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Climate Change Scorecard Element 10: Sustainable Operations. Leslie Brandt Katie Newcomb Lara Polansky February 16, 2011. Scorecard Overview. Ensure a balanced approach to integrating climate change considerations into our programs and initiatives

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Climate Change Scorecard Element 10:

Sustainable Operations

Leslie Brandt

Katie Newcomb

Lara Polansky

February 16, 2011

scorecard overview
Scorecard Overview
  • Ensure a balanced approach to integrating climate change considerations into our programs and initiatives
  • Each National Forest and Grassland will measure its progress over the next five years (FY 2010 – FY 2015) by:
    • Answering “yes” or “no” to the 10 questions on an annual basis
    • Providing a narrative describing: accomplishments, plans for next year, barriers to completion/improvement, and plans to overcome barriers.
  • Scorecard responses will help the USFS:
    • Identify our current strengths
    • Identify areas for greater investment
    • Inform the Department, Congress, and the public about our progress in responding to climate change
element 10 sustainable operations
Element 10: Sustainable Operations
  • Climate Change Strategic Framework (2008)
    • Goal 5 under the Forest Service Strategic Framework For Responding to Climate Change is “Sustainable Operations - Reduce the environmental footprint of Forest Service operations and be a leading example of a green organization.”
  • Climate Change Roadmap (2010)
    • Ongoing actions: “Reducing the Forest Service’s environmental footprint”
  • Executive Order 13514
  • Part of our Mission
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It’s all connected…

Office

Campground

Well

Slide Credit: Sarah Baker, Environmental Engineer, R3 RO

6 environmental footprint areas
6 Environmental Footprint Areas
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste Reduction / Recycling
  • Fleet / Transportation
  • Green Purchasing
  • Sustainability Leadership
getting to yes
Getting to “YES”

Option #1: Unit should demonstrate in the Scorecard narrative that it has made progress towards the defined Sustainable Operations requirements by answering the following questions:

  • What actions has your Unit taken to make progress towards the sustainable operations targets listed in the definitions for this element?
  • What reductions in resource use were achieved as a result of these actions?
  • What support does your Unit provide for Green Teams, sustainable operations training, recognition programs, and other activities that foster a culture of sustainable consumption?

Option #2: Unit may choose to complete the Sustainable Operations Checklist (Appendix G) annually.

  • Each year, you must review action items (n = 66) and evaluate progress to date by filling out the Checklist.
  • Answer “Yes” or “No” to each question in the Checklist, and total your “Yes” answers.
  • By FY 2015, you must have completed 75% of all applicable items on the list.
fleet and transportation
Fleet and Transportation

LeniseLago

Deputy Chief, Business Ops

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