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FY 2013 Sustainability and Energy Performance Scorecard

The Department of Labor (DOL) is committed to continuing to be a Federal government leader in creating a clean energy economy that increases our Nation's prosperity, complies with all environmental and energy statutes, regulations and Executive Orders, and carries out the vision of expanding opportunity for America's workers and their employers.

The Department's programs are not involved significantly in substantial greenhouse gas (GHG) emitting production processes. DOL's sustainability challenge is in the more than 99 percent of the Department's buildings on 125 Job Corps Center (JCC) campuses across the Nation comprising aged, unsustainable building stock and the headquarters building built in the unsustainable-friendly early 1970s.

Despite these challenges, the Department had and continued working toward significant sustainability successes in FY 2013:

  • Continued, under the leadership of our Deputy Secretary, the Department's multi-agency IT system modernization and data center consolidation realizing energy and cost savings and increasing agency operating efficiency.
  • Dropped Scope 1&2 greenhouse gas emissions 24.8% percent even given FY 2013's colder temperatures that required more energy consumption to heat DOL buildings.
  • Achieved a reduction of BTUs of energy consumed per building gross square footage of 26.9%, bringing DOL close to its energy reduction target of 30% by FY 2020.
  • Decreased petroleum fuel use in the Departmental vehicle fleet by 18.1% from the 2005 baseline.
  • Decreased water use by 34% and steam consumption by more than 20% by replacing steam heating tubes in the headquarters building's hot water converters.
  • Purchased renewable energy credits (RECs) and installed renewable energy to exceed the 7.5% goal so that 11.1% of DOL's total electricity consumption is now generated by renewable energy sources.

And at Job Corps:

  • Reduced potable water use and is back on-track to meet a 16% water reduction goal by 2015.
  • Designed and constructed the newest Job Corps projects, New Hampshire and Wind River (which are still under construction) and the completed Ottumwa, Iowa and Milwaukee JCCs in accordance with the Federal Guiding Principles for High Performance Buildings.
  • Received Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification for the newest dormitory building at Albuquerque JCC.
  • Installed attractive rain gardens at the new Milwaukee JCC to capture runoff from roofs and allow stormwater to infiltrate into the ground, and an underground stormwater detention system at the St. Louis JCC dormitory project.
  • Implemented Integrated Pest Management Plans and Waste Management Plans at the Alaska, Penobscot, and Flint/Genesee JCCs.
  • Used landscaping waste and some food waste to compost vegetable gardens and landscaping at the Red Rock, Flint Hills, Pittsburgh and Oneonta JCCs; Compost at all 23 San Francisco region JCCs.
  • Produce renewable energy with wind turbines at the Pine Ridge, Angell, Cassadaga, Hawaii/Maui, solar photovoltaic production at the Westover, Edison, and Woodland JCCs, and solar hot water at the Miami JCC.
  • Produce domestic hot water using biomass the Loring and Albuquerque JCCs.