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Federal Green Challenge

Executive Order 13834 Regarding Efficient Federal Operations

Section 1. Policy states that “each agency shall prioritize actions that reduce waste, cut costs, enhance the resilience of Federal infrastructure and operations, and enable more effective accomplishment of its mission.”  Sec. 2. Goals for Agencies, part (f) states: “Implement waste prevention and recycling measures and comply with all Federal requirements with regard to solid, hazardous, and toxic waste management and disposal;”  By participating in the Federal Green Challenge, facilities can support their agencies in meeting the goals of the President’s Executive Order, Efficient Federal Operations.

This page provides resources intended to assist agencies in meeting the waste prevention and recycling goals of E.O. 13834.

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EO 13834 Regarding Efficient Federal Operations

EO 13834 Implementing Instructions

EO 13834- Other Resources

  •  Office of Federal Sustainability website - comprehensive one stop shop, providing the full text of the E.O. and Implementing Instructions, links to official GPO copy, link to the Fact Sheet on, and links to additional resources for implementation.

Waste Prevention and Recycling Resources

Resources and examples to help agencies make waste management improvements through contracts, measurement and best practices.


Measurement Links

Best Practices

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