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Federal agencies released FY 2011 sustainability scorecards indicating overall progress.
The four acquisition decisions the service will make in the coming months are the first fruits of a task force the Army created to pursue large-scale solar, geothermal, wind, biomass and waste-to-energy facilities on its bases.
The creation of sustainable installations will be largely dependent on future base realignment and closures or BRAC, said Dr. Dorothy Robyn, the department's deputy undersecretary for installations and environment.
Under the one-year contract, Big Blue will develop a system to collect data for the Public Building Service to analyze to find areas to become more energy efficient.
The Submarine Learning Center, at the Naval Submarine Base New London, has won a LEED silver award for being green. The center's headquarters uses geothermal heating a cooling systems and is built out of recycled building materials.
Katherine Hammack, the assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and the Environment, joins Pentagon Solutions to discuss the Energy Initiatives Task Force, which focuses on creating large renewable energy projects on military bases.
The Defense Department is the single largest consumer of energy in the world, and as part of a broad strategy to shift consumption to renewable sources, the Marine Corps is rolling out its Ground Renewable Expeditionary Energy Network System (GREENS). Project manager Michael Gallagher told In Depth that GREENS saves not only fossil fuels and money, but also lives.
NASA is looking for ways to re-purpose waste in space, and the space agency is turning to innovators to come up with some ideas.
Travis DeVault, project leader for USDA's National Wildlife Research Center in Sandusky, Ohio, told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the project.
Navy officials cut the ribbon on the$11.2 million Naval Operational Support Center Phoenix at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz. on March 30.
The military may be the biggest user of energy in the federal government, but the Navy is doing its part to lessen the load, according to Tom Hicks, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for energy.
Naval Facilities Engineering Command opened the first of three planned stations that pump E-85, a fuel made up mostly of ethanol. The Navy Secretary said he wants the service to cut is use of petroleum fuel by 50 percent and set a deadline of 2015.
Based on lessons learned over the last two years, new guidance is coming to help agencies refine their greenhouse gas efforts.
Army would agree to buy energy from private plants on Army land but cut the plants off from the electric grid in the event of an emergency. The final solicitation could be out by this spring.
Agencies have an April 20 deadline to join a renewable energy certificate (REC) solicitation that can help them save money on reaching green goals.
The services are spending $31 million more every time oil prices increased $1 a barrel. The unexpected increase in costs is forcing the Pentagon to take even a deeper dive to find areas to save or avoid spending on in both the short and long term. DoD sees improved acquisitions as a major area for further potential spending reductions.
Those who are already receiving paper checks for federal benefit payments have until March 1, 2013, to sign up for direct deposit or direct express.
Agencies will have to take new steps to ensure electronics, such as computers and copiers, are reused or recycled and do not end up in landfills, according to a governmentwide bulletin the General Services Administration issued Thursday.
Sharon Burke, the assistant secretary of defense for operational energy plans and programs, says saving energy takes risks out of the battlefield.
Gary McNeil, a co-manager of EPA's Combined Heat and Power Program, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss an award for energy savings earned by two military bases.