What is the Federal Green Challenge (FGC)?
The Federal Green Challenge (FGC), a part of EPA's SMM Program, challenges federal facilities to meet or exceed federal agency requirements to advance sustainability in their operations. It targets executive level managers as well as environmental staff to get a top-down and bottom-up approach to improving environmental performance at the facility level. To join, participants "challenge" themselves to reduce their environmental impact by 5% per target area in a minimum of two of six target areas – energy, transportation, waste, water, electronics, and purchasing. It is necessary for program purposes that one of the target areas be waste, electronics or purchasing. Active FGC participants establish baselines, set goals, and measure results on a fiscal year basis.
Why is EPA taking a leadership role in this Challenge?
EPA created the Federal Green Challenge as a way to engage federal facilities in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, save money through improved operational performance, and both meet and exceed sustainability requirements of Executive Order 13693: Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade. With a mission to protect human health and the environment, EPA is in a unique position to coordinate federal collaboration as well as provide technical expertise by hosting trainings and developing associated tools. In addition, EPA also participates in the Federal Green Challenge - working to encourage further improvements in its own facilities as well as sharing best practices and lessons learned.