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Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has issued its first Sustainability Plan, which includes agency actions to increase energy efficiency and to reduce its overall environmental footprint. The Plan is in response to President Obama's promise to "green" the Federal workplace via Executive Order 13514. The plan is now available at www.opm.gov/strategicplan/OPM_SSPP.pdf.
"OPM is tasked with recruiting, retaining, and honoring a world-class workforce for the American people," said Director John Berry. "There is no better way to honor government employees and all Americans than to ensure their communities are healthy and their resources are used wisely."
The vision of OPM's Sustainability Plan is for all of its business operations to be conducted with the least environmental impact possible. To make this a reality, OPM has set a goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020. Saving energy will also help OPM save money. Current initiatives that will aid OPM in achieving this goal include:
"Environmental and financial sustainability are inherently linked," said OPM Senior Sustainability Officer Tina McGuire. "We don't have money or natural resources to waste, and the more efficient we can be, the more resources will be available for ourselves and future generations to live more prosperous, fulfilling, and enjoyable lives."
Our mission is to Recruit, Retain and Honor a World-Class Workforce to Serve the American People. OPM supports U.S. agencies with personnel services and policy leadership including staffing tools, guidance on labor-management relations and programs to improve work force performance.