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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2013 annual sustainability report

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    In leading the initiative for a greener federal government, the Council for Environmental Quality (CEQ) has called upon agencies to submit annual plans for embracing sustainability and meeting federal sustainability mandates. HHS was one of 52 agencies to submit a Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan (SSPP) in response to the initial request in 2010, and the Department has provided yearly updates to the strategy each year, with input from all OPDIVs. The HHS SSPP outlines goals and milestones for integrating sustainability into Department operations and is revised each year to reflect current federal goals and priorities. With the 2013 iteration of the HHS SSPP came the addition of two new goals, Goal 8 (Renewable Energy) and Goal 9 (Climate Change Resilience), both intended to mirror the recent identification of these topics as major interests by the current White House Administration. Goal 10, previously labeled as Goal 8, has been identified as an informal goal for the Department. In support of the SSPP, each HHS OPDIV, including CDC, has created a Sustainability Implementation Plan (SIP) that outlines specific strategies that will be employed to achieve federal sustainability goals. CDC’s SIP allows agency Goal Managers, the individuals responsible for the tracking and implementation of sustainability strategies, to keep an organized record of which projects in their goal area are underway. The plan also lists major accomplishments for the previous year, acknowledging the positive impacts on the Agency from a fiscal and an environmental standpoint. During 2013, as part of a consolidation and restructuring process within CDC’s Office of the Chief Operating Office (OCOO), the former Office of Sustainability (OS) was officially renamed the Quality and Sustainability Office (QSO) in the Office of Safety, Security and Asset Management (OSSAM). QSO has continued to champion sustainability efforts at the Agency while also implementing a newly developed quality assurance program that incorporates the sustainable tenets of efficiency and responsible resource management into operations and offices across CDC.
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