Examples of Practices that Each Employee Can Take to Promote the Service's Sustainability Goals

565 FW 1
Exhibit 3, 565 FW 1, 4/28/2010
Originating Office
Infrastructure Management Division

Operational Practices that Positively Affect Sustainability Goals

Management Areas

Service employees can. . .

A. Acquisition

  • Read and follow Service procurement policies and Federal preferences in

 301 FW 1 – 7, Acquisition Policies, and A Practical Greening Manual at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

B. Awards

  • Nominate individuals, projects, and teams for annual awards programs such as those identified in Exhibit 2.

C. Commuting

  • Carpool and share rides.
  • Use public transportation.
  • Bike or walk to work.
  • Adopt telework practices where available.

D. 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 workspaces, 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 plants, books, or furnishings do not block vent grills.
  • 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 “How Can We Save Energy at Our Facility” tips.

E. 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.

F. Fleet Vehicle Management

  • Reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions 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.

G. Landscape Management

  • Promote the use of composting practices.

H. Pollution Prevention

Management of Toxic and

Hazardous Materials 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.
  • Reduce printer paper use by using double-sided copying.

I. 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.”

J.  Recycling

  • Promote and follow the recycling program at your facility.

K. Training

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