New DoD facilities going green

Wednesday - 3/6/2013, 3:20pm EST

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New buildings in the Defense Department are going green.

The agency constructs new buildings to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's standard for LEED Silver. A provision in last year's defense authorization bill orders the Pentagon to report back on whether the new buildings are actually saving energy and money over time.

Mike Johnson, the associate vice chancellor for facilities at University of Arkansas led a National Academy of Sciences study of the new buildings for the Pentagon. He tells Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu in this week's On DoD that the costs and benefits of green buildings are hard to calculate — but that DoD should continue the project in the meantime.