• GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool (SFTool). The SFTool provides information and guidance for project and facilities managers to better maintain healthy buildings and environmentally-responsible purchasing.

EO 13693 directs Federal agencies to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, eliminate waste, improve energy and water performance, and leverage Federal purchasing power to support innovation and entrepreneurship in clean energy technologies and environmentally-responsible products.

This document is a companion to the Guiding Principles linked above.

This document references Energy Conservation and Sustainable Design in part VII B.

This document provides practical guidance, potential language, and examples of environmentally beneficial landscaping practices for each of the EMS elements. The intended audience includes Federal facility staff tasked with developing an EMS and reducing the environmental impact of facility landscaping activities. The purpose of this guidance document is to assist with the addition of sustainable landscaping practices to an existing EMS or to the incorporation of sustainable landscaping into the development of an EMS.

  • Avian Protection Plan Guidelines

Avian Powr Line Committee logoThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with the Avian Power Line Interaction Committee (APLIC), has developed voluntary guidelines designed to help electrical utilities protect and conserve migratory birds. Working with the guidelines, a utility can use the latest technology and science to tailor a voluntary Avian Protection Plan that meets specific utility needs at its facilities.

Applicability to DOI facilities: Avian Protection Plans can be incorporated into facility Environmental Management Systems as well as Asset Management Plans to outline mitigative measures to undertaken to prevent utility infrastructure serving DOI sites from harming wildlife. Note that other types of guide wires associated with cell towers and support for other aerial structures have the potential to create avian impacts; protective measures can be taken to minimize such impacts as well.

Avian Power Line Interaction Committee, suggested practice.

Reducing Bird Collisions with Buildings and Building Glass
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its Reducing Bird Collisions with Buildings and Building Glass Best Practices to provide suggestions on how to avoid and minimize bird collisions for both new buildings, and for existing building renovations and retro-fits. These practices may be applied at residences and office buildings.

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Federal Resources and Guidance

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Case Studies

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Third-Party Rating Systems

*Please note, the organizations below are provided for your information only. The U.S. Department of the Interior cannot recommend or endorse any name brand products.

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