Centers for Disease Control and Prevention annual sustainability report FY 2011
Corporate Authors:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.). Office of Sustainability.
Description:The 2011 report is our continuing effort to provide transparency, communicate our successes, share best practices, report on our progress and convey future goals with our community. Sustainability progress has been significant throughout government in the past several years, and CDC has led this progress in many areas. We must conserve resources not only to protect our earth and our health but also to preserve our financial resources.
In these tough financial times, sustainability is a tool to help us achieve our mission with fewer resources and fewer dollars. CDC is dedicated to promoting the health and wellness of the American people, and we can do more of that by being better stewards of our funds and our material resources.
To this end, CDC continues to participate, support and engage with the Departmental HHS Sustainability Taskforce. We identified three main goals for the year:
• Integrate sustainability into all policies
• Provide sustainability education across our workforce and community
• Institute and improve metrics collection and evaluation
CDC aided in the production of the Department’s annual Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan, finalized CDC’s own Sustainability Policy and instituted procedural changes supporting conservation. CDC has focused on education by hosting sustainability events involving local sustainable farmers, General Services Administration facility and procurement experts and the Federal Environmental Executive, Michelle Moore. CDC has engaged our community through presence at Agency events, green messaging, brown bag lunches and conference presentations to a wide array of federal and nonfederal sustainability stakeholders. We have focused efforts on data collection in many areas, most notably in greenhouse gas tracking and waste diversion. We are presently testing our own sustainability data management system, GreenGauge, which will capture environmental impact data and communicate that data in a compelling way.
This year’s sustainability initiatives were crafted with a view toward reductions in water use, energy use, landfill waste and dollars spent. Our efforts were collaborative, transparent and innovative. Although the environmental, social and fiscal challenges facing our nation are great, CDC stakeholders have increased their awareness of and commitment to sustainability issues over the past several years. In order to meet these challenges, we will all need to find innovative ways to do more with less and focus on the most promising technologies and strategies. Our future relies on our ingenuity.
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