U.S. Government Uses Clean Tech and Green Design to Cut Energy Bill

Submitted By: Jane Dam · Wed, 12/29/2010 - 18:44

With $25 billion in annual power and fuel costs, the U.S. government is the largest single energy consumer in the nation's economy, and among the largest in the world. Of course, the 500,000 buildings the government leases or owns include not only office space, but supercomputers, hospitals, and aviation safety radar facilities. And the 600,000 vehicles that Uncle Sam has to tank up include those conveying troops engaged in active combat.

For years, it has been clear that there's a big opportunity in the sheer size of this energy footprint. The U.S. Congress has been setting federal efficiency goals since 1978—in hope not only of cutting costs and foreign oil dependence, but also of leading the way for energy savings in the private sector.

To continue reading this article about the government's efforts to green its buildings, please visit: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/news/energy/2010/12/101223-gover...

Tying back to the discussion of green building and clean technology, a recent green building materials start-up, ChloroFill, posted a deal on the OnGreen marketplace. Their tree-less agri-fiberboard products serve as a green alternative to particleboard, plywood and other building materials: http://www.ongreen.com/deal-marketplace/chlorofill-renewable-buiding-mat....

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