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Policies & Strategies

This section is devoted to the broad policies and strategies covering the whole government or entire agencies, services or bureaus, which set the context for achievements in Federal green building.

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government wide
pdf file type November 23rd, 2016

1 GW Renewable Energy Goal for Civilian Agencies by 2021 – R. Shepherd, November 2016

Rachel Shepherd, DOE-FEMP’s Renewable Energy Program Manager, introduces the White House goal “for civilian agencies to procure and facilitate development of 1 gigawatt of new renewable electricity by 2021,” announced in October 2016. The presentation includes a look at how this new goal would build on current progress toward federal renewable energy targets.
See the White House blog announcing the new civilian GW goal at https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/10/14/continuing-administrations-commitment-deploying-clean-energy-federal-facilities. For more information on DOE-FEMP’s work on renewable energy projects and technologies, visit: http://energy.gov/eere/femp/federal-renewable-energy-projects-and-technologies.

pdf file type October 5th, 2015

AFFECT Grant Program - D. Boomsma, Sept. 2015

David Boomsma of DOE's Federal Energy Management Program described the Assisting Federal Facilities with Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) grant program and invited agencies to provide input for AFFECT's future. For more information, visit the program’s website. To offer comments on what your agency would or would not like to see in terms of topic areas for FY16 and FY17, contact David Boomsma, David.Boomsma@ee.doe.gov.

pdf file type August 11th, 2015

Analysis of Guiding Principles for High Performance Sustainable Buildings - CMeincke, MMyers, Mar. 2012

A discussion of how standards, compliance and reporting may be improved to help agencies meet sustainability goals. Visit the Federal Energy Management Program for technical assistance with renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

pdf file type January 22nd, 2016

Baseline Standard Update: Federal Energy Efficiency Performance Standard - S. Jensen, Jan. 2016

Sarah Jensen of DOE's Office of Sustainable Environmental Stewardship provides a briefing on the new DOE rule updating the energy efficiency performance requirement for new federal buildings to ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2013. To learn more, visit the Federal Register page.

pdf file type November 2nd, 2016

Data Center Optimization Initiative – D. Pomeroy, September 2016

Dan Pomeroy, Director of the IT Portfolio Management Division in GSA’s Office of Governmentwide Policy (OGP), explains the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) announced by the Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO) in August 2016. DCOI replaces the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative and sets aggressive goals for data center consolidation and optimization to be met by FY 2018. For more information, visit the CIO’s DCOI home page, at https://datacenters.cio.gov/optimization/, and the press release announcing OGP’s participation as the DCOI Managing Partner, at http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/141466

pdf file type August 11th, 2015

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager - CHatcher, Mar. 2015

An overview of Portfolio Manager, which assists building managers and owners with evaluating compliance with the Federal High Performance Sustainable Building Guiding Principles. Learn more about ENERGY STAR Buildings Support and see what additional trainings apply to you.

powerpoint file type August 11th, 2015

Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act (FBPTA) and Facilities Management Institute - BGilligan, updated Apr2015

An overview of the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act. GSA's Facilities Management Institute offers pathways to professional development for early or transitional employees as well as more advanced employees.

pdf file type November 23rd, 2016

Federal Climate Resiliency Actions & Tools – E. Hotchkiss, November 2016

Eliza Hotchkiss of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) details the results of a climate resiliency pilot project launched by the White House Council on Environmental Quality, in which NREL partnered with the State of Colorado. Initiated in 2014, this pilot was meant to combine state and federal expertise to determine and plan for climate-related vulnerabilities in that region, and to produce models and lessons learned that could be applied to other localities and agencies. As the main output of this effort, NREL infused its stakeholder-driven, participatory process into an interactive tool, the Climate Change Resilience Roadmap, which guides users through a “collaborative approach to multi-jurisdictional planning.”
Test out the Climate Change Resilience Roadmap here: http://www.nrel.gov/tech_deployment/resilience-planning-roadmap/

pdf file type July 25th, 2016

Federal Renewable Energy Procurement Options – T. Niro and C. Shah, July 2016

FEMP offers guidance and resources on the variety of pathways open to federal government entities looking to meet their renewable energy procurement goals. In this presentation, Tracy (Logan) Niro of FEMP and Chandra Shah of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory describe these pathways—including but not limited to alternative financing options, power purchase agreements (PPAs), and renewable energy certificates (RECs)—in detail. For more information, visit the FEMP Renewable Energy Projects and Technologies website. Viewers are also encouraged to visit the FEMP Training website to explore renewable energy training opportunities.

pdf file type August 11th, 2015

Green Building Certification Rule and Fossil Fuel-Generated Energy Reduction - SJensen, updated May 2015

A look at the requirements of the Fossil Fuel-Generated Energy Consumption Reduction Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“Fossil Fuel SNOPR” and the energy and water requirements of the Green Building Certification Rule.

