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February 19, 2010

Government Goes Green

White House The federal government is the largest single consumer of energy in the country. Taxpayers ensure that federal vehicles' gas tanks are full and the lights and heat stay on in government buildings.

President Obama hopes to save money and lead the country to a cleaner energy future by making the federal government a model. In October, he signed an executive order requiring that the government reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions by 28 percent over the next decade. 

Obama also asked federal employees to participate in the GreenGov Challenge, through which they can submit practical ideas about improving sustainability and energy efficiency at government facilities. Yesterday, in a video posted on the White House's blog, Obama describes how successful the project has been thus far and calls on employees to put their ideas into action. The public is allowed to view the site (but not contribute), so even if you’re not a federal employee, head over to get some ideas for greening your own workplace. While you're at it, also check out our tips for an eco-friendlier office.

--Sophie Matson

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