EAST TENNESSEE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY
April 2010


Monday, April 12, 2010
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Pellissippi State Technical Community College
10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville
J.L. Goins Administration Building, Cafeteria Annex


APRIL PRESENTATION

Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance

by
Seaira Stephenson, PMP
XCEL Engineering
Oak Ridge, Tennessee

On October 5, 2009 Executive Order (EO) 13514 established an integrated strategy towards sustainability in the federal government. For the first time, this order directs that the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions shall be a priority for major federal agencies that provide work for ETGS members&mdashdirectly and through various contracts. Agencies subject to the directives of EO 13514 include the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Interior, Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The executive order requires agencies to meet 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; and
95% of applicable contracts/procurements meeting sustainability requirements.

Implementation of EO 13514 will be agency specific with broad integration guidelines. Each agency will develop and carry out a strategic sustainability performance plan (SSPP) that prioritizes its actions toward the goals of the executive order based on lifecycle returns on investment. The order also requires the EPA to issue technical guidance on implementing the stormwater management requirements for federal projects under Section 438 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17094). EO 13514 directives are being funded on a fast-track basis using federal stimulus dollars.


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