Green Scorecards Rate Federal Agencies

Under Executive Order 13514, President Obama directed federal agencies to meet energy, water, pollution, and waste reduction targets; now, for the first time, these agencies have released their scorecards on energy sustainability performance, with an eye towards improving energy efficiency.

These scorecards are based on benchmarks in areas such as water use reduction, renewable energy, and fleet gasoline consumption, scoring each agency on its progress towards established sustainability targets. Based on the results of this scorecard, each agency will now update its Sustainability Plan (due to this June) to address areas needing improvement, and to expand on successes.

USDA Sustainability Scorecard

image via U.S. Department of Agriculture

“To meet the President’s ambitious energy and environmental goals, agencies need to know where they stand,” said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, in a statement. She goes on to note that these agency benchmarks will provide a useful measuring stick to help agencies stay on target to save taxpayers billions in energy costs over the next decade.

A complete listing of Energy Scorecards by agency is available online.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.