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PTO ends one fast-track approval program, extends another

As it prepares to implement the changes enacted by a sweeping patent reform bill, the Patent and Trademark Office is ending one of the temporary fast-track programs it created to clear out its backlog of patent applications. Another is being extended.

Friday - 12/23/2011, 05:29am EST
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Federal buildings, old and new, go green

Treasury's building, DoD's Mark Center both get LEED Gold certification. Treasury expects to save $3.5 million by improving how the structures uses energy. DoD expects its new building to use 45 percent less water.

Thursday - 12/22/2011, 05:26am EST
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DLA helps Navy power ships on algae, cooking oil

Bruce Blank, the energy director of the DLA's bulk petroleum business unit, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the procurement process of a new biofuel contract with the Navy.

Wednesday - 12/21/2011, 05:30pm EST
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The government's efforts to go green

Roger Platt of the U.S. Green Building Council, joins host Debra Roth to talk about what the government is doing to be more environmentally friendly.
December 16, 2011

Friday - 12/16/2011, 10:42pm EST
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Algae-powered Navy destroyer part of capability-driven energy strategy

Rear Adm. Phillip Cullom joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the new step in the Navy's green energy efforts at sea.

Thursday - 12/08/2011, 07:43pm EST
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GAO: Green building projects lack performance measures

GAO examined 94 federal projects run by 11 agencies. Three agencies oversaw a majority of these projects the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Thursday - 12/08/2011, 10:24am EST
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EPA and Army partner for Net Zero effort

The Army is collaborating with the Environmental Protection Agency to makes its bases more sustainable as part of its Net Zero initiative.

Tuesday - 12/06/2011, 11:04am EST
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Obama commits to $2B in energy upgrades to federal buildings

Agencies must look for projects to enter into Energy Savings Performance Contracts over the next two years. The effort will cost the government no upfront money. The contractors pay for the energy efficiencies and get paid by the utility savings the department receives. The Army, the Air Force and GSA already are using these contracts.

Friday - 12/02/2011, 05:28am EST
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Army to meet renewable energy goals through predictability

The Energy Initiatives Task Force held its first industry day to explain how it wants to get green energy projects built on installations. The Army must receive 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. The task force will develop an acquisition strategy and a new multiple-award contract over the next year.

Friday - 11/04/2011, 05:30am EDT
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GSA guide to ensure electronics are green to the end

The government's new strategy on electronic stewardship said no federal electronics should end up in a landfill. Agencies should make sure their computers, monitors and other equipment is reused whenever possible and eventually recycled by a certified company. The Government Services Administration will publish guidance in February.

Wednesday - 11/02/2011, 02:11pm EDT
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DISA headquarters earns LEED Gold

The complex in Ft. Meade, Md., received the second-highest environmental building certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Tuesday - 11/01/2011, 05:28pm EDT

Public Buildings Service takes up Net Zero Challenge

Bob Peck, commissioner of GSA's Public Buildings Service, says his agency is leading by example in energy efficiency.

Tuesday - 11/01/2011, 10:46am EDT
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New Energy program helps agencies meet efficiency goals

Tim Unruh, program manager at the Energy Department's Federal Energy Management Program, shared tips on how agencies can become more energy efficient.

Monday - 10/31/2011, 03:17pm EDT
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Mixed progress on varied goals in agency sustainability score cards

The Obama administration announced the release of the second annual sustainability performance plan for federal agencies at the annual Green Gov Symposium.

Monday - 10/31/2011, 12:33pm EDT
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GSA makes progress on greening the fleet

Michael Robertson, GSA's chief of staff, provided an update on the agency's continuing green and clean energy efforts.

Monday - 10/31/2011, 10:33am EDT
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DoD seeks energy 'nirvana' in priorities

Dorothy Robyn, the deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, said DoD is taking the lead in helping clean energy companies clear the commercialization hurdle.

Monday - 10/31/2011, 09:43am EDT
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Air Force to consume not pay for the development of biofuels

The Air Force wants to fulfill half of its U.S.-based jet fuel needs with alternative fuels by 2016 and expects to be ready for that target ahead of time. But, with the view that it is a consumer, not a producer of energy, the service says it doesn't intend to play a direct role in helping to develop biofuel technologies.

Thursday - 10/27/2011, 07:44am EDT
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ELC: News and Notes

OPM developing competency models for performance improvement officers and chief operating officers as part of its requirements under the GPRA Modernization Act. DHS moves to agile development to fix the HSIN program. NIST to update HSPD-12 card requirements to meet mobile needs.

Tuesday - 10/25/2011, 05:57am EDT

Agencies told to take closer look at green buying

OFPP issued a new memo encouraging departments to consider if the product or service they are buying meets sustainable standards. The memo is another in a series of directives to green the government.

Thursday - 10/13/2011, 03:36pm EDT

Building "Green"

Richard Knight, principal/vice-president of Aercrete Advantage LLC, joins host Mark Amtower to talk about the work being done by his company.
October 3, 2011

Monday - 10/03/2011, 09:17pm EDT
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