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Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan

U.S. Small Business Administration 2015 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 2014, and the first half of FY 2015, the SBA achieved significant progress towards the goals outlined by EO 13514. Notably, in FY 2014 SBA reduced its Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions by 40% from its FY 2008 baseline. 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 2015 and FY 2016 SBA plans to continue on this ambitious path by implementing the new requirements established by EO 13693. The SBA has proposed targets for reducing its Scope 1 greenhouse gas emissions from the agency’s vehicle fleet by 35% and its Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions from employee travel and commuting by 40% by FY 2025. In addition, the SBA has continued to implement strict caps on travel spending that keep emissions from government travel low. The SBA looks forward to pursuing these goals alongside the other requirements outlined by EO 13693.