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Sustainable Operations, Environment and Safety

Assists in promoting change in culture and operating practices within USDA toward sustainability. Develops policy proposals in the areas of energy efficiency, water conservation, waste diversion/recycling, and sustainable design and high performance buildings. Provides education in the energy management requirements, the promotion of Energy Star and other energy efficient and low standby power products, and the purchase of recycled and biobased products for Federal use.

Manages the implementation of sustainable landscape designs for USDA-owned properties. Manages environmental protection program for NCR facilities. Coordinates and oversees management and disposal of hazardous wastes generated by DM operational activities. Responds to incidents involving the release (unintentional or otherwise) of contaminants into the environment.  Develops response and contingency plans, as required by EPA.


For more information contact the Sustainable Operations, Environment and Safety branch at (202) 720-6808