pdf file type August 11th, 2015

Green Leasing - A. Kosmides, Mar. 2013

2013 progress on green leasing, showing the development of a green lease, GSA sustainability requirements for leases, LEED standards for green leasing, ENERGY STAR requirements and green leasing resources. Learn more at the GSA Office of Leasing or DOE's Green Lease Procedures.

pdf file type July 25th, 2016

GSA: Office of Leasing Sustainability Update – A. Kosmides, July 2016

Alexandra Kosmides updates the ISWG on the GSA Leasing Office’s current issues of focus: GSA Green Leasing Requirements, including implications of Executive Order 13693; Guiding Principles in Leased Space; Utility Consumption Reporting and EISA Benchmarking Provision; Model Commercial Leasing Provisions – Net of Utilities Leases; and what’s ahead for FY 2017 and FY 2018. For more information, visit the GSA Office of Leasing website: http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/104480.

pdf file type May 24th, 2016

Guiding Principles Overview – N. Baker, C. Meincke, and M. Myers, May 2016

To help agencies navigate the 2016 Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings, FEMP has developed and is planning several GP resources, tools, and training sessions through FY 2018. Nic Baker, Carol Meincke, and Mike Myers describe these plans, identify the major changes between the 2008 and 2016 GP, and discuss the implications for projects that began prior to the 2016 GP revision.
For more information, visit the FEMP 2016 GPs website at http://energy.gov/eere/femp/articles/council-environmental-quality-issues-2016-guiding-principles-sustainable-federal.

pdf file type September 30th, 2016

Mastering Campus Sustainability Management: Tools for Success – N. Baker, K. Fowler, O. VanGeet, and J. Maestas, September 2016

Led by Nic Baker, DOE-FEMP’s Large Campus Innovative Change (LCIC) Team explores why the federal government could benefit from a shifting its sustainability focus to the site- or campus-level. A FEMP analysis of EISA reporting data, for example, indicates that the top 450 energy-using federal campuses account for roughly 75% of all federal energy use. LCIC team members Kim Fowler of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Otto VanGeet of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and Jesse Maestas of Verus Resource Management provide a wide-ranging overview of this topic. Included in the presentation are best practices for campus-level sustainability, a particular focus on energy management, and an exploration of the financing options available to agencies doing energy projects.
Useful links for further information:
FEMP’s LCIC home page: http://energy.gov/eere/femp/large-campus-innovative-change-initiative.
Resources from LCIC team’s pre-conference workshop at Energy Exchange 2016: http://energy.gov/eere/femp/downloads/mastering-campus-energy-and-water-management-tools-success-presentations-and.
United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Global District Energy in Cities Initiative: http://www.districtenergyinitiative.org/

pdf file type August 11th, 2015

Sustainable Products & Purchasing - A.Bennett, Nov. 2014

An overview of EPA's environmentally preferable purchasing program and timeline for developing EPP standards and ecolabels. Learn more at EPA's Green Purchasing Guide or see EPA's guidance on Environmentally Preferably Purchasing.

pdf file type September 22nd, 2015

U.S. EPA Activities to Support Green Power Purchasing - R. Fernandez, Sept. 2015

Roger Fernandez of EPA's Green Power Partnership and Center for Corporate Climate Leadership describes how these two voluntary programs are helping increase renewable energy use. Includes information on Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and the EPA-sponsored Climate Leadership Awards. To learn more, visit the EPA websites for the Green Power Partnership and the Center for Corporate Climate Leadership.

pdf file type March 11th, 2016

Water Efficiency Provisions of E.O. 13514: Implementation - K.Hatcher, V.Blette, Jan. 2014

Guidance for agencies with meeting water efficiency goals and reporting requirements, including adding water use in Portfolio Manager. Learn more at EPA's WaterSense.

agency wide
pdf file type August 20th, 2015

Army Net Zero Initiative - K.Kingery, Jul. 2014

An overview of the Army's net zero pilot program and installations. Visit Army Net Zero or see the Army's 2012 Sustainability Report to learn more.

pdf file type August 11th, 2015

DOD / National Academies: Green Building Certification Systems - K.Welch, May 2013

Describes the development of the Department of Defense's Sustainable Buildings Strategy. Visit DOD Sustainability to learn more.

powerpoint file type August 11th, 2015

DOE’s Sustainability Efforts - JShonder, May 2015

A look at how DOE is working toward a clean energy future. Visit DOE's Sustainability Performance Office to learn more and read their 2014 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan.

pdf file type August 25th, 2015

GSA Sustainable Buildings Program - E. Reed, July 2015

Details GSA's successes and challenges in achieving mandated sustainability targets in its owned and leased buildings portfolio. Includes information on the Guiding Principles, GSA's "On Green" performance measure, and more. Visit the GSA Sustainable Design site to learn more.

pdf file type August 20th, 2015

GSA’s Total Workplace Program - C.Hardy, Jan. 2015

GSA's office makeover to reduce energy, space, and rent while increasing workplace collaboration. Visit GSA to learn more about this program.

