Office of the Climate Change Advisor
Performance Scorecard: 10- Sustainable Operations
Is progress being made toward achieving sustainable operations requirements to reduce the environmental footprint and increase the resilience of agency operations and assets?
What are other forests doing?
The Cleveland National Forest (R5) analyzed electricity use by zone in the Supervisor's Office and installed automatic motion sensors in all common rooms. They are also installing water meters on all Forest administration and recreation sites. They plan to recycle 3,000 tons of steel and 30,000 tons of concrete generated from the removal of the former Laguna Air Force Base.
On the Nez Perce National Forest (R1), the maintenance manager at the Red River Ranger Station repaired leaks on the system’s galvanized water lines. These repairs reduced water usage by 6,400 gallons per day and reduced the energy requirement because the well now runs once instead of five times per day.
- The Office of Sustainability and Climate Change Website contains overview information about Sustainable Operations objectives and highlights.
- Units must report on Element 10 v2.0 using Leadership in Sustainability Online (LISO). The LISO tool offers Forest Service Units a means to self-report and track Unit progress in Sustainable Operations (including progress on Climate Change Scorecard Element 10), as well as a platform on which to share sustainability stories, connect with “green” pros and expand their sustainability network.
- The LISO Self-Reporting Portal contains 65 Green Actions (combination of 6 Footprint Area plus Core Actions). Each year, units are to update and finalize their reporting in LISO, then generate and upload LISO Report #5 to the Climate Change Scorecard Database, to fulfill Element 10 reporting requirements.
- NOTE: In FY16, only National Forests, Grasslands, and Scenic Areas will upload LISO Reports to the Climate Change Scorecard Database; Region/Station/Area SusOps Coordinators and Points of Contact will be responsible for pulling LISO Reports for all other units.
Intranet links for FS Employees
- Sustainable Operations Intranet Site: This Forest-Service only website contains success stories, resources and tools, training material, and green team information for nearly any target audience. This is the primary, internal Office of Sustainability & Climate Change Operations website.
All Scorecard Elements
- Employee Education
- Climate Change Coordinators
- Program Guidance
- Science-Management Partnerships
- Other Partnerships
- Assessing Vulnerability
- Adaptation Actions
- Carbon Assessment and Stewardship
- Sustainable Operations
Getting to YES
The path to “YES” differs depending on your management unit. National Forests, Grasslands, and Scenic Areas, who have been reporting on the Climate Change Scorecard since FY 2010, will be challenged to slightly higher performance goals than the WO, ROs, Research Stations, NA, and the IITF who are new to the reporting process. These differences are noted in Table 1 in the Element 10 v2.0 Introduction.
Environmental footprint is a measure of human demand on an ecosystem. For the Forest Service, Environmental Footprint Areas include energy, water, fleet and transportation, waste prevention and recycling, sustainable acquisition, and sustainability leadership.
Sustainable operations as defined by EO 13693 are operations that create and maintain conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony. Sustainable operations permit fulfilling the social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generations.
Sustainable operations requirements are the legal requirements of EO 13693, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. A cross-walk of federal sustainability goals is available on the SusOps Intranet Site.
- For Climate Change Performance Scorecard – Element 10 reporting, “unit” is defined as the Washington Office (WO), a Regional Office (RO), a Research Station, the Northeastern Area (NA), the International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF), or a National Forest, Grassland, or Scenic Area.
- To access a list of units responsible for reporting, please visit the SusOps Intranet Site. The WO and ROs will report as independent management units. In contrast, NA, IITF, Research Stations, National Forests, Grasslands, and Scenic Areas will compile information for all administrative entities within their footprint and report as one management unit. For example, the Pacific Southwest Research Station headquartered in Albany, California, will be responsible for compiling and reporting on information from all Labs within its jurisdiction (e.g., PSW Davis, PSW Redding, etc.).
- Element 10 v2.0 Introduction: Provides information about the geographic scale, path to “YES,” reporting mechanism, law and policy drivers, and definitions.
- Element 10 v2.0 Supplemental Guidance: Includes more detailed information about the Leadership in Sustainability Online (LISO) rating system and Core Actions.
- Element 10 v2.0 Research Station Addendum: Provides direction to Stations regarding which facilities to include in annual Element 10 v2.0 reporting and how such facilities are to be selected.