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 5.12 CENTER SUSTAINABILITY

 
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 Purpose

 

P1. To promote energy and water conservation at Job Corps centers.

P2. To reduce overall center operations costs by reducing energy and water usage.

 

 Requirements

 

R1. Center Sustainability

Executive Orders (EO) and Federal statutes require Job Corps to meet certain sustainability requirements, including those found in EO 13423, Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management, and EO 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance.

Job Corps centers must adhere closely to the sustainability and high-performance building requirements and principles, and must implement sustainable practices wherever feasible and cost-effective on a life-cycle cost basis.

a. Centers must assign responsibility for each sustainability requirement and goal below to key individuals. Centers must educate and encourage staff and students on the importance of resource conservation.

b. Centers must develop and implement written policies and procedures that include:

1. Procedures to reduce energy and water consumption. Centers with advanced meters must review data at least monthly and implement changes in facility usage based on this data. In addition, with approval from the National Office, centers must investigate and participate in utility-sponsored programs for demand-response, advanced metering with load shedding, and incentives for the installation of energy conserving equipment.

2. Procedures to reduce fuel consumption by motor vehicles.

3. Solid Waste Management Policies that include reuse and recycling strategies to reduce the amount of solid waste and increase the waste diversion rate. Waste diversion means redirecting solid waste that might otherwise be placed in the waste stream to reuse, recycle, compost, or recover.

c. Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Reduction: Centers must reduce direct GHG emissions, primarily from building energy usage and fleet energy usage, by 2.5 percent per year or more. Centers must take steps to reduce indirect GHG emissions from business travel, waste disposed, commuting travel, student transportation, and from the increased use of renewable energy. Job Corps has been, and will continue to use the GSA Carbon Footprint Reduction Tool to assist in capturing and reporting carbon emissions for all Job Corps centers.

d. Executive Order 13514 mandates that 15 percent of agency buildings and leases (more than 5,000 gross square feet) must meet the Guiding Principles of Federal Leadership in High Performance and Sustainable Buildings by 2015, and agencies must make annual progress toward 100 percent compliance. Centers must demonstrate compliance or consistent progress in addressing the requirements.

1. Integrated Operations and Maintenance: Centers must use an integrated team to develop and implement policies regarding sustainable operations and maintenance. Centers must assess existing condition and operational procedures of the building and major building systems and identify areas for improvement. Centers must use a computerized maintenance management system, with occupant feedback capabilities.

2. Retro-commissioning: Centers chosen to participate in the retro-commissioning process must cooperate fully with the commissioning agent in order to produce a comprehensive and effective retro-commissioning study. Retro-commissioning is an exercise to assess the existing facility and the associated building systems to ensure that all building components and systems are functioning as intended by the original design.

3. Environmental Purchasing: Centers must establish an environmentally preferred purchasing policy for ongoing consumables and durable goods that will protect the environment and public health, conserve natural resources, and minimize waste. The policy should include purchasing:

(a) Energy Star and Federal Energy Management Program-designated energy efficient products

(b) Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense-labeled products or other water conserving products when available

(c) Products meeting or exceeding EPA’s recycled content recommendations for building modifications, maintenance, and cleaning (For other products, use materials with recycled content where available at a reasonable cost. If EPA-designated products meet performance requirements and are available at a reasonable cost, a preference for purchasing them shall be included in all solicitations relevant to construction, operation, maintenance of or use in the building.)

(d) Materials with low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and other pollutants (Consideration of using low-VOC material shall apply to composite wood products, adhesives, sealants, interior paints and finishes, solvents, carpet systems, janitorial supplies, and furnishings.)

(e) Products with the highest content level per United States Department of Agriculture’s biobased content recommendations (For other products, use biobased products made from rapidly renewable resources and certified sustainable wood products. If these designated products meet performance requirements and are available at a reasonable cost, a preference for purchasing them should be included in all solicitations relevant to construction, operation, maintenance of or use in center buildings.)

4. Products that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment over their lifecycle when compared with competing products or services that service the same purchase.

5. Outdoor Water Irrigation: Centers identify ways to reduce potable water irrigation use or to no longer use potable irrigation water through the use of water conserving products such as EPA’s WaterSense-labeled products and to use landscape design concepts that incorporate low impact design and native, drought resistant plant.

6. Storm-water Management: Centers identify ways to reduce storm- water runoff via a storm-water runoff mitigation strategy and a storm water pollution plan.

7. Integrated Pest Management: Centers use integrated pest management techniques as appropriate to minimize pesticide usage. Use EPA-registered pesticides only when needed.

8. Ozone Depleting Compounds (ODC): Centers eliminate the use of ozone-depleting compounds where alternative environmentally preferable products are available. Lists of acceptable and unacceptable substitutes, which are updated several times a year.

9. Tobacco Smoke Control: Centers prohibit smoking within buildings (as required by PRH Chapter 6, Section 6.11, R3), and within 25 feet of all building entrances, operable windows, and building ventilation intakes.

10. Moisture Control: Centers provide policy and illustrate the use of an appropriate moisture control strategy to prevent building damage, minimize mold contamination, and reduce health risks related to moisture. Centers shall investigate and repair where possible, water leaks within 48 hours of their start.

e. Reporting: Centers must complete the following reports in accordance with Exhibit 5-2, Plan and Report Submission Requirements​.

1. Centers must upload energy and water consumption data into the designated online system (currently Energy Watchdog) on a monthly basis. The system may be used to review performance data and trends.

2. Centers must submit Quarterly Waste Reports using the CRA funding website.

3. Centers must enter applicable Greenhouse Gas (GHG) information (other than energy and water data which will be entered by the ESC) into the GSA Carbon Footprint Reduction Tool annually.

4. Centers must submit updates on center sustainability measures implemented, and any new or modified procedures, using Appendix 511, Center Sustainability Measures Update​, to the National Office through the Regional Office bi-annually.

 

 Exhibits

 
  
Exhibit 5-2 Plan and Report Submission Requirements
 

 Appendices

 
  
Appendix 511 Center Sustainability Measures Update