Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan
U.S. Small Business Administration 2014 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan offers a blueprint and a framework for the SBA to execute its mission in a manner that preserves the environment and in the process demonstrates a commitment to creating a clean energy economy. In FY 2013, and the first half of FY 2014, the SBA achieved significant progress towards the goals outlined by EO 13514. Notably, in FY 2012 SBA achieved a total reduction of its reported greenhouse gas emissions, across Scopes 1, 2 and 3, by 17% in comparison to the baseline year of FY 2008. In addition, the SBA conducted its first ever “Sustainable Facilities Survey” of SBA’s 20 largest facilities. In partnership with GSA, this survey collected information on the sustainable features available in each building. The survey results are being used to voluntarily report greenhouse gas emissions, and to target improvements in these facilities, as well as improvements across SBA’s real property portfolio.
In FY 2014 and FY 2015 SBA plans to continue on this ambitious path by addressing many of the sustainability challenges posed by SBA’s occupancy of leased space in private and federal buildings. The SBA will expand its “Sustainable Facilities Survey” and conduct a data call to all facilities larger than 5,000 SF. The SBA will also review all leases from FY 2013 and FY 2014 to ensure that they comply with the GSA’s template lease sustainability requirements. The SBA’s focus on facilities improvements will occur alongside other improvements in electronics recycling, property disposal, fleet management, the promotion of alternative commuting strategies, and communication regarding sustainability to both the public and SBA’s employees.