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Transitioning to a New Green Agenda Cynthia Vallina EOP/OMB/OFPP Cory Claussen Professional Staff Member, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Robin Heard Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration, USDA . 2009 GSA International Products and Services Expo.

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2009 gsa international products and services expo

Transitioning to a New Green AgendaCynthia VallinaEOP/OMB/OFPPCory ClaussenProfessional Staff Member, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Robin HeardDeputy Assistant Secretaryfor Administration, USDA

2009 GSA International Products and Services Expo

Transitioning to a new green agenda cynthia vallina eop omb ofpp

Transitioning to a New Green AgendaCynthia VallinaEOP/OMB/OFPP

Obama administration priorities
Obama Administration Priorities

  • Recovery Act Infrastructure Investments

  • Greening the Government--- Green Procurement--- Reduce Environmental Impact

  • Continuation of OMB Scorecards

  • Results and Transparency

Recovery act guidance
Recovery Act Guidance

  • 2.8 “Federal Infrastructure Investments: a description of agency plans to spend funds effectively to comply with energy efficiency and green building requirements and to demonstrate Federal leadership in sustainability, energy efficiency and reducing the agency’s environmental impact.”

  • 2.9 What is Required in program-specific plans for Federal Infrastructure Investments?

Recovery act funding
Recovery Act Funding

  • > $24 billion provided for infrastructure (Construction, R and A, O and M backlog)

  • At least $11.8 billion tagged specifically for greening and/or energy efficiency

  • 15 agencies received funds from $25 million to $10.4 billion

  • Others will need to utilize ESPC/UESC to meet federal sustainability requirements

Omb recovery guidance how will agencies comply with green building requirements
OMB Recovery GuidanceHow will agencies comply with green building requirements?

  • Energy Efficiency

  • Sustainable Design & Construction (GP)

  • Energy Efficient Capital Equipment

  • Metering

  • Solar Hot Water

  • Technical Assistance Opportunities

  • Maximize investments and leverage Performance with ESPC/UESCs

  • Report!

Sustainable guiding principles
Sustainable Guiding Principles

  • Employ Integrated Design Principles

  • Optimize Energy Performance

  • Protect and Conserve Water↓20% indoor ↓50% outdoor

  • Enhance Indoor Environmental Quality

  • Reduce Impact of Materials

  • Apply to new, existing and leased space

Green procurement materials impact
Green ProcurementMaterials Impact

  • Recycled Content (RCRA)

  • Energy Star/Efficient (EPACT 2005)

  • Biobased (FSRIA)

  • Alternative Fuels (EPACT 1992 and 2005)

  • Non-Ozone Depleting Substances (CAA)

  • Environmental Preferable (EO13423)

  • Priority Chemicals (EO13423)

  • Water Efficient/Water Sense

  • Renewable Energy from new sources (>1999)

Federal goals
Federal Goals

  • Reduce energy 3% annually/30% by 2015

  • Reduce water 2% annually/16% by 2015

  • Use renewables 3-5-7.5%/half new

  • Achieve 15% sustainable buildings by 2015

  • Acquire Green Products and Services

  • > 80% Green and < 5% Red on facility EMS report card metrics

Omb scorecard measures
OMB Scorecard Measures

  • Green Procurement: Has a comprehensive, written affirmative procurement program that includes all green products and services covered in EO 13423, demonstrates compliance annually, develops corrective action plans to address shortcomings and conducts training.

  • Green Buildings: Demonstrates comprehensive implementation of sustainable guiding principles for new, existing and leased buildings; consistent with EO and statutory requirements. Agencies must demonstrate that they are on tract to meet 15% in 2015 goal.

Transparency results
Transparency & Results

  • Transparency & Accountability

  • Beyond ARRA (Recovery) Tracking

  • Web-based reporting

  • Reporting to Congress

  • Posting results

  • Individual Agency Scorecards?

On the horizon
On the Horizon

  • Exceeding the Goals

  • New Executive Order

  • New Statutes

  • Updates to Scorecards

  • Quarterly White House Meetings

  • Annual Reporting

Contact information
Contact Information

  • Questions? Comments? Your input is welcome

    Cynthia VallinaOMB-EOP725 17th Street, NWWashington, DC [email protected]

Transitioning to a New Green Agenda Cory ClaussenProfessional Staff MemberSenate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

Transitioning to a new green agenda
Transitioning to a New Green Agenda:

Congressional Who’s Who

Time for Change

Programs of Interest

Current Issues

Challenges to Reform

Calls for change why now
Calls for Change – Why Now?

