Executive Order (EO) 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, was signed by President Obama on 19 March 2015

Executive Order (EO) 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, was signed by President Obama on 19 March 2015. Section 16 of this EO revokes the following:

  • Executive Order 13423 of January 24, 2007
  • Executive Order 13514 of October 5, 2009
  • Presidential Memorandum of December 2, 2011 (Implementation of Energy Savings Projects and Performance-Based Contracting for Energy Savings)
  • Section 1 of Presidential Memorandum of February 21, 2012 (Driving Innovation and Creating Jobs in Rural America through Biobased and Sustainable Product Procurement)
  • Presidential Memorandum of December 5, 2013 (Federal Leadership on Energy Management)
  • Presidential Memorandum of May 24, 2011 (Federal Fleet Performance)

The overarching goal of EO 13693 is to maintain Federal leadership in sustainability and greenhouse gas emission reductions.

In Section 6 of EO 13693 the Federal Environmental Executive is reestablished as the Federal Chief Sustainability Officer and the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive is reestablished as the Office of the Chief Sustainability Officer, for which the Environmental Protection Agency shall provide funding and administrative support and that shall be maintained at CEQ.

This EO uses the terminology “Principal Agencies” and Contributing Agencies” which are defined as follows:

  • Contributing Agency – executive agencies that are not subject to the Chief Financial Officers Act and include Federal Boards, Commissions, and Committees (EO 13693, Section 19, para h).
  • Principal Agency – agencies subject to the Chief Financial Officers Act and agencies subject to the OMB Scorecard process under section 5(b) of EO 13693 (EO 13693, Section 19, para t).
  • Under Section 7 of EO 13693, each Principal Agency will have a designated agency Chief Sustainability Officer, and report the name of the Chief Sustainability Officer to the Director of OMB and the Chair of CEQ. The designated agency Chief Sustainability Officer will represent the agency on the Steering Committee.
  • Under Section 8 of EO 13693, each Contributing Agency will also designate an agency Chief Sustainability Officer and report the name of the Chief Sustainability Officer to the Director of OMB and the Chair of CEQ.
  • According to Section 14 of EO 13693, beginning in June 2015, and continuing through fiscal year 2025, Principal Agencies will develop, implement, and annually update an integrated Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan (Plan) based on guidance prepared by the Chair of CEQ. Each Principal Agency Plan and update shall be provided to the Chair of CEQ and Director of OMB and are subject to approval by the Director of OMB. The Principal Agency Plans and updates shall be made publicly available on an agency Web site once approved.
  • Contributing agencies are encouraged to prepare a Plan but may limit content of the Plan to a summary of agency actions to meet the requirements of the EO.

The following additional definitions from EO 13693 are applicable to this Program Area:

  • Agency – an executive agency as defined in section 105 of title 5, United States Code, excluding the Government Accountability Office (EO 13693, Section 19, para b).
  • Federal Facility – any building or collection of buildings, grounds, or structures, as well as any fixture or part thereof, which is owned by the United States or any Federal agency or that is held by the United States or any Federal agency under a lease-acquisition agreement under which the United States or a Federal agency will receive fee simple title under the terms of such agreement without further negotiation (EO 13693, Section 19, para l).

For guidance pertaining to EO 13693 and procurement, please see the Acquisition Program Area.
For guidance pertaining to EO 13693 and chemical management, please see the Chemical Management Program Area.
For guidance pertaining to EO 13693 and electronics stewardship, please see the Electronics Stewardship Program Area.
For guidance pertaining to EO 13693 and EMS, please see the EMS Program Area.
For guidance pertaining to EO 13693 and energy, please see the Energy Program Area.
For guidance pertaining to EO 13693 and greenhouse gases (GHG), please see the Greenhouse Gases Program Area.
For guidance pertaining to EO 13693 and high performance buildings, please see the High Performance Buildings Program Area.
For guidance pertaining to EO 13693 and natural resources, please see the Natural Resources Program Area.
For guidance pertaining to EO 13693 and NEPA, please see the NEPA Program Area.
For guidance pertaining to EO 13693 and pollution prevention, please see the Pollution Prevention Program Area.
For guidance pertaining to EO 13693 and transportation, please see the Transportation Program Area.
(https://www.fedcenter.gov/programs/sustainability/)

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