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May. 22, 2017
This tool is designed to help identify upgrades and energy conservation measures that can enhance your building's sustainability. Get started by selecting your building size and climate zone. The resulting information provides estimated payback time, capital cost, energy savings, and cost savings for a variety of potential upgrades and conservation measures.
May. 22, 2017
The market's demand for sustainability through both energy and water efficiency must be weighed carefully as competing interests continue to evolve rapidly over the next decade. The energy intensity of water varies from location to location, but fresh water scarcity is driving the trend of increased water treatment and distributions cost. Growing demand, droughts, and aging infrastructure have compounded the issue. Simultaneously, major growth of renewable energy generation in the grid energy mix affects both process water used and greenhouse gases emitted. Reduced cost of renewable energy is making wind and solar technologies cost-competitive with more traditional generation technologies. This presentation will give a quick overview of the Water-Energy Nexus, and highlight a few technologies and design concepts that directly are impacted directly by this relationship. This presentation is a part of the ASHRAE Brown Bag Luncheon series.
May. 18, 2017
The theme of the conference is "Surviving and Thriving: In Pursuit of a Sustainable World."
May. 16, 2017
Public and private sector institutions are increasingly turning to solar power to reduce their footprint and energy costs while enhancing energy continuity. A key next step is to develop an energy storage solution for lesser productive times of day. This webinar is focused on how public and private sector organizations can benefit from an integrated solar and energy storage solution, resulting in increased savings of 20-50% on joint installations.
May. 15, 2017
The 2018 conference program will feature eight focused thematic tracks that will provide participants an opportunity for a more dynamic, hands-on learning experience. Each track will be designed to create a peer cohort of practitioners that leave with a new tools, strategies, models and templates to integrate into their work. The conference will draw a national audience of local elected officials and city and county staff; state and federal agency leaders; professionals in planning, transportation, public health, landscape architecture, architecture, public works, parks and recreation, and crime prevention and the arts; realtors, developers, builders and bankers; advocates for equity and environmental justice, youth, older adults, and walking and biking; labor representatives; school leaders and staff; environmentalists; and all others committed to building safer, healthier and more livable communities everywhere.
May. 12, 2017
This event will bring together thought leaders from industry, government, and academia to work side by side with climate experts. Participants will explore how climate science and environmental data can inform challenges related to integrating renewables into the nation's energy grid. The event is co-spoinsored by The Climate Services Committee of the American Meteorological Society --in conjunction with NCEI, the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites–North Carolina (CICS-NC), and The Collider.
May. 9, 2017
Webinar provides an overview of the Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) training program and its associated software tools: Data Center Profiler (DC Pro) and the Air Management (AM) Tool. The DCEP program provides up to three days of training on energy assessments in data centers to help increase energy efficiency. The federal government has a requirement for DCEPs for managing federal data centers.
May. 9, 2017
This three-day workshop educates attendees about how to implement energy and water projects through an energy savings performance contract (ESPC). The workshop consists of a basic introduction to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) IDIQ contracts and how to get started with an ESPC project at your site. Training sections cover task order ordering procedures, contractor selection, energy saving technologies, risk and responsibility, measurement and verification, understanding task order schedules, pricing and financing aspects of the project, and post award contract administration. Breakout sessions focusing on technical and contracting topics provide the trainee with an opportunity to learn by doing.
May. 4, 2017
The 2017 National Energy Codes Conference, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy, will cover a variety of critical topics, including code development, implementation, policy, tools and resources, with a focus on achieving compliance. Be sure to catch the latest news and information affecting the future of codes and our built environment.
Apr. 27, 2017
This FEMP certificate series provides guidance for turning information from metered data into operational, cost-saving best practices. Course instruction describes opportunities to reduce costs, optimize system performance, and maximize investments using the latest metering standards and analytical methods.
Apr. 27, 2017
This FEMP webinar covers how metered energy data can be measured, analyzed, and presented to support informed decision-making. Understand the various uses for metered data, methods and techniques to perform analysis, and effective tools to gather and evaluate metered data.
Apr. 27, 2017
This FEMP training outlines federal requirements and drivers for metering and provides best practices to select and prioritize metering projects. Learn to identify and comply with applicable federal metering requirements and evaluate how metered data can be used to improve building performance and reduce costs.
Apr. 27, 2017
Explains how metered data can identify system-level or facility-wide changes and ways to use dashboards to present information tailored to stakeholders. Understand how to apply metered data analysis to improve operational efficiency, interpret building load profiles, and use metered data to analyze utility bills.
