Green Buildings

  • As Army pushes toward 1 gigawatt renewable energy goal, emphasis is on resiliency

    The Army’s Office of Energy Initiatives is the service’s central hub for managing the financing and planning for “utility scale” renewable and alternative energy projects. Michael McGhee, OEI’s executive director, talks with Jared Serbu about some of the major projects in the pipeline, and the Army’s desire to use the power they generate to make its bases energy-independent.

  • Michael McGhee: Army aims to be energy self-sufficient

    Over the past five years, the Army has been busily building renewable power facilities on its bases in order to reach an overall goal of 1 gigawatt of renewable energy by 2025. But now, the Army is putting more of an emphasis on using that energy to make its bases entirely self-sufficient from the public electric grid, so they can continue to function in the event of an outage. Michael McGhee, executive director of the Army Office of Energy Initiatives, talked with Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the technologies the Army’s pursuing to make that a reality.

  • Federal government and private sector collaborations

    When it comes to executing an executive order, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says the phrase “the more the merrier” applies.

  • Navy eyes miniature nuclear reactors to power its bases

    Navy Secretary says the maritime services haven’t devoted much attention to nuclear as a shore-side “alternative” energy option thus far, but it’s time to start.

  • It’s not just the fatigues that are green in the Army

    Assistant Secretary of the Army Katherine Hammack is leading the Army’s charge toward more sustainable bases. The Army has some ambitious near-term goals for energy savings.

  • Energy planting seeds for a greener government

    The Energy Department’s Federal Energy Management Program Office made four awards under its Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) program to help agencies get over the hump on renewable energy projects.

  • Navy launches Green Fleet partly powered by biofuel

    Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack took part in the opening ceremony Wednesday for the Great Green Fleet, a year-long initiative that demonstrates the sea service’s efforts to transform its energy use.

  • Green is Navy’s new color with fleet initiative

    The Navy launched its year-long green initiative that will use alternative fuels and procurement practices to make the service more fuel efficient.

  • GSA’s Harada heading to White House

    The associate administrator in the Office of Governmentwide Policy and acting chief of staff will become the new federal chief sustainability officer.

  • Federal offices of the future could resemble your back patio

    In the future, federal offices could be more like patios – where furniture is adjustable and moveable for whatever task or project is at hand, say experts at the General Services Administration. In our special report, The Federal Office of the Future, we examine the research behind the decision to make office spaces more flexible.

  • Open spaces, open minds: How LEED standards are changing your office

    Eco-friendly construction is a priority, and in some cases a requirement. for future office planning in the federal government. Federal News Radio’s special report, The Federal Office of the Future, explores how LEED certification standards are sweeping the country in new and current federal offices.

  • Before and After – Federal building’s impressive makeover serves as model for agencies

    After a four-year renovation, the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt (EGWW) Federal Building is a model of success for the green construction movement. The building now uses about half as much energy as it previously did and 60 percent less water than typical office buildings. Federal News Radio goes inside the building in part 2 of our special report, The Federal Office of the Future.

  • How a well-placed plant can save your office money

    Simply ensuring offices have views to the outside, contain plants, receive adequate daylight or have nature-inspired art all help create a more inviting, healthy environment. Bill Browning offers tips on making your office a more productive place for employees by bringing the outside in.

  • 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.

  • Obama drives ahead on climate with government emissions cuts

    By JOSH LEDERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama ordered the federal government on Thursday to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by nearly half over the next decade, driving his climate change agenda…