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Implementing Instructions for Executive Order 13693

Last week, the White House Council on Environmental Quality issued implementing instructions for E.O. 13693. In the section on including sustainable acquisition requirements in contract actions, the instructions included the following paragraph:

 

"Use of Government-wide and Shared Acquisition Vehicles – Use of government-wide or other shared acquisition vehicles that already include sustainability requirements—for example, certain Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI) contracts, GWACs, IDIQ contracts, Multiple Award Schedule contracts, and BPAs—can assist agencies in acquiring environmentally preferable products and services and achieving sustainable acquisition goals. Agencies should promote use of these vehicles to increase purchasing of environmentally preferable products and services and support achievement of sustainable acquisition goals."

 

This is a nice recognition of the work FAS has done to "green" its contract vehicles. While it doesn't make the use of our offerings mandatory, it certainly encourages agencies to use them. We can inform our customers that the implementing instructions encourage them to use GSA's offerings with sustainability requirements. The Green Procurement Compilation can point your customers to the appropriate Multiple Award Schedule, Global Supply, or strategic sourcing vehicle for purchasing products meeting the E.O. and statutory "green" requirement

 

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Geri Haworth
<p>@williamsraj</p><p>Thank you for your question. &nbsp;I&#39;ve asked Zachary Lerner to respond. &nbsp;He is very involved in ongoing working groups within FAS addressing sustainability as it applies to the contract offerings we manage. &nbsp;His answer is below. &nbsp;He can also be reached directly at zachary.lerner@gsa.gov if you would like to discuss this topic with him in more detail.</p><p>**************************</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ac701949-1d10-9fc4-b103-edb924ec3028"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hello and thank you for your question. </span></span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ac701949-1d10-9fc4-b103-edb924ec3028"><a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/19/executive-order-planning-federal-sustainability-next-decade" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Executive Order 13693</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> takes the place of other recent Executive Orders 13514 and 13423 in its instructions to Federal government in how to adopt sustainability practices into Federal acquisition. It is instruction given from one part of the Executive branch to another, and businesses that work with agencies to fulfill their mission have to read between the lines to understand how mandates become a part of everyday business procedures.</span></span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ac701949-1d10-9fc4-b103-edb924ec3028"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Specifically, what EO 13693 does different from previous EOs is that it places an increased emphasis on climate adaptation planning and GHG emission reduction. How can agencies prepare for and mitigate climate change impacts in their projects? Identification of project impacts on critical water, energy, communications and transportation demands are a stated goal.</span></span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ac701949-1d10-9fc4-b103-edb924ec3028"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">What remains an area of focus in EO 13693 are requirements for reducing energy and water use in buildings. &nbsp;BioPreferred and ENERGYSTAR certifications receive special attention for building related goods and services. </span></span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ac701949-1d10-9fc4-b103-edb924ec3028"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The focus on green standards brings us back to the baseline answer for any contractor seeking to use sustainability initiatives to increase business volume with the Federal government. Ensure that any commodities sold or incorporated into services meet Federal green standards. That requirement has remained consistent from one Executive Order to the next. Federal guidelines can be found on the</span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(76, 76, 76); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span><a href="https://sftool.gov/greenprocurement" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">SFTool&rsquo;s Green Procurement Compilation</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(76, 76, 76); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">.</span></span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ac701949-1d10-9fc4-b103-edb924ec3028"><a href="http://www.epa.gov/epp/draftGuidelines/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">EPA</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> is exploring ways to incorporate product environmental performance standards and ecolabels for voluntary use in Federal procurement. </span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Contractor concerns are represented in the stakeholder categories in the User categories. While volunteers are no longer being accepted (with the exception of a few </span><a href="http://www.resolv.org/site-guidelines/pilot-process/pcp-ssp/stakeholder-categories/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">stakeholder groups</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(76, 76, 76); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">)</span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">, a contractor can stay on top of progress to understand how the sustainability attributes accepted from products and services may expand over time.</span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-ac701949-1d10-9fc4-b103-edb924ec3028"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The Federal government is seeking ways to plan and prepare for a changing climate. Capture how you can help fill that need in marketing materials and together we can ensure mission resiliency</span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(76, 76, 76); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">.</span></span></p>
williamsraj
<p>How are the EO 13693 goals translating into REAL contracting work for the small business community, all geared/suited up to go and help the Federal Government, in meeting the requirements under this EO?</p>
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