EO 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental Energy and Economic Performance


  • The President signed Executive Order (EO) on October 5, 2009.
  • EO 13514 did not rescind/eliminate the requirements of EO 13423, but instead expanded upon the energy reduction and environmental performance requirements with added emphasis on sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions

Purpose of the EO

  • The goal of EO 13514 was "to establish an integrated strategy towards sustainability in the Federal Government and to make reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) a priority for Federal agencies."
  • Directed Federal agencies to:
    • Increase energy efficiency
    • Measure, report and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from direct and indirect activities
    • Conserve and protect water resources through efficiency, reuse, and stormwater management
    • Eliminate waste, recycle, and prevent pollution
    • Leverage agency acquisitions to foster markets for sustainable technologies and environmentally preferable materials, products, and services
    • Design, construct, maintain, and operate high performance sustainable buildings in sustainable locations
    • Support sustainable communities

DoD Implementation

  • DoD established Dr. Ashton Carter (Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) as the Senior Sustainability Officer
  • A Sustainability Steering Committee was established with a charter and objectives to facilitate execution of the DoD Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan
  • DoD developed a Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan (SSPP) in accordance with EO 13514, which identified performance-based goals and sub-goals, provided a methodology to meet the goals including investment strategies, and outlined a plan for reporting on performance.