Agencies Coming Up Short on Green Gov Goals

February 7, 2013

Many agencies are missing targets for meeting energy efficiency and sustainability mandates, citing tighter budgets.

The Defense Department said in a new report that it will not likely reduce energy use at its facilities by 30 percent from a 2003 baseline by 2015. It said it achieved only a 13 percent reduction in 2011. DoD was one of many agencies that filed updates on their sustainability efforts with the Office of Management and Budget. OMB released those reports Thursday.

DoD said it also will fail to meet a goal to have 15 percent of its buildings meet federal green guidelines. Newly constructed buildings must use 30 percent less energy than a typical building of the same size. Renovated buildings must use 20 percent less energy.

Only about one-tenth of 1 percent of the department’s buildings meet green guidelines.

The report said that the Defense Department renovates and maintains facilities in a “budget-constrained” environment by fixing buildings with the greatest needs — not in making buildings more environmentally sustainable.

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