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Sustainable Buildings

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is steward of a variety of sites, structures, and land, used in meeting the seven departmental missions. See http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=USDA_MISSION_AREAS . USDA’s employee population is approximately 99,000 USDA employees throughout the country. The departmental real property portfolio includes 57 million gross square feet (GSF) in 24,212 public and private buildings, with 2,184 of those buildings over 5,000 GSF in size. The USDA manages over 193 million acres of land.

Federal sustainable building requirements include the Executive Branch and Legislative Branch policies such as Executive Order (EO) 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA). Since initiating the Sustainable Buildings program in 2009, USDA has made considerable progress. USDA annually measures, validates, and reports on green buildings to OMB and CEQ, and uses a variety of sustainability strategies, such as building assessment tools and third party rating systems.