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12:17 pm, May 28, 2015

Green Government News

Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency has named winners of this year's Federal Green Challenge, which prompts agencies to help reduce the entire government's environmental footprint. More than 400 agencies participated this year. Mathy Stanislaus, the assistant administrator of the EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the challenge, and this year's winners.

Wednesday - 05/13/2015, 09:41am EDT
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Fort Knox becomes first U.S. base to generate its own electric supply

The base made famous for its large gold vault is the first in the country to operate independently from the civilian power grid, thanks to generous supplies of natural gas directly beneath it. But officials say they wouldn't have achieved the milestone without previous steps to invest in geothermal energy and other conservation measures.

Friday - 05/08/2015, 04:41am EDT
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Majority of agencies meeting sustainable acquisition goals, OFPP says

A new report to Congress shows 17 of the 24 largest agencies bought sustainable products at least 95 percent of the time.

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 02:21pm EDT

Thomas Day, Chief Sustainability Officer, USPS

In a recent executive order, President Barack Obama called on agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Thomas Day, the Postal Service's chief sustainability officer, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the steps the agency is taking on doing just that.

Monday - 03/30/2015, 09:25am EDT
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Obama drives ahead on climate with government emissions cuts

Obama order steep cuts in government emissions, aiming to spur global action on climate

Friday - 03/20/2015, 11:26am EDT

DoD energy use falls to lowest level on record

Energy has been a hot topic within DoD for the last several years, with each of the military services pledging to reduce their overall consumption and get at least 20 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2020.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:03am EST

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Army to soldiers: get some sleep; DoD energy use falls to lowest level on record

In this week's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, the Army wants its soldiers to have healthy exercise, nutrition and sleep routines and DoD energy use falls to lowest level on record. Also in this edition...

Monday - 02/09/2015, 03:37am EST

Lisa Mendelson, National Park Service

The National Park Service is putting in place 81 energy efficiency and water conservation projects in parks throughout the D.C. metropolitan area. Lisa Mendelson is the Acting Regional Director for the National Capital Region at the National Park Service. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details the scope of the project that will install new intelligent bulbs, sprinklers and solar power across the region's hundreds of parks and landmarks in 2015.

Thursday - 12/04/2014, 11:42am EST
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Ruth Cox and Walter Tersch, GSA

Green investments to federal buildings are showing double-digit energy savings, according to the General Services Administration. They're looking at the effects of some energy upgrades. Ruth Cox is a senior sustainability official, and Walter Tersch is a program analyst at the General Services Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, they broke down the success of the green updates.

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 05:09pm EST
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White House challenge puts the quest to go green in feds' hands

The government wants to go green and it's soliciting employee suggestions to help do it. It's a top-to-bottom effort though, as federal agencies also released their annual sustainability plans and the President announced a new GreenGov Symposium.

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 04:22pm EST

Army changing its energy culture through better data

By the end of next year, the Army will install advanced electric meters at most of its large buildings, giving the service much more detailed data on how it uses energy than it's ever seen before.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 03:58am EDT
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US to train veterans to install solar panels

The jobs training program is among a host of initiatives the White House says will cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 300 million tons through 2030.

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 11:00am EDT

GSA pushing agencies to reuse, recycle electronics

The General Services Administration plans to have draft governmentwide policies for reusing and recycling used electronics by the end of this fiscal year. Kevin Kampschroer, deputy senior sustainability official for GSA, announced the agency's efforts at the release of the updated national strategy for sustainable electronics.

Monday - 08/04/2014, 06:27pm EDT
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Army focuses energy investments on soldier power

The Army says the alternative and renewable energy industry should not look to the military as a giant source of investment capital for new technologies. But there are a few exceptions to that rule.

Friday - 08/01/2014, 05:02am EDT
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Agencies use of renewable energy at all-time high

Agencies released sustainability scorecards showing progress toward green goals. Overall, agencies have exceeded goals and reduced greenhouse gases, pollution and waste and increased renewables.

Monday - 07/28/2014, 06:20am EDT

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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