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National Archives Releases Benchmarks to Meet Energy and Sustainability Goals
Press Release · Tuesday, April 19, 2011

National Archives Wins Greengov Award

Washington, DC…Today, the National Archives and Records Administration released its fiscal year 2010 scorecard on sustainability and energy performance. The scorecard is available online [http://www.archives.gov/files//files//about/plans-reports/sustainability/2010-sustainability-scorecard.pdf].

The National Archives is a recent recipient of a prestigious Presidential GreenGov Award for Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance in the “Lean, Clean and Green” category. Building on these successes, the agency will use this scorecard as a benchmark to further track opportunities to reduce pollution, improve efficiency, and cut costs.

Under Executive Order 13514, President Obama directed Federal agencies to lead by example in clean energy; and to meet a range of energy, water, pollution, and waste reduction targets. Based on scorecard benchmarks, the Archives will update its Sustainability Plan, by June, 2011. The current plan is posted publically on its web site [http://www.archives.gov/about/plans-reports/sustainability/].

“This scorecard serves as an important tool to help us develop targets to reduce waste and increase efficiency in our operations,” said David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States. “We are proud to be one of the top agencies in the federal government and are now armed with data to know where we are so that we can address areas needing improvement, and to expand on successes.”

Despite the energy-intensive mission of preserving America’s documentary heritage within strict temperature and humidity parameters, the National Archives has consistently exceeded all the goals to decrease energy use per square foot; decrease potable water use per square foot; establish inventories of direct and indirect GHG emissions; and, increase renewable energy use.

The National Archives is leading the charge in energy reduction, achieving an impressive 31% reduction this fiscal year, well ahead of the 2015 deadline. Similarly, potable water reduction is down 18.8% and we are confident in achieving 26% well ahead of the 2020 deadline. R