Apr. 18, 2017
Update 04/18/2017: Agenda at a Glance is now available. The Energy Exchange is an educational and networking forum for those seeking to expand their knowledge of building operations, energy management, and sustainability in the federal sector. Training sessions explore the challenges and opportunities in and across civilian agencies and the military, including funding, designing, and operating energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The trade show features cutting-edge technologies for improving outcomes and reducing costs at project sites.
Apr. 12, 2017
The focus of this conference is understanding human behavior and decision making and how that knowledge can accelerate the transition to an energy-efficient and low-carbon future.
Apr. 11, 2017
Sponsored by the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences (AEHS) Foundation, topics of special interest for 2017 are: climate change, green and sustainaiblty remediation projects, renewable energy, and the impact of biofuels on groundwater.
Apr. 6, 2017
Join the experts on Portfolio Manager every Wednesday at noon ET for 30 minutes to ask questions. There is no specific topic or demonstration. This is a Q&A session.
Apr. 3, 2017
Learn about the newest energy policy issues. Potential topics include: hydraulic fracturing, energy storage, the energy and water nexus, regional planning, climate change, and alternative energy.
Mar. 29, 2017
The new EO, signed 28 March 2017, is titled "Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth." The EO details how the current administration plans to achieve the policy stated in Section 1 of the EO to "promote clean and safe development of our Nation's vast energy resources, while at the same time avoiding regulatory burdens that unnecessarily encumber energy production, constrain economic growth, and prevent job creation." This EO will not be numbered until it is officially published in the Federal Register.
Mar. 21, 2017
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions decreased by 146 million metric tons (MMmt), from 5,405 MMmt in 2014 to 5,259 MMmt in 2015. This decline occurred despite growth in real gross domestic product (GDP) of 2.6% as other factors more than offset the growth in GDP. Energy-related CO2 emissions in 2015 were about 12% below 2005 levels. Emissions have declined in 6 out of the past 10 years. For additional details see the report.
Mar. 7, 2017
The FEMP webinar series provides comprehensive instruction on the most current interior and exterior lighting system applications, including lighting sources, technologies, controls, and emerging trends, as well as federal procurement guidance, requirements, and resources.
Feb. 27, 2017
The U.S. Army Reserve 9th Mission Support Command received recognition for Highest Percentage Savings in a Retrofit at a Single Parking Lot in the 2016 LEEP Campaign. The Maui, Hawaii Army Reserve Center site replaced twenty-two 400-watt high pressure sodium flood lights with 200-watt LED flood lights, resulting in 92% energy savings.
Feb. 27, 2017
This award celebrates parking areas which have achieved exemplary energy efficiency in their lighting. New lighting installs and retrofits since January, 2010 may be recognized in the following categories: Lighting Retrofits of Existing Parking Facilities; Lighting in Parking Facility New Construction; Best and Brightest; Best in Parking Facility Sector (including Federal). Award recipients will be recognized at IFMA's World Workplace Conference & Expo 2017 on October 18 - 20, 2017 in Houston, TX. Nominations are due 2 June 2017.
Feb. 9, 2017
January 2017 version of the quarterly publication of "The Corps Environment" newsletter published by the USACE Environmental Community of Practice. The purpose of this newsletter is to provide information about USACE and Army environmental actions, issues, policies and technologies.
Feb. 1, 2017
Sponsored by the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), topics include Netzero, green buildings, sustainability, national security, contingency engineering and facility management.
Jan. 19, 2017
The tracks and programs for the Annual Conference in Long Beach will focus on resources to design, build, control, commission and operate these high efficiency facilities." The conference will also include an HVAC&R focus on fundamentals, applications, systems, equipment, refrigeration and residential standards and codes.
Jan. 19, 2017
Presented by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), the conference is designed to provide hands-on, up-to-the-minute information you can use right away to improve your energy management program and get up to speed on the current generation of innovative technologies available to help you meet your goals.
Jan. 19, 2017
Sponsored by the Association of Energy Engineers, this conference is designed to provide hands-on, up-to-the-minute information you can use right away to improve your energy management program, and get up to speed on the current generation of innovative technologies available to help you meet your goals.
Jan. 5, 2017
Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Greenbuild includes educational sessions, an expo, 1-day focused summits, tours, and opportunities to earn continuing eductaion units (CEUs). Details on the program will be available in Spring 2017.
Dec. 14, 2016
DOE has announced $3 million in funding for three projects to speed the adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies at facilities across the federal government. The selected agencies will use FEMP's Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) awards to institutionalize the use of DOE's Energy Savings Performance Contract ENABLE contract process to implement projects. Cost shared with industry, when all phases are complete, the total investment will be more than $50 million. Recipients are U.S. Forest Service, GSA, and the U.S. Air Force.
