Posts Tagged: sustainability

Saving Our Seas

It’s no secret that the ocean is a vast space. Comprising over 90 percent of the Earth’s habitable space, it seems impossible that humans could have a serious impact on this massive environment teeming with life. However, scientific research at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is proving that we can and are having… Read more »

Cutting Costs by Building Energy Efficiency

We hear it every day: Government needs to cut costs. But how? If government is going to continue serving the public, there are certain things like workforce, infrastructure, and technology that must receive funding. Instead of cutting vital assets, we must instead seek efficiencies. According to IBM, a primary focus area should be how we… Read more »

Evidence-based analysis of sustainability initiatives – Part 1: Ungreen at any speed

Much has been made about reducing greenhouse gas emissions and pollution through the production and use of hybrid and/or electrical vehicles. Many companies and governmental jurisdictions are rushing to buy such vehicles, and/or to construct charging stations. However, if one considers the life-cycle of carbon emissions, it turns out that H/EVs are more damaging than… Read more »

GSA Selects Agency ‘Green’ Building Standards

The General Services Administration has recommended two green building certification systems for agencies to follow for construction and renovation projects. GSA chose the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes and the LEED system from the U.S. Green Building Council after reviewing input from the public and stakeholders, the agency said Friday. Kevin Kampschroer, director of GSA’s… Read more »

Federal Agencies Leading by Example – The Federal Green Challenge

A great post by my colleague Lana Suarez about the 2013 Federal Green Challenge award winners. Has your agency joined the challenge yet? By Lana Suárez When I joined the Federal Green Challenge team in October 2011, I had no idea what I was getting in to but quickly realized this dynamic group of regional… Read more »

AFCEA Bethesda Smart Tech Symposium Interview Series: Seth Guikema, Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University

AFCEA Bethesda Smart Tech Symposium Interview Series: Seth Guikema On October 23, AFCEA Bethesda is hosting an innovative educational symposium for government and industry participants who are or want to be on the cutting edge of smart technology and sustainability. The goals of the event are to make the business case for sustainability, show “big… Read more »