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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-05-09 06:25 PM
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President Obama signs an Executive Order Focused on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy
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Edited on Mon Oct-05-09 06:28 PM by kpete
Source: White House

President Obama signs an Executive Order
Focused on Federal Leadership in Environmental,
Energy, and Economic Performance


WASHINGTON, DC Demonstrating a commitment to lead by example, President Obama signed an Executive Order (attached) today that sets sustainability goals for Federal agencies and focuses on making improvements in their environmental, energy and economic performance. The Executive Order requires Federal agencies to set a 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target within 90 days; increase energy efficiency; reduce fleet petroleum consumption; conserve water; reduce waste; support sustainable communities; and leverage Federal purchasing power to promote environmentally-responsible products and technologies.

"As the largest consumer of energy in the U.S. economy, the Federal government can and should lead by example when it comes to creating innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency, conserve water, reduce waste, and use environmentally-responsible products and technologies," said President Obama. "This Executive Order builds on the momentum of the Recovery Act to help create a clean energy economy and demonstrates the Federal governments commitment, over and above what is already being done, to reducing emissions and saving money."

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The new Executive Order requires agencies to measure, manage, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions toward agency-defined targets. It describes a process by which agency goals will be set and reported to the President by the Chair of CEQ. The Executive Order also requires agencies to meet a number of energy, water, and waste reduction targets, including:

* 30% reduction in vehicle fleet petroleum use by 2020;
* 26% improvement in water efficiency by 2020;
* 50% recycling and waste diversion by 2015;
* 95% of all applicable contracts will meet sustainability requirements;
* Implementation of the 2030 net-zero-energy building requirement;
* Implementation of the stormwater provisions of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, section 438; and
* Development of guidance for sustainable Federal building locations in alignment with the Livability Principles put forward by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency.


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