Anyone old enough to remember that commercial – “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature?” The sooner we can get off the fossil fuel merry-go-round, the better, I say. And the better for Mother Earth.
In this administration’s efforts to become more green, it’s possible to envision a day when government agencies will be required to offset their carbon emissions by purchasing Renewable Energy Credits (RECs).
Do you think that calculating the carbon footprint of your business travel will at some point become part of your mandatory entries in GovTrip?
Also, I am curious as to how green you think the average fed is in DC and how integrated this mode of thinking may become in our everyday work lives in the future. Being from the west, I don’t really get a sense that this is a priority for most in the Capitol city. I am really interested in how feds from all over the country perceive the urgency – or lack of it – of forestalling or reversing the effects of climate change.
For a really good explanation of Carbon Offsets and what they do, go to the website of the Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) at www.saige.org – click on the NativeEnergy button and it will walk you through all your questions about RECs.
What about requiring all new federal facilities to be built green? Isn’t this already on the books? Help me out here.