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Administration showcases sustainability efforts

Feb. 5, 2014 - 02:23PM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
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Feds are encouraged to bike to work under one of several federal green initiatives. (KAREN BLEIER / AFP/Getty Images)

The GreenGov Spolight Communities program begun by the Council on Environmental Quality in 2013 has helped cut agency carbon emissions and costs, according to a federal official.

Jon Powers, Federal Environmental Executive at CEQ, said in a Feb. 4 blog post that the administration asked agencies to report how they were working with local and regional organizations to become more environmentally friendly.

“From cutting costs to reducing carbon emissions, these local efforts show how (f)ederal agencies can lead by example in the areas of energy and sustainability,” Powers said.

Some examples include:

■The “Federal Bike to Work Month Challenge” which encourages federal employees to bike to work and recruit coworkers and contractors to do so as well. The program saved nearly 240,000 pounds of CO2 emissions across 2,100 riders across agencies such as the EPA and the Transportation Department.

■A car-sharing pilot conducted by the Peace Corps to research potential opportunities for large agencies to share vehicles and lower ownership costs.

■The creation of a National Capital Region Climate Risks Preparation and Adaptation plan by agencies in the Washington area to help plan for and reduce the effects of climate change – such as catastrophic flooding – and maintain agency operations.

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