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Many respondents believe the level of effort and resources put towards sustainability by their agency is lacking. Over half of them call the sustainability effort “inadequate.”
“Many of the roadblocks to sustainability are strategic or cultural.”
“A majority (54 percent) of respondents anticipate the level of effort put towards sustainability will remain constant.”
Federal executives surveyed have taken significant steps to “go green” in their personal lives. A strong majority (81percent) say they now turn off lights when not in use. Almost as many print less, turn off electronics, use more energy efficient products, or recycle.
Federal executives believe they have a responsibility to promote sustainability in their agency as well. Nine in ten of those surveyed agree with the idea that they have such a responsibility. Nearly as many of them say that they have personally taken action to promote sustainability.
Respondents almost universally agree that it is important that their agency implements sustainable practices. Over 95 percent call it very or somewhat important. When presented with a list of three elements of sustainability and asked to rank their importance, most viewed all three as critical.
While a “sense of obligation” is the top reason for going green on a personal level, it ranks fourth among reasons agencies make changes. Agencies’ moves towards sustainability tend to result from different motivators including fulfilling a mandate or reducing costs.
Almost all respondents believe it is important to increase sustainability, but most report their agency has taken few actions
to do so. In fact, on average, those surveyed know of less than three things their agency has done
Many respondents believe the level of effort and resources put towards sustainability by their agency is lacking. Over half
of them call the sustainability effort “inadequate.” In contrast, four percent say the effort has been “excessive.”
Many of the roadblocks to sustainability are strategic or cultural. Over a quarter say that sustainability is not an agency
priority, or that there is a lack of coordination. Almost as many claim there is a lack of involvement, enthusiasm, and engagement in “going green” among agency employees.
Respondents recognize ways in which their agencies could become more sustainable. Almost 60 percent say that better
education, training, and engagement can help their agency implement more sustainable practices.
A majority (54 percent) of respondents anticipate the level of effort put towards sustainability will remain constant. A significant portion (39 percent) anticipate their agency will be more dedicated to sustainability in the future, while almost
none expect that their agency will be less committed to it. Almost all federal executives (86 percent) say that a primary force driving them to be more sustainable is a sense of
obligation. Many also behave more sustainably to save money, while far fewer do so to follow a trend, or because of social
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