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"Greening" the federal procurement process
September 12, 2009 at 8:42 pm #80284
I am seeking any and all input, success or failure stories, and suggestions on how to green the government's procurement processes. In particular, interested in feedback about:
- price preferences for green items
- green as an evaluation criteria
- stronger mandates to buy certified green products
September 12, 2009 at 10:44 pm #80294
How green are you talking here? Reduced, reused, recycled, or very green from the get go? Or a combination of them all? I am the informal "green" person in our building and would really like to hear how far you are talking about. For instance: A building can be made greener, but are we talking about spending more for green, or using what is standard now? I would love to see a government building built with state and federal construction leftovers, but I have never once seen a construction crew offer left over items as part of their contract. I was hoping our brand new building would be all solar. Nope, not solar. Too expensive. So, there is green, and then there is GREEN.
September 12, 2009 at 10:50 pm #80292
The Administration seems to think they want GREEN...and I think that would be the most beneficial too....but the devil is in the details of getting there. The things I mentioned, among others, are on the table.
September 14, 2009 at 3:10 am #80290
I would love to see everything very green. But, the mind set must change. When we are talking FY dollars, it is hard to justify obligating a larger amount for a really green building in one FY. BUT, in the end, after many years it will save money. It still makes me a little ticked that we don't have solar panels on our new building. We sit on a hill, and we get tons of Sunlight in the morning, all the way to about 2 pm. The solar panels could light the whole building for the morning, and then the reserves could help out in the afternoon. At night and on cloudy days we could use the back up systems. But, we if we ended up with extra (say over the weekend), it could go back to the electric company and give us a credit. This could help the electric company with over bearing hot days. They would actually have another source of electricity on hot days when our building was mostly empty. And I don't even want to get into the building's material. Why are we not using construction leftovers in the federal Government? All the construction leftovers from all the projects around the country go into the landfills. Why is there not a place (a warehouse or warehouses) this items can be taken so federal, state, and local governments can buy them? 2 sheets of very good plywood is no good for one contractor, but if you have 10-100 of them, then we have something good we can use. I have seen 2*4s, 2*6s, siding, bricks, wire, etc all taken to the landfill, because it was construction leftovers. Nothing bad about these items. At least our building was made of white stone. That is a very good color for a building. I can’t see the roof, but I hope that is white also. As a matter of fact, that is a simple place to start. Whenever any new building is being built, make sure the roof will be white. If it is in a city, see if there is a way to put a roof top garden on it. Not all buildings can do this, but this will help with pollution, and will put Oxygen back into the air. As for carpets, they need to be made out of recycled carpets, recycled shoes, or recycled tires. I haven’t looked these up in awhile, but, the recycled items made into carpets was a really cool idea.
I could go on and on. But, you see where I am going. I can, and I am sure others more experienced than I can, give you tons of ideas of making something really GREEN. The main issue is money. A building of green items will cost more in the beginning, but will save a lot in the end.
September 16, 2009 at 8:30 pm #80288
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September 19, 2009 at 2:19 pm #80286
Whoever came up with this company is great. I push for this kind of thing all the time. With skype, and all kinds of other programs (even secure programs) not to mention VTC, there is really no reason people need to travel for every little thing. As I mentioned before, a Job fair can even be accomplished electronically. I know there is a reall need to shake someone's hand and to meet a person, at least once. BUT, after a few times flying to meet someone, and a few drinks after, you should be able to maintain a relationship electronically. This is a business person, not a relative. Yes, you want to make each other feel comfortable, but a constant flying or driving to meet for every meeting, is gone with the dinosaurs. Plus, less time out of the office, less issues with trying to get everyone to meet at the same time (no missed or delayed flights, and no traffic), and less money for a company to spend on travel. I can't believe how much companies are spending on travel for meetings...then they want to cry broke. They need to get creative with their electrionics.
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