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Dhs sustainability planning and implementation

DHS Sustainability Planning and Implementation

Dr. Teresa R. Pohlman

Director, Occupational Safety

and Environmental Programs

Department of Homeland Security

Presentation outline
Presentation Outline

Getting to Know DHS

Sustainability Definition and Policy

Goals and Objectives

Overall Strategy for Achieving Goals

Sustainability Success

HQ Consolidation

Getting to know dhs
Getting to Know DHS

Mission: Secure the nation from the many threats we face

  • Guarding against terrorism

  • Securing our borders

  • Enforcing our immigration laws

  • Improving our readiness for, response to and recovery from disasters

  • Maturing and unifying the Department

    Organization: Major Components

    Customs Border Protection U.S. Coast Guard

    National Protection and Programs Directorate U.S Secret Service

    Federal Emergency Management Agency Immigration and Customs Enforcement

    Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Transportation Security Administration

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Science and Technology Directorate

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Getting to Know DHS

  • People: 194,607

  • Vehicles: 47,428

    • 10,300 are alternative fuel vehicles

    • 280 are hybrid electric

  • Number of Buildings: 14,100

  • Gross Square Feet of Buildings: 91.5 million

    • Owned – 60%

    • GSA/Leased – 40%

  • Energy Costs: $400 million

  • Environmental Liabilities: $1028 million

Dhs defines sustainability
DHS Defines Sustainability

Sustainabilityis the multidisciplinary integration of mission and environmental considerations, in which an activity and its phases are viewed on a full life-cycle basis. The sustainable approach balances economic and environmental performance, from beginning to end, and how they integrate with cost, schedule, operations, maintenance, and worker/employee considerations.

Dhs sustainability policy
DHS Sustainability Policy

  • Carry out operations and actions in an environmentally, economically and fiscally sound manner. Smart Decisions

  • Incorporate sustainable practices into day-to-day business processes and decision making to enhance mission performance. Standard Business Practice

  • Employees at all levels must be responsible and accountable for integrating environmental stewardship into day-to-day activities. Not an Environmental Office Initiative

  • Sustainability represents a value system embraced by DHS leadership, which guides mission operations and supporting projects as well as the business processes for contracting, acquisition, financial planning, information technology, and project/program execution. Senior Leadership Support

Goals and objectives
Goals and Objectives


  • Executive Order 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance

  • DHS Directive 025-01 Sustainable Practices

  • Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan

  • Sustainability and Efficiency Task Force


  • Policy and guidance is in place.

  • Sustainability Manual in draft and planned for release late 2010

  • Secretary policy memorandum planned for release late 2010


  • Department-wide computer system needed to manage, track and report sustainability and environmental issues

  • Department-wide sustainability training needed

  • Additional resources (FTEs and funding) are needed to move the program forward

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Goals and Objectives

Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan:

GOAL 1: Scope 1 & 2 Greenhouse Gas Reduction

GOAL 2: Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas Reduction

GOAL 3: Develop and Maintain Department Comprehensive Greenhouse Gas Inventory

GOAL 4: High-Performance Sustainable Design/Green Buildings

GOAL 5: Regional and Local Planning

GOAL 6: Improve Water Use Efficiency and Management

GOAL 7: Pollution Prevention and Waste Elimination

GOAL 8: Sustainable Acquisition

GOAL 9: Electronic Stewardship and Data Centers

GOAL 10: Institutionalize Sustainability into all Facets of the DHS Mission

Note: typically each goal has multiple sub goals

Overall strategy for achieving goals
Overall Strategy for Achieving Goals

Structure for Sustainability

  • Senior Sustainability Officer (SSO): Deputy Under Secretary for Management

  • Sustainability Council: Chair SSO

    Chief Administrative Officer Chief Financial Officer

    Chief Human Capital Officer Chief Information Officer

    Chief Procurement Officer Chief Security Officer

    Component Representation

  • Sustainability Working Group: Chair Director Occupational Safety and Environmental Programs

    • Representatives from Sustainability Council

  • Occupational Safety and Environmental Programs

    • Environmental Program Manager Energy Program Manager

    • Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation Program Manager

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Overall Strategy for Achieving Goals

Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan:

  • Goals are Department-wide and must be integrated throughout all mission functions, with support from environmental personnel

  • Assigns tasks to multiple offices, not just the environmental office:

    Financial Office Information Office Security Office

    Human Resources Procurement Administration

  • Participating offices establish tasks and milestones

  • Include sustainability in new initiatives and budget requests – not environmental funding

Sustainability success
Sustainability Success

  • 13.6% energy consumption reduction from a 2003 baseline and on track to achieve 30% by 2015

  • 125 individuals trained in US Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®)

  • 4.1% of electricity is from renewable energy sources

  • Reduced water intensity 5.5% and on track for a 16% reduction by 2015

  • 4 LEED® certified or higher buildings, 9 awaiting certification, 16 under construction, 12 in design and 45 in planning (86 total)

  • Purchased125 hybrids electric vehicles and 800 alternate fuel vehicles in FY2009

  • 4.7% of building SF are sustainable and on target to achieve 15% by FY 2015

  • EPEAT purchases in FY2010: 39,657 (90%) monitors and 141,866 (97%) PCs and laptops

Headquarters consolidation
Headquarters Consolidation

Sustainability Concepts for St Elizabeths:

  • Reuse 51 of 62 historic buildings (8 of the 11 remaining buildings to be demolished are dilapidated greenhouses with little reuse potential)

  • Site new buildings to minimize impacts to landscapes and view sheds

  • Walking campus design consistent with historic use. Parking is on the exterior

  • Provide on-campus electric shuttle to assist employees if necessary

  • 30% energy savings of ASHRAE 90.1 per the Energy Act of 2005

  • USGBC LEED® Silver (minimum) for the campus, with target of LEED Gold.

  • Solar and Solar Thermal on certain historic buildings and new construction.

  • Create a co-generation Central Utility Plant (CUP) capable of providing up to 25% of electrical demand at full build-out. Waste heat from the CUP will provide 15% energy savings for building heating/cooling and boiler reduction

  • Provide electric and natural gas fueling stations

  • Purchase electric carts for on-campus security activities

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Headquarters Consolidation

Key Considerations For Sustainability and Efficiency:

  • Executive Order 13514- Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance.

    • Comply with sustainable solutions to products (Furniture)

  • Presidential Memorandum - June 10, 2010, Disposing of Unneeded Federal Real Estate

    • Increasing occupancy rates in current facilities through innovative approaches to space management (flexible work spaces & telework)

  • Secretary’s Efficiency Initiatives

    • Leverage DHS buying power

    • Outfitting for the HQ Consolidation was selected as an Efficiency Initiative

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Headquarters Consolidation

Coast Guard HQ Building on St Elizabeths:

  • 1.2 million SF striving for USGBC LEED® Gold

  • 5-acre green roof bldg, 2-acre green roof garage

  • Energy efficient lighting and day-lighting

    • Demolition of existing concrete warehouse on project site crushed and reused concrete as a base for construction haul road

    • All trees cleared from the site mulched and used on campus

  • Harvest rainwater for irrigation

    • Bio-retention of storm water for irrigation (2/3 of campus storm water drains through the USCG site)

Contact information
Contact Information

DHS – Dr. Teresa Pohlman

Director, Occupational Safety and Environmental Programs

(202) 821-9380