As part of its commitment to an open, transparent government, the U.S. Department of Education is releasing, for the first time, its scorecard on sustainability and energy performance. Under an executive order, President Obama has directed federal agencies to lead by example in clean energy and to meet a range of energy, water, pollution and waste reduction targets. Using this FY 2010 scorecard as a benchmark, the Department will identify and track the best opportunities to reduce pollution, improve efficiency and cut costs.
Because the Education Department does not own any of the buildings it occupies, it does not report on energy intensity, renewable energy, potable water intensity or sustainable green buildings. Therefore, those portions of the scorecard have been marked N/A.
However, the Department continues to improve its sustainability efforts by working closely with the General Services Administration on modernizing the Mary E. Switzer building, which is on track for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification – the second highest distinction. In addition, the Department has developed a complete, comprehensive 2010 greenhouse gas inventory for scope 1, 2 and 3. It has also met all Electronic Stewardship goals and, in conjunction with the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive, has developed an online green purchasing training course.
OMB Scorecard on Sustainability/Energy: