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Institutional Change for Sustainability

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) aims to help federal agencies make sustainability a natural part of how they operate—while continuing to meet their mission goals. Through its Institutional Change activities, FEMP provides guidance and reference materials to help agencies and the myriad organizations within agencies shift their behavior in an effort to save energy and resources now and in the long-term. Institutional change integrates behavior with technologies and policies, recognizing that all three need to align to make a significant and lasting difference.

The evidence-based guidance about institutional change in this section draws from social-science literature and real-world experience. Although it focuses on meeting the requirements of Executive Order 13693, federal agencies can use the institutional change process to meet any sustainability or energy-efficiency goals.

Learn more about the basics of institutional change and the associated institutional change principles.

Get Started

Start establishing sustainability in your agency or organization by following the institutional change process.

Also see resources to find training for implementing institutional change in agencies and evidence-based science behind the institutional change process.

What Success Looks Like

Photo of two men holding a poster.Read case studies about agencies and organizations that have successfully implemented institutional change measures.