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HHS Sustainability

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Focusing on Sustainable and Responsible Development

What does Sustainability mean?

Sustainability means living in such a way now, as to not sacrifice the well-being of future generations. In other words, society and its members meet their needs in the present while preserving biodiversity and natural ecosystems indefinitely. Sustainability has a clear connection to health, as living sustainably leads to a healthy, prolonged life, and climate change can lead to detrimental health issues.

HHS outlines its path towards sustainable operation and efficiency in the 2013 HHS Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan. In this plan, HHS put forth specific reduction goals that would cut consumptions and emissions, while increasing productivity and transparency. While specific program areas work on meeting these aggressive goals, one can’t forget that becoming more sustainable is up to all of us.

HHS Sustainability Plan

2013 HHS Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan

2012 HHS Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan

2011 HHS Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan

2011 HHS Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan Summary

2010 HHS Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan

HHS Sustainability Scorecard

HHS FY2013 Sustainability Scorecard 

HHS FY2013 Sustainability Scorecard Narrative

HHS FY2012 Sustainability Scorecard

HHS FY2011 Sustainability Scorecard

HHS FY2010 Sustainability Scorecard

HHS FY2009 Sustainability Scorecard

Additional Resources

Our Past Accomplishments

Meet the HHS' Chief Sustainability Officer

HHS Strategic Plan Meets HHS Sustainability Plan

Executive Order 13514


Content created by Assist. Sec./Public Affairs - Digital Communications Division
Content last reviewed on June 2, 2014