As required by the Federal Agency Climate Change Adaptation Planning Implementing Instructions, we are releasing a statement that commits our agency to addressing the impacts climate change may have on our operations and assets through adaptation planning.
For comments regarding the Agency Climate Change Adaptation Plan, please e-mail the following link: Agency Climate Change Comments and Review
As required by the Presidential Memorandum on Federal Fleet Performance dated May 24, 2011 and GSA Bulletin FMR B-32, provided below is a list of Social Security Administration executive fleet vehicles.
Social Security is proud to present our Office of Management and Budget Scorecard on Sustainability and Energy.
We have a responsibility to the public to conduct business in an efficient, economical, and environmentally sound manner. For years, we have implemented projects benefitting the environment: we recycle; purchase environmentally friendly products; use energy efficient lighting, electronics, and appliances; and power our vehicles with alternative fuels.
We also build or renovate our facilities in accordance with environmentally sustainable strategies. Using the green solutions in our daily operations is a sound environmental stewardship decision that we will continue to embrace. We will also continue to lead by example in advancing these energy and environmental practices.
As you review our scorecard, we want to provide the attached questions and answers to clarify the scoring.
Question: Why did we receive a red score for reduction of energy intensity?
Answer: Our score on energy intensity reduction uses fiscal year (FY) 2003 as a baseline year. We completed numerous energy conservation measures prior to the baseline year that makes it difficult to improve our energy intensity score. We continue to evaluate our energy use and implement new energy conservation measures as practical, and we are in the process of putting in place an energy savings performance contract for Headquarters and the National Computer Center.
Question: Why did we receive a red score for the Scope 3 GHG emissions?
Answer: Reducing our Scope 3 GHG emissions has been more challenging. Employee commuting dominates our Scope 3 emissions, and the contribution from commuting rose even higher in FY 2011 due to the hiring of an additional 2,000 employees in FY 2010 and FY 2011. However, we were able to offset the commuting increase with significant reductions in emissions from contracted solid waste and employee business air and ground travel.