Leading by Example: The US Department of State's Greening Diplomacy Initiative


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  • Who We Are / State Department 101What We’re Doing / Greening Diplomacy Initiative How We’re Doing It / Green Teams & OBOMonroviaBuenos Aires
  • President Barack Obama instructed federal agencies to develop, implement, and annually update a strategic sustainability plan to meet energy, water, and waste reduction targets (Executive Order 13514: Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance.) Agencies are rated on Energy Management, Transportation Management, and Environmental Stewardship. The State Department consistently receives high marks in all three areas of the Office of Management and Budget’s Sustainability/Energy Scorecard related to domestic operations.Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance - EXECUTIVE ORDER 13514Set energy, water, and waste reduction targets, including:30% reduction in vehicle fleet petroleum use by 202026% improvement in water efficiency by 202050% recycling and waste diversion by 201595% of all applicable contracts will meet sustainability requirementsImplementation of the 2030 net-zero-energy building requirementAnnual sustainability planAnnual sustainability and energy scorecards
  • Organizing itself to meet the Secretary’s challenge, the Department launched the Greening Council to coordinate capabilities across the Department to develop and disseminate far-reaching, innovative, and effective solutions.Overseeing and facilitating Department-wide policies on sustainability; Adopting best practices and incorporating employee ideas; Guiding communications strategies; Reviewing progress of efforts; and Providing a forum to elevate and share best practices on sustainability.
  • Greenhouse Gas Reduction GoalsThe State Department has established a greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goal of 20% by FY2020 for its domestically controlled facilities (relative to a FY2008 baseline) for emissions created by building power generation. The Department also established a greenhouse gas reduction goal of 2% for emissions from waste, energy transmission loss, and travel.Recent State Department MilestonesReduced greenhouse gas emissions from domestic buildings by 34% from FY2008 baseline.Reduced energy intensity of its headquarters by 15% since 2003; achieving Energy Star rating.Since FY2009, achieved over $18 million in energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs).Built its first domestic LEED Platinum facility along with 4 LEED Gold, 3 LEED Silver and 7 LEED certified embassies and consulates overseas, and 35 LEED projects underway.Increased number of vehicles using alternative fuels to 45% of domestic fleet.Established air- and commuter-travel teams to make employee travel more environmentally and energy efficient.In lieu of FY 2012 travel, enrolled over 60,000 trainees for online training; hosted over 33,000 digital video conferences and 1,300 web conferencing programs; and employed 209 virtual interns.
  • The Department’s vast portfolio, including ~20,000 buildings overseas (6 million square meters), offers a significant opportunity to implement energy efficiency strategies to deliver quick, deep, and cost effective greenhouse gas mitigation.BENCHMARKING l Since 1999, OBO has used the internationally recognized Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System to guide design and construction of embassies and consulates toward the highest standards for sustainable buildings. In 2007, the U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria became the Department’s first LEED certified building.In 2008, OBO formalized LEED certification as a requirement for new construction and major renovation projects, and raised the required achievement level to LEED Silver in 2010.
  • In 2012, the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia became the Department of State’s fifth U.S. Diplomatic mission abroad to generate emissions-free power from photovoltaic panels. The Embassy has a 180 kilowatt array, which doubles as a shade structure, to provide covered parking for embassy vehicles. The installation is estimated to produce 271,956 kilowatts per year; enough to power 25 average homes.Monrovia, Liberia, has more than 200 inches of rainfall per year, but lacks a municipal water system or accessible ground water, so the U.S. Embassy there diverts rainwater into tanks that provide for nearly all of the post’s water needs—three million liters per year.
  • Community Housing and Energy Efficiency Forum, FOVISEE, is an NGO that provides technical assistance to low-income families by optimizing household energy saving.  FOVISEE is one of the local organizations selected to participate in the @IDEAS Program that supports social projects.  FOVISEE will receive funds to carry out housing refurbishment in the city of Rosario.
