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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 Exiting EPA (disclaimer)
  • 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.

Employee Travel

  • 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 Exiting EPA (disclaimer)

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) Exiting EPA (disclaimer)

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.



Case Studies

  • Two separate departments within the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Chicago office reduced airline miles traveled by 33 percent in two years through a joint project. Collectively, they exceeded their original goal of a 10 percent reduction in miles traveled. Read more about Reassessing How Work is Done Reduces Air Travel (PDF) (2 pp, 400K ).
  • The Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, Illinois, reduced greenhouse gases by incorporating electric vehicles and alternative fuels into fleet operations. Lovell FHCC increased its electric fleet by 200 percent in one year. In addition, it increased the use of E85 ethanol from 54 to 60 percent and incorporated biodiesel, which now accounts for 10 percent of the total fuel used. Read more about Transportation Initiative Incorporates Alternative Fuels and Electric Vehicles (PDF) (2 pp, 400K ).
  • 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 )  Exiting EPA (disclaimer)

More case studies are available at the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Page. Exiting EPA (disclaimer)

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