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1:21 am, July 26, 2014

Green Government News

GSA task force plans for future net-zero energy buildings

The General Services Administration's Net-Zero Energy Task Group is planning to produce a draft letter with clear goals and guidance for net-zero energy buildings by this September.

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 03:50pm EDT

Brian Lepore, Government Accountability Office

The Defense Department isn't following one of its own roadmaps. Back in 2012, defense planners devised a plan for protecting bases and installations from the potentially damaging effects of climate change. That's all started to affect DoD's planning, but there's a lot more to do. Brian Lepore is the director of Defense Capabilities and Management at the Government Accountability Office. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what the roadmaps mean.

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 10:52am EDT
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Postal Service searches for solutions to its gas-guzzler problem

The U.S. Postal Service is looking at greener, more efficient vehicle options while waiting for funds to replace its outdated fleet.

Monday - 06/30/2014, 04:02pm EDT
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USPS lacks funds to replace aging mail delivery trucks

The Postal Service's mail delivery vehicles are in dire need of replacement, but the agency doesn't have enough money to buy a new fleet. In a new report, the USPS Inspector General said the agency's current fleet will only allow it to sustain delivery operations through fiscal 2017.

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 10:58am EDT

Dorothy Robyn, Former GSA

The White House wants agencies to double their use of renewable energy. Agencies have until 2016 to come up with $2 billion in energy savings performance contracts above and beyond what they've already committed to. Dorothy Robyn is the former commissioner of the Public Buildings Service at the General Services Administration. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what agencies can do to take on this new push.

Friday - 05/16/2014, 02:15pm EDT
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Let the sun shine in _ on White House solar panels

Solar panels now installed on White House roof; power intended to heat first family's water

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 01:20am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army broke ground last week on what will become the Defense Department's largest solar energy project ever. The Fort Huachuca, Ariz., solar project will provide the Army with renewable energy at no additional cost to the government. As Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports, the Army sets aside dozens of acres of southern Arizona land for the solar panels. In exchange for the land, a local utility company will build and operate them. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 09:44am EDT
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Army breaks ground on DoD's biggest solar project to date

The Fort Huachuca, Ariz., solar project will provide the Army with renewable energy at no additional cost to the government. The solar panels are expected to provide 18 megawatts of electricity, enough to light a small-sized city.

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 04:12am EDT
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Amanda Simpson, Executive Director for Energy Initiatives Task Force, Army

The Army breaks ground Friday on a giant solar array at sunny Fort Huachuca in Arizona. Once built, it will provide about a quarter of the energy needed to power the mid-sized base. It will be the largest solar project in the military's portfolio for a while. Amanda Simpson, executive director for the U.S. Army's Energy Initiatives Task Force, described the scope of the project to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Friday - 04/25/2014, 10:36am EDT
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McGinn: Renewable energy supports Navy's operational efficiency

Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment, says the pursuit of renewable energy is not just about the Navy "going green." It supports the mission.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 02:11pm EDT
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Dr. Willie Taylor, Department of the Interior

President Barack Obama wants the government to lead by example. He asks agencies to triple their use of renewable electricity sources by 2020 and get at least one-fifth of their energy from renewables. Willie Taylor, director of the Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance at the Interior Department, explained to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how his agency plans to meet the goal.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 10:41am EDT
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Navy plans action this year on two large pathways to alternative fuel

Navy says the Defense Production Act and a new partnership with USDA will help it generate several hundred million gallons per year of U.S.-based biofuel. The solicitations it plans to issue over the next year are a key stepping stone to the Navy's goal of getting half its energy from alternative sources by 2020.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 04:36am EDT
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Maureen Sullivan, Office of the Secretary of Defense

The Defense Department names nine winners for the 2014 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards. They choose the winners from 33 nominations. The winners represent nine different categories and six subject areas. Maureen Sullivan, director of environment, safety and occupational health at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, discusses a few of the highlights of the winners with In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 04:51pm EDT
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Agencies celebrate Earth Day with hashtags, 'selfies'

From selfies to hashtags, agencies have asked Americans to actively participate in Earth Day by using social media.

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 09:56am EDT

Philip Hart Cullom, Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics

The Navy continues to change the way it thinks about energy consumption. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus recently outlined several energy goals for the next six years. They include reducing petroleum used afloat and increasing alternative energy use ashore. Much of the responsibility for that plan falls to Vice Admiral Philip Hart Cullom, the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics. He spoke with Federal Drive Host Emily Kopp at the Sea Air Space Exposition. View photos and listen to more of our interviews from the expo.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 11:45am EDT
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Dianna Parker, Communications Specialist, Marine Debris Program

The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has covered hundreds of thousands miles of ocean, and the plane still hasn't turned up. But the search has highlighted a growing problem in the oceans: giant blobs of garbage. The Marine Debris Program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tracks the problem. The program's mission is to protect and conserve the marine environment and natural resources. Spokesperson Dianna Parker says trash often gets caught in gyres.

Friday - 04/04/2014, 10:33am EDT
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Military bases balance 'Army Strong' with 'Army Green'

Military bases are earning the "green" title for doing their part to preserve and protect the environment. The Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards recognize bases that balance Army mission with sustainable practices.

Friday - 02/21/2014, 07:36am EST
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Smart building technologies and energy efficiency

Barbara Humpton, senior vice president of Business Development for Siemens Government Technologies, will discuss where the federal market is headed and other issues.
January 28, 2014

Tuesday - 01/28/2014, 10:14pm EST
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Interior Department ends federal 'Blueway' program

A U.S. Interior Department program intended to recognize conservation efforts along the nation's waterways was dissolved on Friday amid opposition from landowners and politicians who feared it would lead to increased regulations and possible land seizures.

Friday - 01/03/2014, 02:09pm EST

GSA's green energy testing benefits federal buildings, commercial manufacturers

GSA tests new energy-saving technologies in its own buildings, to help the government save money and manufacturers realize opportunities in the commercial sphere.

Friday - 12/20/2013, 03:32pm EST
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