Sustainability in Action

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We want you to know more about what you can do to support federal sustainability efforts. That’s why GSA, Region 4 is promoting  the Green Federal Alliance Campaign. It is all about making smarter choices and simple changes in your day-to-day life that will greatly impact the environment.  We will provide you with the tips and tools you need to make smart choices when it comes to energy conservation, emission reduction, recycling, and water conservation.  

Each week, we will post a new, simple tip to try or interesting fact to learn!  Tips can also be found on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Help promote this campaign.  Download the Green Federal Alliance flyer and post it in your office space or send it to your coworkers!

Green Federal Alliance Flyer


Energy Conservation Tips & Tools
1. Executive Order 13423 is a federal requirement to reduce energy usage Energy Usage Reduction - 30% of 2003 base year by 2015.  Region 4 is on its way to meeting that goal.
2. How much energy do you think one person uses in a year? Learn this and more at the U.S. Energy Information Administration FAQs.
3. Did you know the United States uses about 20% of the world's total energy? Learn this and more at the U.S. Energy Information Administration's Energy Facts Explained.
4. Lead your office to successful savings with this Office Energy Checklist.
5. Do you bring your green to work with you? Take the EPA's Energy IQ Quiz to test your knowledge.
6. Avoid using Space Heaters at work. Not only are they are they a hazard, but they also waste a lot of energy.  They are energy hogs.  They are not and probably will not be Energy Star Rated.  
7. Are you afraid of vampires? Energy Vampires aren’t a Halloween gimmick. Electronics can drain energy when not in use. Pull the plug on items like cell phone chargers, fans, coffee makers, desktop printer, and radios when they're not in use.
8. Did you know you can save energy and fight global warming from your desk? Check out this interactive tool from Energy Star to learn what you can do.  
9. Open your blinds during the day and let sunlight naturally heat your workspace.
10. Turn off printers and photocopiers at night. Looking for a new machine? Purchase one with low standby feature. Purchase printers and fax machines with power management feature and use it.  Visit the Energy Star website to see what office equipment have these energy saving features.
11. Find out how GSA helps Client Agencies Meet Their Energy Needs.
12. Make sure floor or wall vents are not blocked by furniture or other obstructions.  Not only will you save energy, but you it helps the HVAC system run more efficiently.  
13. Think before you print!  You will save paper and energy, as well as reduce waste.
14. Close window blinds to block direct sunlight. It can reduce cooling needs during warm months.
15. Save time and energy: Take the stairs!
16. Set the power options on your computer. Let your machine go into standby or sleep mode after 15 minutes of idle time.
17. Old refrigerators can waste energy; replace them with an efficient, full-size ENERGY STAR refrigerators.


Emissions Reduction Tips & Tools
1. Decrease business travel by increasing phone, video, and web conferencing and training capabilities.
2. Carpool, bike, or use mass transit when commuting to work.
3. Drive the speed limit, accelerate/decelerate slower, remove excess/unneeded weight, reduce unnecessary idling and miles traveled, and make sure tires are pumped up.


GSA Energy Programs
1. GSA has Advanced Metering in our buildings throughout Region 4 to ensure cost effective and efficient facilities.
2. GSA’s Smart Buildings Program modernizes existing buildings to achieve energy and sustainability goals.


Lighting Tips & Tools
1. Replace incandescent lights with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for desk lamps and overhead lighting.
2. Using CFLs instead of comparable incandescent bulbs can save about 50% on your lighting costs. CFLs use only one-fourth the energy and last up to 10 times longer.
3. Switch off all unnecessary lights. Don't forget to turn off lights when you leave at night.
4. Use natural lighting or daylighting. When feasible, turn off lights near windows.
5. Use task lighting instead of brightly lighting an entire room. You can focus the light where you need it to directly illuminate work areas.


Recycling and Waste Reduction Tips & Tools
1. What happens to the paper you put in the recycling bin at work? A lot! The EPA gives you all the information you need plus links to step-by-step processes of how paper gets recycled.
2. Do you recycle and buy recycled products at work? If not, GSA can help you! Our property management offices provide recycling programs in federal buildings and leased spaces.  Also, GSA Advantage has several green purchasing tools that can help you buy recycled products at work.  
3. Paper saving tip: Photocopy only what you need and check the duplex option on your printer properties.
4. Use coffee mugs instead of disposable cups.
5. Recycling reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators.
6. Recycling conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals.
7. Recycling prevents pollution caused by reducing the need to collect new raw materials.
8. Recycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change.
9. Recycling helps sustain the environment for future generations.


Water Conservation Tips & Tools
1. Executive Order 13423 calls for reduced water consumption intensity by 2% annually on by 16% total by 2015.
2. We are all getting used to automatic faucets, but not all faucets have that technology.  If you see a tap that is not being used or is dripping, take the extra step to turn it off when it is not being used.
3. If you see a leak, report it immediately! Water is being lost every second it’s left untreated. Not only will it save water, but it will save you money on your bill.
4. Volunteer to be a water conservation champion within your organization and create and implement a water conservation program.
5. Collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables, then reuse it to water office plants.
6. Refill water bottles using tap water instead of buying bottled water.



Last Reviewed 2016-12-30