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Will Schmitt — Open Innovation Advisor, USAID’s Office of Science and Technology
Waste created by humans, animals and industry is one of the largest hidden challenges facing developing countries. The U.S. Agency for International Development is teaming up with the apparel company Nike to encourage, support and implement innovative and sustainable solutions that reduce and better handle trash and sewage. Nine organizations from around the world were selected to receive U.S. support and participate in a forum this week in California. LAUNCH connects innovators with leaders and provides resources and guidance to accelerate the implementation of the technologies, businesses, and programs that address this growing problem.
USAID open innovation advisor Will Schmitt helped judge the “Launch: Beyond Waste” contest. He says whether the waste comes from farms, people, or industries the problems hit the world’s poorest the hardest.
Jenn MacDonald — Director, Sustainability Performance Office, Department of Energy
MacDonald spoke with Federal News Radio about energy-saving changes underway at the Department of Energy. The roof on the Forrestal Building in Washington, DC., has been replaced with a “cool roof,” which reflects heat and cuts down on air conditioning bills. The new roof is expected to save taxpayers $600,000 a year. The Department of Energy plans to install more than 100 cool roofs on its buildings.
As a a mid-level officer, Williams quickly organized and executed a global IT survey, requiring State Department staff worldwide to review the work activities, staff structure and skills required to meet the department’s future needs. More than half of all overseas posts participated.
Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-10 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. region and online everywhere. Tom has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Before coming to Federal News Radio, he was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.