|Institutional Change Continuous Improvement Cycle|
The first step in the institutional change process is defining your federal agency's sustainability goals. That is, decide what outcomes are desired (or required) over what period of time. Behavioral, organizational, and institutional changes typically are means to achieve desired energy, resource, or greenhouse gas emission outcomes. They are not ends in and of themselves.
Agencies may derive goals from multiple sources, such as:
Formal executive orders (E.O.s) or other requirements. For example, E.O. 13514 and associated agency strategic sustainability performance plans (SSPPs) or federal requirements for procurement of energy-efficient products
Facility-specific assessments of major sources of energy use and causes of energy loss.
The second step in the institutional change process for sustainability is to identify the rules, roles, and tools constituting context in your organization. Rules, roles, and tools define the current situation, shape the action plan, and affect an organization's ability to effect and maintain desired changes.