Goals and Reporting
There are a number of federal guidelines, standards, and goals related to sustainability. CDC meets federal mandates and guidance in our everyday operations and when planning sustainability initiatives.
CDC supports strategic sustainability performance goals determined by Federal Executive Order 13693, “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next DecadeExternal” and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Executive Order 13693 includes a series of stringent energy, water, and waste reduction targets, including:
- 5% annual reduction in total energy intensity through 2025.
- 30% reduction in fleet-wide per mile greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2025.
- 2% annual reduction in potable water use through 2025.
- 50% annual waste diversion.
- 95% of all applicable contracts must meet sustainability requirements.
- Reducing or minimizing the quantity of toxic and hazardous chemicals and materials acquired, disposed of, or used.
- Use renewable electric energy equivalent to at least 30% of total electricity use by FY 2025.
- 20% clean (electrical and thermal) energy by 2025.
- At least 15% of buildings (by square feet) must meet the Federal Guiding PrinciplesExternal, working toward 100% compliance by 2025.
Each year, HHS outlines recent achievements and planned initiatives among Executive Order goal areas in the HHS Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan (SSPP)Cdc-pdfExternal. SSPP goal areas include:
- Sustainable buildings.
- Clean and renewable energy.
- Water use efficiency and management.
- Fleet management.
- Sustainable acquisitions.
- Pollution prevention and waste reduction.
- Electronic stewardship and data centers.
The Office of Management and Budget creates a sustainability scorecard at the end of each fiscal year for each federal agency to measure goal attainment in comparison to other agencies. Agencies receive a green, yellow, or red score, corresponding to their success meeting each particular goal during the year.