Instructions for Implementing Sustainable Locations for Federal Facilities

The purpose of Executive Order 13514 is to establish an integrated strategy toward sustainability in the Federal Government, including efforts to operate high performance sustainable buildings in sustainable locations and to strengthen the vitality and livability of the communities for Federal agencies. Section 2(f) of the Executive Order directs agencies to "advance regional and local integrated planning by...participating in regional transportation planning and recognizing existing community transportation infrastructure; ...ensuring that planning for new Federal facilities or new leases includes consideration of sites that are pedestrian friendly, near existing employment centers, and accessible to public transit, and emphasizes existing central cities and (rural) town centers." 

Section 5(b) of E.O. 13514 directs the Chair of CEQ to issue instructions to implement the Executive Order. On September 15, 2011 CEQ issued Instructions for Implementing Sustainable Locations for Federal facilities. The Instructions ensure that agencies make responsible choices in the siting of Federal facilities, both owned and leased, striking the appropriate balance among cost, security and sustainability, while meeting agency mission need and ensuring competition.

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