pdf file type August 11th, 2015

NASA Sustainable Facilities and the Guiding Principles - E.Mszar, updated June 2015

Details the timeline of NASA's sustainable facilities policy and presents their guiding principles, highlighting six retro-commissioning examples.

pdf file type August 11th, 2015

State Department: Sustainable Global Portfolio - D.McIntire, May 2014

An overview of how the State Department is making overseas missions more sustainable with several case studies. Visit the State Department's Environmental Performance and Sustainability to learn more.

pdf file type August 20th, 2015

U.S. Coast Guard Advanced Metering Program - L.Smolinski, Nov. 2013

A description of the Coast Guard's energy metering program, looking at required equipment, data management and lessons learned. Visit the USCG Office of Energy Management to learn more.

pdf file type August 11th, 2015

VA's Green Building Assessment and Certification - C.Stamper, J.Park, Mar. 2012

An overview of the Department of Veteran's Affairs' green building program including sustainable building surveys and future plans. More information is found at VA: Green Management Programs.

industry wide
pdf file type August 20th, 2015

ASHRAE Standard 189.1 - D.Horn, D.Carpio, Mar. 2015

An overview of ASHRAE's standard for green buildings and updated sections on site requirements, water, energy, IEQ, materials and construction. Visit ASHRAE to learn more about this standard. 

pdf file type August 11th, 2015

Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS): 2012 Preliminary Results - J. Michaels, Sept. 2014

An overview of the CBECS survey and timeline for data releases. The Energy Information Administration has posted the CBECS to provide more detail.

pdf file type August 11th, 2015

Defining Zero-Energy Buildings - SPunjabi, Mar. 2015

A look at the High Performance Building Council and the process of defining zero energy buildings (ZEBs): An energy-efficient building where the actual annual source energy consumption is balanced by on-site renewable energy. Visit the National Institute of Building Sciences’ Whole Building Design Guide to learn more.

pdf file type August 20th, 2015

Living Building Challenge and Examples - A.Sturgeon, Nov. 2013

Shows progress on the Living Buildings Challenge, which rates buildings on their actual performance, and looks closely at buildings in Hawaii, New York, Washington, Wyoming and Canada. Visit the Living Building Challenge to learn more.

pdf file type May 24th, 2016

New Data from the 2012 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS): Consumption and End Uses – J. Michaels, May 2016

Joelle Michaels, the CBECS Survey Manager at the U.S. Energy Information Administration (DOE-EIA), reports on the final consumption and expenditures data from the 2012 survey, released in May 2016. She also requests feedback on interest in a potential CBECS microdata workshop.
For more information, visit the CBECS home page at http://www.eia.gov/consumption/commercial. Also look for an article describing the CBECS results on EIA’s blog Today in Energy: http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/.

pdf file type November 17th, 2015

Zero Energy Building Definition - C. Taylor, Nov. 2015

Cody Taylor of DOE's Building Technologies Office presents on the DOE report, "A Common Definition of Zero Energy Buildings," released in September 2015. Download the full report here.

agency specific
pdf file type July 25th, 2016

Net Zero Waste – T. Hood, July 2016

Timonie Hood, Zero Waste & Green Building Coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Pacific Southwest Region (Region 9), introduces the concept of net zero waste and details progress on waste reduction nationally and in her EPA region.
Useful links for further information: EPA’s annual report, Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures
Using reusables in packaging: UseReusables.org (includes some inspiring success stories)
EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge and Federal Green Challenge websites
Guam Environmental Protection Agency
Lifecycle Building Challenge

pdf file type July 25th, 2016

U.S. Army Net Zero Waste – W. Johnsen, July 2016

Wanda Johnsen of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy & Environment) describes how the Army is carrying out its net zero waste policy. This includes the use of various tools: waste characterization, material flow analysis, green purchasing, an integrated waste management plan, and a recycling program.
For more information, including net zero waste case studies from Joint Base Lewis-McChord and other installations, visit the Army Net Zero website. For the official policy, see Army Directive 2014-2 (Net Zero Installations Policy)

pdf file type July 25th, 2016

Waste Diversion in the Presidio of San Francisco – A. Morris, July 2016

Abby Morris of the Presidio Trust gives an overview the agency’s co-management of the Presidio of San Francisco, and how ratcheting up waste diversion fits into the Trust’s mission. The Presidio, a former military base turned national park, looks for opportunities to reduce waste wherever possible. For example, its composting program not only saves some $75,000 in disposal fees annually, but nearly all compost produced is used by the Presidio’s reforestation program, which has restored 30 acres of forest since 2004. In addition, its salvage program allows wood, lighting fixtures, stone countertops, and other building materials and equipment to be creatively repurposed in offices, restaurants, etc. She closes by describing some of the Presidio’s ambitious goals for getting to net zero waste.
To read more about the Presidio, visit http://www.presidio.gov/about