Sustainable Operations

Who We Are

The mission of the Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. As stewards of the environment, the Forest Service is committed to efficiently using energy and reducing consumption of resources in our daily operations. 

To reduce our environmental footprint, coordinated actions are required to accomplish agency wide reductions in fuel and energy consumption; increased use of renewable power sources, increased green purchasing; increased recycling, and improved monitoring of contractor compliance with sustainability-related requirements.

Additionally, integrated efforts are needed to address and track greenhouse gas inventories and emissions, promote efficient use of water resources and encourage pollution prevention. It’s not about new work; it’s about doing our work differently.

EO 13423 identifies six areas for reducing our environmental footprint. In addition, the EO directs federal agencies to use an Environmental Management System (EMS) to reduce their environmental footprint. Learn more about the Forest Service’s EMS by visiting the EMS website. Find information about each Footprint Focus Area in the articles below.

Footprint Focus Areas

  • Energy
    Improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, through the reduction of energy.Shift toward renewable energy such as solar power and biomass.
  • Water
    Reduce water consumption in our buildings, grounds and related facilities.
  • Green Purchasing
    Increase the sustainability performance of purchased goods and services, and the performance of our suppliers, contractors and partners. Increase the number of Forest Service buildings that are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified.
  • Fleet and Transportation
    Improve our transportation and travel practices, which in turn will reduce harmful emissions, increase operational and fuel efficiency, and reduce the use of non-renewable fuel.
  • Waste Prevention and Recycling
    Minimize waste generation and reduce landfill use. Reduce, reuse and recycle materials.
  • Sustainability Leadership
    Make strong efforts to meet or exceed the requirements of Executive orders and policies related to sustainable operations. Leadership and management have a commitment to communicate the agency’s vision for sustainable operations.

Contact Us

R1 - Northern Region

•Name: Anna Jones-Crabtree
•Phone: 406-459-7447

R2 - Rocky Mountain Region

•Name: Anna Jones-Crabtree
•Phone: 406-459-7447

R3 - Southwest Region 

•Name: Faye Krueger
•Phone: 505-842-3307

R4 - Intermountain Region

•Name: Cathy Beatty
•Phone: 717-264-7187 *686

R5 - Pacific Southwest Region

•Name: Dennis Geiser
•Phone: 707-562-8729

R6 - Pacific Northwest Region

•Name: Kathryn J. Silverman
•Phone: 503-668-1749

R8 - Southern Region

•Name: Mary Morris
•Phone: 404-347-2597

R9 - Eastern Region

•Name: Sheela Doshi
•Phone: 414-297-3181

R10 - Alaska Region

•Name: Paul Brewster
•Phone: 907-586-8863