A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The Department established a FY 2020 scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions reduction goal at 20% relative to FY 2008. Scope 1 emissions include direct greenhouse gas emissions from sources that are owned or controlled by a Federal agency. Scope 2 emissions include direct greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the generation of electricity, heat, or steam purchased by a Federal agency. The broad strategies to achieve this goal are:
Reducing building energy intensity
Increasing the use of renewable energy
Implementing on-site renewable energy generation projects
Reducing the use of fossil fuels in both buildings and fleet
The Department established a FY 2020 scope 3 GHG emissions reduction goal at 9% relative to FY 2008. Scope 3 emissions are from sources not owned or directly controlled by a Federal agency, but related to agency activities, services, and employee travel and commuting. Click here for an illustrated explanation of Scope 1, 2, and 3 GHG
Scope 3 GHG emissions can be far reaching as they are the consequence of the Department's activities. It represents an important opportunity to influence the behavior of employees and suppliers towards activities that reduce GHG emissions and protect the climate.
The broad strategies to achieve scope 3 GHG emissions reductions include:
Reducing purchased electricity consumption to minimize transmission and distribution losses
Implementing on-site renewable energy projects
Increasing diversion of nonhazardous solid waste
Implementing lower-carbon commuting and travel strategies for employees in coordination with the GSA