Agencies release first sustainability scorecards

Tuesday - 4/19/2011, 5:25pm EDT

By Jolie Lee and John Buckner
Federal News Radio

For the first time, federal agencies released their scorecards on energy sustainability.

As part of a 2009 executive order, President Obama called on agencies to develop plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The scorecards provide a benchmark on agencies' progress to meet the mandate. Each agency will update its sustainability plan based on its scorecard performance, according to a joint statement from the Office of Management and Budget and the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

"To meet the President's ambitious energy and environmental goals, agencies need to know where they stand," said Nancy Sutley, chair of Council on Environmental Quality, in an emailed statement Tuesday. "The agency benchmarks established in these scorecards provide a useful measuring stick to help agencies stay on target to save billions in energy costs over the next decade."

How to read the scorecard

  • Green = Success
  • Yellow = Mixed results
  • Red = Unsatisfactory

Three agencies - Treasury, Environmental Protection Agency and General Services Administration - had successful ratings across all categories.

Click here for agency sustainability plans and scorecards.

Agency Reduce emissions Reduce energy intensity Renewable energy Reduce potable water intensity Reduce fleet petroleum use Green buildings
Agriculture Green Green Green Green Red Green
Commerce Yellow Red Green Green Green Red
Defense Green Red Yellow Green Red Red
Education Green N/A N/A N/A TBD N/A
Energy Green Green Green Green Red Red
Health and Human Services Green Green Green Red Green Red
Housing and Urban Development Green Red Green Red Green N/A
Homeland Security Green Green Green Green Red Red
Interior Green Green Green Green Green Red
Justice Green Green Red Red Green Red
Labor Green Green Red Red Green Red
Transportation Green Green Red Red Red Red
Treasury Green Green Green Green Green Green
Veterans Affairs Green Yellow Green Yellow Red Yellow
Environmental Protection Agency Green Green Green Green Green Green
General Services Administration Green Green Green Green Green Green
NASA Green Yellow Green Green Green Yellow
National Archives Green Green Green Green TBD Red
Smithsonian Institute Green Red Green Green Green Red
Social Security Administration Green Red Yellow Red Green N/A
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Green TBD Red TBD Red Red