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GSA testing new energy-saving technologies at federal buildings

The General Services Administration plans to roll out a dozen new technologies designed to better measure and manage energy use in federal facilities, the agency announced Wednesday. The new technologies, part of GSA's Green Proving Ground program, will be used in federal buildings across the country where their effectiveness will be evaluated by GSA and the Energy Department's National Laboratories.

Wednesday - 09/26/2012, 07:58pm EDT

Obama earns green thumb for sustainability record

Jon Powers is the Federal Environmental Executive for the White House Council on Environmental Quality. He spoke to Federal News Radio as part of the special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

Monday - 09/17/2012, 03:29am EDT
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Cool Roofs Initiative helps agencies achieve energy-saving goals

Agencies are installing white, reflective roofs, solar panels and plant-filled green roofs to cut down on energy costs and save taxpayers money. This is all in response to President Barack Obama's executive order requiring agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency.

Monday - 09/17/2012, 03:26am EDT

Achieving effective outcomes through management initiatives proves difficult

Federal News Radio evaluated a total of five initiatives meant to rally federal managers' enthusiasm, expertise and duty as part of the special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years. We determined more progress was needed on the administration's performance management and regulation reduction efforts. We called the President's plan to reorganize the Commerce Department a bust but find effective efforts surrounding energy sustainability and cutting waste, fraud, abuse and improper payments.

Monday - 09/17/2012, 03:23am EDT

Sustainability and Efficiency in the Federal Government

Ever wonder what the federal government is doing to reduce electricity use and reduce costs? Learn more about how the US federal government is leading the way in working to make its facilities more sustainable and environmentally responsible.

Monday - 08/13/2012, 11:28am EDT
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Army releases $7B solicitation for renewable energy on bases

Army says 130 companies have expressed interest in building renewable facilities on military installations so far. Winners will be picked by the end of the year.

Wednesday - 08/08/2012, 05:23am EDT
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Interior, DoD to convert unused bases to energy projects

Interior estimates 13 million acres in the Western United States have high winds, lots of sunlight, or sit on top of geothermal sources.

Tuesday - 08/07/2012, 07:50am EDT

Building personnel face new green training expectations

Employees and contractors must demonstrate core competency skills released today by the General Services Administration. GSA developed the competencies and related curriculum recommendations to meet legislative requirements.

Monday - 07/23/2012, 04:01pm EDT

GSA improves sustainable facilities tool

The new version of the online resource provides additional resources to better help agencies improve workplace sustainability.

Friday - 07/13/2012, 07:14pm EDT

DoE forges ahead in green trend

DoE has implemented changes to improve its energy sustainability efforts in support of greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Monday - 07/09/2012, 07:06pm EDT

USDA, DoE, Navy kick starting biofuel development

The agencies are making $30 million available for companies to investigate the possibilities for creating military biofuels. The projects could help achieve the President's energy goals, military energy security and rural economic improvement.

Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 06:49pm EDT

Pentagon to begin online delivery of US mail

Employees in the Pentagon will be able to access their postal mail via a web-based interface and decide how to handle each envelope.

Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 01:42pm EDT
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Sustainability Efforts: The grades are in

Federal agencies released FY 2011 sustainability scorecards indicating overall progress.

Friday - 06/15/2012, 06:50pm EDT

Army plans to begin four 'utility-scale' renewable energy projects this year

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.

Wednesday - 06/13/2012, 01:46pm EDT

Greener bases depend on future BRAC rounds

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.

Thursday - 05/24/2012, 12:48pm EDT
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GSA hires IBM to run the smart building initiative

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.

Monday - 05/14/2012, 06:43pm EDT

Navy's Submarine Learning Center earns LEED silver

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.

Monday - 05/07/2012, 07:18pm EDT

Renewable energy, repurposing buildings priorities for Army's Hammack

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.

Wednesday - 04/25/2012, 05:39pm EDT
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Marine Corps' portable solar-energy units mean fewer IED deaths

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.

Tuesday - 04/10/2012, 08:46pm EDT
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NASA seeks innovations for space waste

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.

Tuesday - 04/10/2012, 08:57am EDT
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