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U.S. EPA launches "Federal Green Challenge" in the Pacific Southwest

Release Date: 04/22/2011
Contact Information: Margot Perez-Sullivan, perezsullivan.margot@epa.gov


Federal participants pledge to cut federal waste, reduce "carbon footprints" and save money
SAN FRANCISCO -- The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Southwest Region has launched the West Coast Federal Green Challenge. The campaign kicks off during Earth Week and celebrates the commitment of 34 federal agencies, representing more than 150,000 federal employees doing their part to reduce their environmental impact. Under this new initiative, federal government facilities pledge to reduce their carbon emissions by 5% or more per year in at least two of six areas: waste, water, energy, transportation, electronics, and purchasing.

“As the nation’s largest purchaser of goods and services, spending $425 billion a year, the federal government should leverage its collective purchasing power to protect human health and the environment,” said Jared Blumenfeld, Regional Administrator of EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region. Federal agencies have responded enthusiastically to our call to reduce environmental footprints.”

Environmentally preferable purchasing helps the environment when agencies buy less, or choose “green” products. Blumenfeld also noted that the federal government is the largest buyer of energy in the U.S., and accounts for 7% of the world’s information technology purchases. The federal government also controls a real estate portfolio of more than 1.2 million assets including 550,000 buildings.

Joining the West Coast Green Challenge are:

All California

    Navy Region Southwest (predominantly San Diego Area)
    US Forest Service (Region 5)
    Rural Development (California)
San Francisco Bay Area
    US Environmental Protection Agency (Pacific Southwest Region)
    NASA (Ames Research Center)
    United States Postal Service (San Francisco District)
    Center for Medicare and Medicaid
    Office of Labor-Management Standards
    Health and Human Services (Office of Assistant Secretary for Health)
    San Francisco Federal Executive Board
    Employee Benefits Security Administration
    Division of Federal Workers’ Compensation
    Department of Labor (Office of Assistant Secretary for Administration & Management)
    Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
    US Treasury (San Francisco Financial Center)
    Social Security Administration (Richmond)
    Golden Gate National Recreation Area
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    General Services Administration (San Francisco Office)
    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
    US Department of Veterans Affairs (Northern California Health Care System)
    Small Business Administration (Region 9)
Los Angeles
    Greater Los Angeles Federal Executive Board
    Drug Enforcement Administration (Los Angeles)
    US Department of Housing and Urban Development (Los Angeles Office)
    US Citizen and Immigration Services (Western Region)
    US Attorney’s Office (Central District of CA)
Sacramento
    Bureau of Indian Affairs (Sacramento)
    Fish & Wildlife Service (Pacific Southwest Region)
Arizona
    Grand Canyon National Park
Nevada
    Navy Region Southwest (1 base)
    Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Hawaii
    Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
    The Federal Green Challenge was originally launched in 2008 in EPA’s Pacific Northwest Region. This new effort will expand the Federal Green Challenge to the entire West Coast. Last year, the Federal Green Challenge in the Pacific Northwest Region reduced the carbon footprint of its partners by 380 million pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) and saved over $1 million for the government.

    In addition to the Pacific Southwest Region’s new partners, six new partners are also joining the Pacific Northwest’s 23 existing partners: Census Bureau (Seattle Regional Office), Dept. of Commerce Office of Inspector General (Seattle Regional Office), Federal Emergency Management Agency (Region 10, Bothell Federal Regional Center), National Archives & Records Administration (Pacific Alaska Region), Seattle Federal Executive Board, Small Business Administration (Seattle District Office), and U.S. Attorney's Office (Western District of Washington).

    For more information on the West Coast Federal Green Challenge please visit,
    http://www.epa.gov/fgc/