Why Now? Congress responds to pressure from the ground up…

  • Oil Prices and Volatile Markets

  • Global Warming

  • Geopolitical Concerns

  • Job Creation

  • Change in Leadership

  • Desire to Lead

  • Unintended Consequences of Inaction

  • Public Consciousness and Interest Group Effectiveness

  • Global Pressures

Congressional who s who
Congressional Who’s Who

Committees of Importance

Programs of interest executive order 13423
Programs of InterestExecutive Order 13423

  • VEHICLES: Increase purchase of alternative fuel, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles when commercially available.

  • PETROLEUM CONSERVATION: Reduce petroleum consumption in fleet vehicles by 2% annually through 2015.

  • ALTERNATIVE FUEL USE: Increase alternative fuel consumption at least10% annually.

  • ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Reduce energy intensity by 3 % annually through2015 or by 30% by 2015.

  • GREENHOUSE GASES: By reducing energy intensity by 3% annually or 30%by 2015, reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • WATER CONSERVATION: Reduce water consumption intensity by 2% annually through 2015.

  • PROCUREMENT: Expand purchases of environmentally-sound goods and services, including biobased products.

Programs of interest cont executive order 13423
Programs of Interest, (cont.)Executive Order 13423

ELECTRONICS MANAGEMENT: Annually, 95% of electronic products purchased must meet Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool standards where applicable; enable Energy Star® features on 100% of computers and monitors; and reuse, donate, sell, or recycle 100% of electronic products using environmentally sound management practices.

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS: Implement EMS at all appropriate organizational levels to ensure use of EMS as the primary management approach for addressing environmental aspects of internal agency operations and activities.

RENEWABLE POWER: At least 50% of current renewable energy purchases must come from new renewable sources (in service after January 1, 1999).

POLLUTION PREVENTION: Reduce use of chemicals and toxic materials and purchase lower risk chemicals and toxic materials from top priority list.

BUILDING PERFORMANCE: Construct or renovate buildings in accordance with sustainability strategies, including resource conservation, reduction, and use; sitting; and indoor environmental quality.

Programs of interest
Programs of Interest

  • USDA BioPreferred Program – Marketing and Procurement

    • History of Program

    • Opportunities

    • Strengths

    • Challenges and Threats

      • Consumer Awareness

      • Procurement Challenges

      • Measurement

      • Funding

Programs of interest1
Programs of Interest

RFS -Renewable Fuel Standard (EPA)

Programs of interest2
Programs of Interest

Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (IRS)

Small Ethanol Producer Credit (IRS)

Biodiesel Tax Credit (IRS)

Small Agri-Biodiesel Producer Credit (IRS)

Renewable Diesel Tax Credit (IRS)

Cellulosic Biofuel Production Tax Credit (IRS)

Depreciation Allowance for Cellulosic Biofuel Plant Property (IRS)

Programs of interest3
Programs of Interest

Bioenergy Program (USDA)

Renewable Energy System and Energy Efficiency (USDA)

Value-Added Producer Grants Program (VAPG) (USDA)

Biorefinery Development Grants (USDA)

Business and Industry (B&I) Guaranteed Loans

Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG)

Programs of interest4
Programs of Interest

Biorefinery Assistance

Repowering Assistance

Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels

Feedstock Flexibility for Producers of Biofuels (Sugar)

Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP)

Programs of interest5
Programs of Interest

Biomass Research and Development Initiative (DOE)

Biorefinery Project Grants (DOE)

Loan Guarantees for Ethanol from Alt Feedstocks (DOE)

DOE Loan Guarantee (DOE)

Cellulosic Biofuels Production Incentive (DOE)

Programs of interest6
Programs of Interest

Import Duty for Fuel Ethanol (Customs)

Current issues
Current Issues

Biofuels Interagency Working Group

Indirect Land Use & Renewable Fuel Std Rulemaking (RFS-2)

CAFE Standards

Climate Change Legislation & Cap and Trade

Renewable Energy Standards

Technology – Opportunities and Challenges

Efficiency Standards

Other Issues on the Legislative Agenda (Health Care, Regulatory Reform, Economic Recovery)

Challenges to reform
Challenges to Reform

  • Funding

    • Appropriations Process

    • Budgets

  • Buy-In

    • Public

    • Implementing Agencies

  • Complexity

  • Rule Making

  • Science

  • Controversies

Leading greening congress
Leading: Greening Congress

Greening of the Capitol

Program Description



Transitioning to a New Green Agenda:USDA Walking the WalkRobin HeardDeputy Assistant Secretaryfor Administration, USDA

Usda green agenda
USDA Green Agenda

  • A key part of USDA's approach to the new Administration's green agenda is to lead by example …"to walk the walk"

  • We're leading by example in

    • Employing sustainable landscaping around our headquarters building

    • Making our food services more sustainable

    • Green building design, construction, and renovation

    • Increasing use of biobased products


Concept to reality
Concept to Reality


Administration and agency commitment
Administration andAgency Commitment