sustainability

  • 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.

    May 24, 2016
  • Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told an audience at the GreenGov Symposium Wednesday his service would reach the goal of producing 1 gigawatt of renewable energy five years ahead of schedule.

    June 10, 2015
  • 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.

    March 30, 2015
  • 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.

    November 04, 2014
  • 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.

    August 04, 2014
  • Old electronics are filling up landfills. The EPA estimates only 25 percent of dead electronics, by weight, get recycled. As the largest consumer of electronics, the federal government can set an example for how to do better. The guidance for e-recycling issued by the General Services Administration is about to become a regulation. Kevin Kampschroer, deputy senior sustainability officer at GSA, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss its details.

    May 15, 2014
  • USPS Chief Sustainability Officer Thomas Day said the service is on target to reach many of its sustainability goals for 2015. USPS said the decline in mail volume led to the consolidation of mail distribution centers.

    June 17, 2013
  • 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.

    September 26, 2012
  • 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.

    September 17, 2012
  • 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.

    September 17, 2012
  • 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.

    September 17, 2012
  • 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.

    July 23, 2012
  • The new version of the online resource provides additional resources to better help agencies improve workplace sustainability.

    July 13, 2012
  • Federal agencies released FY 2011 sustainability scorecards indicating overall progress.

    June 15, 2012