Federal Green Challenge
Federal Green Challenge - Transportation
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Federal Green Challenge Transportation Goals
Relative to your baseline, reduce the following by 5% or more:
- Fleet vehicle miles;
- Employee work-related privately owned vehicle travel miles;
- Employee work-related airplane miles; and
- Employee vehicle commuting miles.
Reducing Your Transportation Footprint
- Reimburse public transportation costs for employees or use Commuter Check
- Choose a building location close to public transportation
- Encourage biking by providing bike rack and showers
- Allow work-at-home or flexible hours to reduce employee commute trips
Fact: If an average worker avoided using their car to commute just two days per week, greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced by approximately 1,600 pounds per year.
- Evaluate the need for travel - will videoconferencing, teleconferencing, or webinars work instead?
- Choose meeting/conference venues based on availability of public transportation
- Reduce the number of attendees to non-critical events
Executive Order 13514
- Establish greenhouse gas reduction targets that consider reducing agency use of fossil fuels by:
- Reducing petroleum consumption in agency fleets of 20 or more by 2% annually through FY 2020 relative to a FY2005 baseline;
- Using low GHG emitting and alternative fuel vehicles; and
- Optimizing vehicle numbers across agency fleets.
- Consider implementing strategies and accommodations for transit, travel, training, and conferencing that actively support lower-carbon commuting and travel by agency staff; and
- Participate in transportation planning and recognize existing infrastructure in regions/communities.
- Learn more about Executive Order 13514
Executive Order 13423
Relative to the FY2005 baseline, the agency must:
- Reduce the fleet's total consumption of petroleum products by 2% annually through the end of FY2015;
- Increase the total fuel consumption that is non-petroleum based by 10% annually; and
- Use plug-in hybrid (PIH) vehicles when PIH vehicles area commercially available at a cost reasonable comparable, on the basis of life-cycle cost, to non-PIH vehicles.
- Learn more about Executive Order 13423 (PDF) (5 pp, 139K)
Alternative Fuel/Efficient Vehicles
Fact: Upgrading a fleet vehicle to one that gets 3 miles more per gallon can prevent 3,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year.
- The U.S. Army leased 4,000 Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) to be used for passenger transport, security patrols, and maintenance and delivery. Each NEV will cost $740 less per year to power than traditional gasoline fueled vehicles. Read more about the U.S. Army's NEV program. (PDF). (2 pp, 432K )
More case studies are available at the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Page.
Resources & Partnership Programs
- Clean Cities
- Commuter Check
- Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center
- Five-Step Green Fleet Framework
- Green Seal Standards for Vehicles & Vehicle Maintenance
- Federal Energy Management Program's Federal Fleet Management
- West Coast Collaborative