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Leading by Example in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance

As the largest consumer of energy in the American economy, it is the Federal Government’s responsibility to lead by example towards a clean energy economy.

With more than 1.8 million civilian employees, 500,000 buildings, and $500 billion in annual purchasing power, the Federal Government has a responsibility to lead by example when it comes to its environmental, energy, and economic performance. Demonstrating a commitment to this principle, President Obama signed Executive Order 13514 on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance in October 2009 that directed Federal agencies to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, eliminate waste, improve energy and water performance, and leverage Federal purchasing power to support innovation and entrepreneurship in clean energy technologies and environmentally-responsible products.

To learn more about how the Federal Government is helping to move the nation to a clean energy economy by leading by example, read the President’s Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future, released in March 2011.

Featured Story: Implementation of Executive Order 13514 on Federal Sustainability

As the Federal Government moves forward to implement Executive Order 13514, agencies are implementing specific goals and targets. Agencies have reported on their status and planned milestones toward meeting specific targets and goals. Learn More