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Scorecard on Sustainability and Energy Performance

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will use the fiscal year 2012 (FY12) scorecard on sustainability and energy performance as a benchmark to identify and track the best opportunities to reduce pollution, improve efficiency and cut costs. Under Executive Order 13514, President Obama directed federal agencies to lead by example in clean energy and to meet a range of energy, water, and pollution and waste reduction targets. 

The FY12 scorecard shows that within the last year the Department reduced its energy consumption, potable water use, and made strides towards energy independence. The Department is committed to maintaining its mission capabilities while working to increase energy efficiency, reduce fleet petroleum consumption, conserve water, reduce waste, support sustainable communities and leverage federal purchasing power to promote environmentally preferred products and technologies. 

DHS will continue to address areas that need improvement. Challenged by a growing mission (and vehicle fleet), DHS developed an innovative new strategy for managing law enforcement fleets. This fleet management plan has been recognized as a best practice by GSA. 

A joint effort in sustainability and efficiency, the DHS “Freeze the Footprint” cost savings and innovation plan includes detailed cost savings and avoidances in operating expenses, energy reduction, sales proceeds from disposals, and space cost reductions from flexible workplace strategies. The largest and most significant portion of cost savings will be realized through deploying flexible workplace strategies which should translate into greenhouse gas emission reductions. 

DHS is also incorporating sustainable building characteristics into new real estate investments, and continues to look for opportunities to leverage Performance-based contracts that will provide energy security and cost savings. The Department has implemented strategic-sourcing contracts to ensure the purchase of energy efficient electronics and recycled materials. 

In FY12, DHS met the following goals:

  • Reduced scope 1 & 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 7.3 percent and scope 3 emissions by 26.9%.
  • Reduced 371 vehicles from the fleet inventory.
  • 7.5 percent of all the electricity used by the Department came from renewable energy sources.
  • Reduced the potable water intensity by 14.1 percent through conservation initiatives at facilities across the DHS mission space.
  • The IT Department enabled energy savings features on 100 percent of eligible computers.
  • Identified $48m in Performance-based contracting, which is currently scheduled for implementation and will further reduce energy usage and cost.

Based on scorecard benchmarks, DHS will update its Sustainability Plan and post it on this website. 

The Department has three strategic sustainability goals: leadership in sustainable law enforcement; strategic transformation towards sustainable business processes; and human capital investment to raise awareness of sustainable practices and how employees can support the Department. 

Based on scorecard benchmarks, DHS will update its Sustainability Plan and post it on this website.

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