  • Leading by Example: The US Department of State's Greening Diplomacy Initiative

    1. 1. U.S. Department of StateGreening Diplomacy Initiative
    2. 2. Who We What We’re How We’re Are Doing Doing It
    3. 3.  12,000 diplomats abroad 37,000 local staff 9,000 U.S.-based employees Operating in 175 countries Managing about 20,000 buildings who | what | how
    4. 4. who | what | how
    5. 5.  Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance - EXECUTIVE ORDER 13514 Set energy, water, and waste reduction goals Annual sustainability plan Annual sustainability and energy scorecards who | what | how
    6. 6. “As we deepen our commitment to the promotion of clean, renewable energy, energy efficiency and resource conservation, our embassies abroad andfacilities at home become platforms for eco-diplomacy – models of sustainability that reflect and project America’s commitment to responsible environmental stewardship, reduce operating costs, and conserve our resources.” - Secretary of State John Kerry Launched in 2009 Shrink environmental footprint Reduce costs Keep sustainability at the forefront of U.S. foreign policy who | what | how
    7. 7. Greening Council Green Teams Senior-level group  Embassy groups Driving department-wide  Generating local ideas / policies on sustainability solutions Reviewing progress on  Raising awareness performance goals  Building momentum Elevate/adapt/share best practices who | what | how
    8. 8.  NET-ZERO-ENERGY CONSUMPTION IN ALL NEW CONSTRUCTION by 2030 [Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007] ANNUAL GREENHOUSE GAS INVENTORY [Executive Order 13514] 20% REDUCTION IN SCOPE 1 & 2 GHG EMISSIONS by 2020 [Executive Order 13514] 15% OF FEDERAL BUILDINGS TO BE “SUSTAINABLE” by 2015 [Executive Order 13423] 30% REDUCTION OF FLEET PETROLEUM USE FROM 2005 BASELINE by 2020 [Executive Order 13423] 95% OF NEW CONTRACTS TO REQUIRE SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS & SERVICES [Executive Order 13514] 40% OF SERVERS VIRTUALIZED by 2013 [Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative] 50% OF SOLID WASTE DIVERTED by 2015 [Executive Order 13514] 7.5% RENEWABLE ENERGY by 2013 [Energy Policy Act of 2005] 30% ENERGY REDUCTION IN BUILDINGS FROM 2006 BASELINE by 2015 [Executive Order 13514] 26% WATER REDUCTION IN BUILDINGS FROM 2007 BASELINE by 2020 [Executive Order 13514] 20% WATER REDUCTION FOR IRRIGATION FROM 2010 BASELINE by 2020 [Executive Order 13514] BUILDINGS METERED FOR UTILITIES by 2012 [Energy Policy Act of 2005] who | what | how
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    10. 10.  LEED certification ◦ 1st building in Liberia ◦ 10th U.S. diplomatic mission Features ◦ Solar panels ◦ Rainwater harvesting 4-year payback period The U.S. Embassy in Monrovia generates emissions-free power from photovoltaic panels. The installation is estimated to produce 271,956 kilowatts per year; enough to power 25 average homes. who | what | how
    11. 11.  Launched Liberia’s first large-scale recycling program Opened a recycling center Distributed recycling bins to offices and residences Green pledge Youth arts competition The U.S. Ambassador to Liberia opens the Embassy’s recycling center on Earth Day 2011.
    12. 12.  Immediate impact ◦ Printer default settings ◦ Styrofoam in cafeteria Awareness raising ◦ Monthly tips in Embassy newsletter ◦ Connecting/promoting partners Ongoing projects ◦ Micro-turbine demonstration Green Team members, FOVISEE and Linkin Park meet ◦ Visa paper recycling to discuss sustainability initiatives. who | what | how
    13. 13.  www.state.gov/green ◦ GreenGuide for Embassy and Consulate Operations ◦ Annual Sustainability Plan ◦ Agency Sustainability Scorecard ◦ Agencies Greenhouse Gas Inventory www.leagueofgreenembassies.org ◦ Embassy initiatives ◦ Reduce the greenhouse emissions to combat climate change ◦ Reduce operating costs through energy efficiency ◦ Showcase U.S. products and technology
    14. 14. Questions?