Pacific Northwest Region Interagency Workgroup

Goals and Mission

Over the past 7 years, federal government agencies in the Pacific Northwest have worked collaboratively through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Federal Green Challenge, the GSA's Facilities Green Teams, and the Federal Executive Boards, including the Seattle Federal Executive Board’s GreenGov Spotlight Community, to work towards and achieve sustainability goals and share best practices. The Pacific Northwest Region Executive Order 13693 Interagency Workgroup continues that partnership and builds from those successes.

Establishing a Regional Interagency Workgroup is a mandate in the Executive Order under Section 10. The Executive Order provides for the federal Community to lead by example and convene a Regional interagency workgroup to identify and address the following priority areas for sustainable actions:

  1. Sustainable operations and management of Federal fleet vehicles;
  2. Water resource management and drought response opportunities;
  3. Climate change preparedness and resilience planning, in coordination with state, local, and tribal communities; and
  4. Opportunities for the collective procurement of clean energy to satisfy energy demand for multiple agency buildings.

The next sections of this Regional Action Plan provide the context and the details for Pacific Northwest federal agencies to engage both in individual agency actions and in the collective interagency actions highlighted herein, to advance sustainability and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from federal agencies into the next decade.

Strategic Approach

The Regional Interagency Workgroup in the Pacific Northwest convened on September 29, 2015 to learn more about Section 10 of Executive Order (EO) 13693 and discuss potential areas of collaboration under Section 10. From that meeting, GSA and EPA have drafted this Action Plan with input from the Interagency Workgroup members to highlight existing efforts and best practices, potential gaps, and potential areas for collaboration.

GSA, EPA and the Seattle FEB plan to convene the larger workgroup to continue to move this work forward. GSA is taking the lead for Fleet Management and Energy Procurement, Federal Emergency Management Agency is taking lead for Climate Change Preparedness, and we are yet to determine what agency (ies) may take the lead for the Water Resource Management priority areas of the EO.

To meet our objectives, there will be a need for continued communication among our federal agencies. In collaborating on these efforts, there will likely be a need for flexibility from Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) on meeting any milestones since in some cases there are more than a few agencies that will be involved in achieving the collaborative effort. We also need a clear method of reporting potential milestones or highlights to CEQ, so clear and brief reporting requirements are established. Lastly, we do appreciate the support from federal agency leadership to move these efforts forward – without their support this work would not be possible.


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