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USAID Agency Sustainability Policy Statement
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is the U.S. Government’s lead agency in providing assistance to the developing world. USAID is committed to integrating the ideals and practices of environmental sustainability into its administrative, operational, and program policies and activities; and minimize, to the extent practicable, any negative environmental impact of USAID operations and programs.
In accordance with Executive Order (EO) 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance; USAID is submitting the Agency Sustainability Plan (ASP) update for 2011. This plan describes current Agency plans on sustainability initiative, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency acquire more sustainable technologies, and procure environmentally preferable materials, products, and services.
As required of all Federal agencies under the EO, USAID has adopted an ASP and provides a greenhouse gas emissions inventory for its Washington DC based activities. However; USAID operates in over 80 countries worldwide and recognizes that application of environmentally sound practices in our overseas activities will achieve the greatest benefit towards realization of our sustainability goals. Although EO 13514 is mandatory only for domestically based Federal activities, USAID has joined the State Department, Peace Corps, and the Department of Defense to develop an implementation strategy of the sustainability objectives for our overseas activities.
Operations of USAID building facilities, international travel, and employee work commutes are among some of the primary sources of USAID energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. USAID will implement a pilot program at specific country missions to calculate utility consumption and vehicular fuel use to establish a baseline greenhouse gas emission inventory for the specific country missions. As the sustainability measures of conservation and reduced consumption are put in place at the country missions, greenhouse gas inventories will be taken annually to evaluate progress towards our sustainability goals.
Although international travel is an indivisible component of the Agency mission, USAID has committed to reducing and maintaining a 7% reduction in international air travel by 2013 from baseline year 2008. USAID is also in process of drafting its first Green Procurement Program which will ensure acquisition of sustainable materials, products and services. USAID is poised to institute an agency wide telework policy in 2011 which will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from employee commuter travel.
Accomplishments since the submission of our initial ASP include introduction of the Agency’s first ever recycling plan, preparation of an initial draft of a green purchasing plan, and submission of the 2010 greenhouse gas inventory report for domestic activities.
As climate change occurs on a global level and the earth’s resources are finite, USAID believes it necessary to apply sustainability practices to USAID’s worldwide operations. USAID will lead by example to create a greener environment and to comply with the spirit of EO 13514 both at our Washington DC facilities and our overseas activities.
Last updated: February 22, 2013