Government Goes Green

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Since governmental agencies consume much of the energy in the U.S., it only makes sense for them to enact efforts that will reduce consumption. After all, now that there is a consensus among governmental figures that global warming does indeed exist and is a huge issue for all life on this planet, it’s encouraging to see energy efficiency and other sustainable practices gaining momentum in all sectors.

There are currently several government projects underway, including the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), which plans on achieving the highest level of LEED status–platinum. (LEED is a program set by the U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit organization that provides standards for building sustainably). They expect construction cost premiums for the 210,000 square foot structure to be only minimal since much forethought is going into the project. One interesting way the NREL will significantly cut its natural gas usage is through a waste wood heating plant, which taxpayers will happily note are being financed by private companies.

Other green renovation and new construction include projects at The Department of Defense, The James Forrestal Building, The General Services Administration, The Environmental Protection Agency, and The Air National Guard.


Tag(s): Going Green, Green Building, Greenhouse Gas Emissions / Global Warming


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