New EPA initiative pushes 'green' building

Wednesday - 6/16/2010, 5:52pm EDT

Saskia van Gendt, conservation expert, EPA

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It's called "climaterials" -- the initiative to use green building construction materials.

A young scientist at the EPA, Saskia van Gendt, is at the forefront working to foster environmental building construction.

Van Gendt is a resource conservation expert at the EPA.

Her remarkable work earned her a place as a finalist for the SAMMIES awards, and she talks with us about what exactly climaterials are.

Federal News Radio will interview all of the Service to America Medal finalists between now and the awards gala in September.