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Annual Department of Homeland Security Agency Scorecard on Sustainability and Energy

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will use the August 2018 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Scorecard for Efficient Federal Operations and Management as a benchmark to identify and track the best opportunities to reduce waste, cut costs, and enhance resilience of federal infrastructure and operations.  Presidential Executive Order 13834, directs federal agencies to track and measure progress in meeting federal goals in energy use, renewable energy, water efficiency, performance contracting, sustainable design principles, waste prevention and recycling, sustainable acquisitions and greenhouse gas emission reductions.

The August 2018 OMB Scorecard shows that during fiscal year 2017 (FY17) the Department notably increased facility energy efficiency, improved efficiency measures and investment, increased renewable energy use and improved water efficiency.  DHS made incremental improvements by implementing high performance building standards in major renovations and new construction.

The Department will continue to address areas that need improvement. Challenged by a growing mission, DHS continues to develop innovative strategies for managing its fleet inventory and fuel use. In FY17 DHS increased it alternative fuel use by 17 percent. The DHS Headquarters Fleet Team ensures the acquisition of the following types of vehicles when they are capable of supporting mission requirements:

  • Zero-emission vehicles
  • Plug-in-hybrid electric vehicles
  • Battery-electric vehicles
  • Alternative-fueled
  • Low-greenhouse-gas vehicles

The Department also requires components to use contracts awarded to three telematics vendors for new acquisitions.

DHS will continue to look for opportunities to leverage performance-based contracts that will provide energy resilience and energy savings. The Department has also implemented strategic-sourcing contracts to ensure the purchase of energy efficient electronics and recycled materials. 

The Department is committed to maintaining its mission capabilities through implementing a resilience framework that establishes a process for incorporating continuity into normal operations and building resilience into critical infrastructure.  The Department will continue to increase energy efficiency, reduce fleet petroleum consumption, conserve water, reduce waste, increase sustainable buildings, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and leverage federal purchasing power to promote environmentally preferred products and technologies.

In FY17, DHS met or exceeded the following goals:

  • Reduced the potable water intensity by 28 percent compared to a 2007 baseline.
  • Purchased 10.6 percent of facility electricity use from renewable electricity sources.
  • Awarded over $44 million in performance-based contracting, which will further reduce energy usage and cost in the future.
  • Included sustainable acquisitions language in over 7,000 contracts requiring recycled content, energy and water efficiency, biobased products, and environmentally preferable products.
  • Purchased 110,820 electronic products that were EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) registered, saving money, energy and natural resources.
  • Demonstrated sustainable building practices in 11 percent of the gross square footage of the DHS owned building inventory.
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions, scope 1 & 2 by 29.7% compared to a 2008 baseline year.
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions, scope 3 by 41.3% compared to a 2008 baseline.
    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.
Last Published Date: March 5, 2020

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