce energy and water use at our largest facility.
  • Using renewable energy: 17.5% of our electricity comes from renewable sources, including wind, biogas, and solar power generated by photovoltaic panels on our headquarters building.
  • Reducing petroleum:  55% of our vehicles use alternative fuel, including more than 250 electric hybrids and 575 “flex fuel” cars that can run on E85.

Sustainability/Energy Scorecard

The Sustainability and Energy Scorecard, issued annually by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), rates agency performance in achieving Federal environmental goals. In FY 2013, OPM made progress in each goal area, including reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, building energy intensity, water intensity, and fleet petroleum:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions: OPM has reduced Scope 1&2 emissions by 22.6% compared to the 2008 baseline by improving the efficiency of our facilities, reducing fuel, and using renewable energy.  In FY 2013 we also made significant progress reducing employee commuting and business travel, achieving a 26.5% reduction in Scope 3 emissions compared to the 2008 baseline.
  • Building energy use: As a result of the modernization project at the Theodore Roosevelt Building and energy upgrades at the Federal Executive Institute, we have reduced energy per square foot by 5.4% since 2003. Additional building upgrades planned for 2014-2015 will allow us to make further progress toward achieving our energy reduction goals.
  • Potable water: We have reduced water consumption by more than 13% since 2007 by installing water efficient fixtures in our facilities and using landscaping to minimize watering.
  • Petroleum: In FY 2013 OPM reduced petroleum consumption by 6.8%; however, meeting Federal reduction goals is a significant challenge. The majority of OPM’s fleet of approximately 1,580 vehicles is used by the Federal Investigative Service, and travel is essential to conducting background checks for government security clearances. To minimize fuel use, our strategy focuses on improving fleet efficiency by converting to more fuel-efficient and alternative fuel vehicles.

Climate Change Adaptation Plan

OPM’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan discusses ways that climate change may impact our ability to achieve our mission-essential functions, operate our facilities, and meet our policy and program objectives, as well as our plans to address climate related challenges in the near and long term. The plan can be found in Appendix I of the 2012 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan.

Past Scorecards and Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans

Executive Fleet

In accordance with Section 1 (b) of the Presidential Memorandum on Federal Fleet Performance and pursuant to the Federal Management Regulation 102-34-50 (41 CFR 102-34.50), executive fleets are required to achieve maximum fuel efficiency; be limited to motor vehicle body size, engine size, and optional equipment to what is essential for agency mission; and be mid-size or smaller sedans, except where larger sedans are essential to the agency mission. OPM’s executive vehicles are listed below.

MakeModelYearFuel TypeOffice Ownership
Ford Expedition 2011 Flex-Fuel Executive Secretariat & Ombudsman
Chrysler 300 2011 Flex-Fuel Executive Secretariat & Ombudsman

Any questions regarding the executive fleet can be directed via email to the AgencyFleetManager@opm.gov.

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