Facilities Toolbox: Sustainability Tools
Engineering Home | Toolbox Home

Who is responsible for sustainable development in the Forest Service?

Everyone who has anything to do with building and facility design, construction, operation, and maintenance is responsible for sustainable development to some extent.

Line officers must ensure that the laws and regulations concerning energy efficiency and sustainability are followed on their units.

Designers are responsible for completing building designs that conform to the laws and regulations concerning energy efficiency and sustainability. They must know the requirements, including LEED, and provide innovative designs that will cost effectively meet or exceed them. They must design buildings that work well, portray an attractive and appropriate Forest Service image (Optional link for FSweb users), and satisfy all the other laws and requirements for structures. Specifications (available only to FS and BLM employees) must be written to include sustainability and commissioning (available only to FS and BLM employees) requirements.

Facilities engineers and maintenance personnel are responsible for continually improving the sustainability of Forest Service structures and developments through master planning, design, contract administration, and operations and maintenance. Facilities engineers and maintenance personnel should find Incrementally Greener—Improving Sustainability Over Time Through Operations and Maintenance (Optional link for FSweb users) helpful in accomplishing their work.

Purchasing and contracting personnel are required by executive orders and Federal acquisition regulations (FARs) concerning energy efficiency, recycled products, environmentally friendly products, biobased products, and ozone depleting substances to consider sustainability whenever they place an order or write and award a contract. GSA has a Web site that makes sustainable purchasing easier. The Forest Service issued a PCMS Green Purchasing Help Guide in January 2007.

Janitorial staff can make a big contribution to the sustainability of the indoor environment by using low-toxicity cleaning supplies. Information on environmentally preferable cleaning products is available through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

All employees should be conscious of the effect their daily behavior and choices have on the environment. We can all do simple things that make a difference, like turning our lights and computer off when we go home. Check out the Forest Service Sustainable Operations web site for more ideas.