Executive Order 13423 – Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management
In section 2 of the Executive Order 13423 it states the goals for Agencies to reduce water consumption, improve energy efficiency, the use of sustainable products, and decreases the amount of toxins.
Starting in the fiscal year 2008, agencies should reduce water consumption relative to the baseline of the agency’s water consumption in fiscal year 2007. By the end of fiscal year 2015 the total measurement should be 16 percent total reduction or 2 percent annually. Water consumption is measured in gallons per square foot of building area. One of the ways this can be done by purchasing water efficient products and services and WaterSense labeled products, which is in a partnership program with the Environmental Protecting Agency.
Another goal is to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Relative to the baseline of the agency’s energy used in fiscal year 2003, it should be reduced by 3 percent annually or 30 percent by the end of the fiscal year 2015. At least half of the statutorily required renewable energy consumed by the agency in a fiscal year comes from new renewable sources. When purchasing an electronic product at least 95 percent of those requirements with an Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)-registered electronic product, unless there is no EPEAT standard for such product. New products must have the Energy Star feature. When electronic equipment has reached the end of its useful life dispose of the products using environmentally sound practices.
Additionally the agency should practice the use of sustainable environmental practices, like the use of biobased, environmentally preferable, energy-efficient, water-efficient, and recycled-content products. Paper should be at least 30 percent post-consumer fiber content. Agencies should provide maintains cost- effective waste prevention and recycling programs in its facilities. Recycling is when a waste material is used for another purpose
The agency should also decreases the amount of toxic and hazardous chemicals and materials used or disposed. When a chemical of a lesser toxicity can be used in place of another do so. Also a less toxic product may decrease the cost of disposing as well as a reducing toxin exposure to employees. They should also increases diversion of solid waste. Agencies should have a waste minimization program in place.
The Executive Order 13423 also includes duties for Heads of Agencies, Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Federal Environmental Executive. To read the complete Executive Order 13423 visit: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2007-01-26/pdf/07-374.pdf