NRC Sustainability Plan Shows an Agency Committed to the Environment

Ian Fisher
Sustainability Manager
 

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As required by Executive Order, the NRC submits an annual Sustainability Plan to the White House and OMB. This plan outlines the agency’s plans to be a good environmental steward through efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, increase use of renewable energy and reduce gas consumption.

The NRC has posted its plan online. It reflects the agency’s commitment to conducting our agency business in an environmentally and responsible and sustainable way.

In short, the NRC met or exceeded all relevant local, state and federal environmental laws and regulations, continually enhanced our business practices to minimize environmental impact, and sought to manage the agency’s ecological footprint by reducing the use of natural resources and preventing pollution.

As the plan shows, during FY2011, the agency implemented and continued a number of energy-reduction projects. We made changes to the air conditioning system at our Rockville, Md., headquarters that allowed us to cool the buildings more efficiently. We expanded our telework program which, in turn, reduces the number of cars commuting to work. The agency also is upgrading its restrooms with water saving toilets and faucets, which may save as much as 10 to 15 percent of water usage.

An additional office building in the White Flint headquarters complex was also built with aggressive energy efficiency and “green” technologies in mind.

We hope you’ll take a minute to review our latest update.