Last October, President Obama signed an Executive Order on Federal Sustainability that requires Federal agencies to set a 2020 GHG emissions reduction target; increase energy efficiency; reduce fleet petroleum consumption; conserve water; reduce waste; support sustainable communities; and purchase environmentally-responsible products and technologies. In other words, it’s not at all ambitious.
In order to accomplish these bold goals, President Obama asked all Federal and military personnel to contribute their ideas for greening the government on the GreenGov Challenge. Thousands of individuals in the Federal government and military agencies nation- and world-wide shared more than 5,300 ideas and 165,000 votes on the GreenGov Challenge website. The top ideas from the GreenGov Challenge are summarized in the GreenGov Final Report.
Now President Obama is issuing a new challenge to Federal and military personnel to put the ideas to work. Government personnel are encouraged to check out the GreenGov Challenge Final Report and pick an idea they can champion in their workplace. They can then sign up for the GreenGov Collaborative (an internal online network) to work with colleagues across the government to make the ideas a reality. They’ll be able to share strategies, ask questions, and create a “green team” in this online community.
To support these grassroots initiatives, the White House Council on Environmental Quality assembled a Steering Committee on Federal Sustainabilitycomposed of a senior official (dubbed a Senior Sustainability Officer) from each federal agency that is covered by the Executive Order. The Steering Committee will be developing federal sustainability plans and making sure agencies live up to the goals they set for themselves.
By engaging and empowering U.S. Federal and military employees to take the reins on this initiative, President Obama is setting up the United States government to lead the rest of the country by example. Improved environmental sustainability at this scale could not be achieved by one man or even by his small army within the White House. It must be owned by everyone involved, and President Obama has shown us once again how to rally a nation.
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Statement from the most senior decision-maker of the organization about relevance of sustainability to the organization and the organization’s strategy for addressing sustainability
Name of the organization
Primary brands, products, and services
Location of organization’s headquarters
Number of countries where the organization operates, and names of countries with significant operations or that are specifically relevant to the sustainability topics covered in the report
Nature of ownership and legal form
Scale of the reporting organization
Total workforce by employment type, employment contract, and region, broken down by gender
Percentage of total employees covered by collective bargaining agreements
Description of the organization’s supply chain
Significant changes during the reporting period regarding organization's size, structure, ownership, or supply chain
Whether and how the precautionary approach or principle is addressed by the organization
Externally developed economic, environmental, and social charters, principles, or other initiatives to which the organization subscribes or endorses
Memberships in associations and/or national/international advocacy organizations
Entities included in the organization consolidated financial and nonfinancial reports
Process for defining report content
Material aspects identified in the process for defining report content
For each material aspect, the aspect boundary within the organization
For each material aspect, the aspect boundary outside the organization
Explanation of the effect of and reasons for any restatements of information provided in earlier reports
Significant changes from previous reporting periods in the scope and aspect boundaries
List of stakeholder groups engaged by the organization
The basis for identification and selection of stakeholders with whom to engage
The organization’s approach to stakeholder engagement, including frequency of engagement by type and by stakeholder group, and an indication of whether any of the engagement was undertaken specifically as part of the report preparation process
Key topics and concerns that have been raised through stakeholder engagement, and how the organization has responded to those key topics and concerns, including through its reporting. Report the stakeholder groups that raised each of the key topics and concerns
Date of most recent previous report
Contact point for questions regarding the report or its contents
‘In accordance’ option and GRI Content Index
Policy and current practice with regard to seeking external assurance for the report
Governance structure of organization, including committees of the highest governance body
The organization’s values, principles, standards, and norms of behavior such as codes of conduct and codes of ethics
Disclosure on Management Approach for Aspect
Coverage of the organization’s defined benefit plan obligations.
Financial assistance received from government.
Significant indirect economic impacts, including the extent of impacts.
Total number and rates of new employee hires and employee turnover by age group, gender and region.
Average hours of training per year per employee, by gender and by employee category.
Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews, by gender and by employee category.