Exhibit 3, 565 FW 1
Examples of Individual Practices that Promote the Service’s Sustainability Goals

Date:  April 28, 2010

Series: Sustainability

Part 565: Sustainable Practices

Originating Office: Division of Engineering

 

 

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Operational Practices that Positively Affect Sustainability Goals

Management Areas

Service employees can. . .

A. Acquisition 

  • Read and follow Service procurement policies and Federal preferences in 303 FW 1 – 7 Acquisition Policies, and A Practical Greening Manual at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

 

B. Awards

·        Nominate individuals for annual awards programs such as those identified in Exhibit 2.

C. Commuting

  • Carpool and share rides.
  • Promote use of public transportation.

D. Concessioners

  • Demonstrate sound environmental management practices and a commitment to superior environmental performance, which enhances the protection, conservation, and preservation of resources.

E. Energy

·        Turn off lights when leaving a room or when out of the office, even for short periods.

·        Use task lights whenever possible.

·        Remove excess light bulbs from work spaces, offices, and hallways.

·        Place reminder notes or decals on light switches to promote awareness.

·        Install occupancy sensors.

·        Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent or LED lamps.

·        Ensure that vent grills are not blocked by plants, books, or furnishings.

·        Use window blinds to assist in control of heat gain and loss in office space.

·        Turn off and unplug coffee pots, radios, fans, refrigerators and other appliances when not in use.

·        Remove unnecessary fans, heaters, and other appliances to reduce “plug load.”

·        Hold office contests for ideas and activities for energy savings.

·        See the Division of Engineering intranet site for the “Top Ten Ways to Save Energy at Facilities.”

F. Environmental Education, Communication, and Leadership

·        Incorporate sustainable or “green themes” in communications, environmental education, and interpretative programs. 

·        Provide opportunities for visitors to learn about the principles of environmental leadership and sustainability by example and through our practices, including energy conservation, recycling/pollution prevention, green procurement, and sustainable design and construction.

G. Fleet Vehicle Management

  • Reduce fuel consumption by reducing the time you let your vehicle idle.
  • Maintain vehicles (e.g., maintain tire inflation, change air filters, and observe appropriate speeds). 
  • Procure bio-based products, recycle waste oil, anti-freeze and other fluids, and provide proper materials storage.
  • Choose EPA-compliant repair centers where available, and request that repair and maintenance shops use green materials and practices.
  • Reduce fuel consumption by combining trips in vehicles and making fewer vehicle runs per week.

H. Landscape Management

  • Promote the use of composting practices.

I. Pollution Prevention, Management of Toxic and Hazardous Materials, and Waste, and Hazardous Waste

·        Reduce or eliminate the use of toxic chemicals.

·        Maximize the use of safe alternatives to ozone-depleting substances.

·        Phase out existing equipment containing ozone-depleting substances consistent with its normal life, and dispose of ozone depleting substances removed or reclaimed from facilities or equipment, including disposal as part of a contract, trade, or donation, in coordination with the Department of Defense.

·        Reduce printer paper use by using double-sided copying.

J. Property Management and Electronic Equipment

·         Turn off printers, copiers, personal computers, and monitors when idle for periods of 1 hour or more.

·        Activate and use the ENERGY STAR® “power saver” and “sleep features.”

K.  Recycling

·        Promote and follow the recycling program at your facility.

L. Training

  • Identify training opportunities to learn more about sustainable practices, environmental management systems, or other issues based on your role and responsibilities (see Exhibit 2).

 


For information on the content of this exhibit, contact the Division of Engineering. For more information about this Web site, contact Krista Bibb of the Division of Policy and Directives Management. 


 

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