On October 5, 2009 President Barack Obama signed Executive Order EO 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance. (EO) 13514 established "an integrated strategy towards sustainability in the Federal Government" by requiring all Federal agencies to achieve a series of sustainability goals "in order to create a clean energy economy that will increase our Nation's prosperity, promote energy security, protect the interests of taxpayers, and safeguard the health of our environment."
Accomplishing the United States Mint's mission of manufacturing and distributing circulating coins, precious metal and collectible coins, and national medals to meet the needs of the United States and achieving the President's sustainability goals go hand-in-hand because the production of coins is a natural resource intensive process. Sustainability projects that reduce the United States Mint's energy, water and material use during coin production will cut costs. These sustainability projects will have the added social benefits of reducing air pollution, water pollution, solid waste, and greenhouse gas emissions.
The United States Mint's FY 2011 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan identifies the strategy the United States Mint will use to achieve each of its sustainability goals and reports on the bureau's progress towards achieving each goal.