Dec. 12, 2016
Three of the award-winning CHP systems are located at medical centers where energy efficiency is a key strategy to control the cost of health care. The fourth award-winning system is located at an Army National Guard facility where mission support helicopters are housed and maintained.
Dec. 9, 2016
The Energy Department recognized 30 winners across the federal government with the 2016 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards. These annual awards highlight federal agencies' commitments and accomplishments in leading the nation toward more sustainable energy, water and vehicle fleet use and saving taxpayer money and reducing pollution.Through their innovative efforts, winners--including staff serving the U.S. Air Force, Army, Army Corps of Engineers, Defense Logistics Agency, Marine Corps, and Navy; the Departments of Commerce, Health and Human Services, Interior, and Veterans Affairs; the General Services and National Aeronautics and Space Administrations; and the Environmental Protection Agency--netted an energy savings equivalent to removing almost 48,000 cars from the road for one year or eliminating the average annual energy use from almost 24,000 households.
Dec. 8, 2016
This FEMP training series covers best practices to achieve high-performance, energy-efficient data centers, including maximizing savings through software and information technology efficiency, optimizing environmental conditions, and more.
Nov. 28, 2016
Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) 2017 will provide grants to federal agencies for projects in three topic areas: (1) Combined Heat and Power, (2) Renewable Energy and (3) Energy Efficiency Deep Retrofits. Applicants will be asked to show how the proposed project results are conducive to broader adoption at other Federal facilities, impacting the direction, strategy, and thinking of the agency to engage in similar efforts. The anticipated total funding level for AFFECT 2017 is $3.0 million, subject to appropriations, with anticipated funding per award to be between approximately $100,000 and $1.0 million. Letters of intent (LOI) are due by 22 December 2016, and full applications are due by 30 January 2017. Applicants must submit a LOI to be eligible to submit a full application. To apply to AFFECT 2017, applicants must register with and submit application materials through the EERE Exchange https://eere-exchange.energy.gov. Send direct questions regarding this FOA to FOA.AFFECT4@ee.doe.gov.
Nov. 14, 2016
A new version of the Building Life Cycle Cost (BLCC) software is now available for download. The latest BLCC, version 5.3-16, contains the following modules: FEMP Analysis, Energy Project; Federal Analysis, Financed Project Office of Management and Budget Analysis; MILCON Analysis, Energy Project; MILCON Analysis, Energy Conservation Investment Program Project; and MILCON Analysis, Non-Energy Project. BLCC conducts economic analyses by evaluating the relative cost effectiveness of alternative buildings and building-related systems or components. Typically, BLCC is used to evaluate alternative designs that have higher initial costs but lower operating costs over the project life than the lowest-initial-cost design. It is especially useful for evaluating the costs and benefits of energy and water conservation and renewable energy projects.
Nov. 2, 2016
Plug load energy--from computers to copiers to water coolers--represents a relatively untapped energy savings resource in commercial buildings. And unlike most types of loads like lighting, heating, and other end uses, plug load energy use is increasing nationwide. The energy efficiency industry needs to do more to both identify and quantify strategies for reducing plug load. Seventhwave, along with the Center for Energy and Environment and LHB, has completed a field research study to demonstrate and measure savings from potential plug load reduction strategies in office buildings. We also characterized the types of devices and baseline usage in those offices, and documented occupant acceptance, operational issues and the cost-effectiveness of reduction strategies. In this webinar, they will describe the results from our field study in detail. They will also lay out a number of actions that can be taken by building operators, designers, energy professionals and utility program professionals to combat this growing load.
Oct. 6, 2016
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the Department of Energy intends to issue, on behalf of the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) titled "Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) 2017." The FOA will provide grants to federal agencies for the following three topic areas: 1) Combined heat and power, 2) Renewable energy, and 3) Energy efficiency deep retrofits. EERE plans to issue the FOA in November or December 2016 via the EERE Exchange website. If applicants wish to receive official notifications and information from EERE regarding this FOA, they should register in EERE Exchange. When the FOA is released, applications will be accepted only through EERE Exchange. For more information, including application submission steps, see the notice of intent.
Sep. 29, 2016
U.S. General Services Administration's Green Proving Ground (GPG) program and the U.S. Department of Energy's High Impact Technology (HIT) Catalyst program have issued a joint Request for Information (RFI) seeking information on next-generation sustainable building technologies to measure and validate in select federal and commercial buildings. There will be a webinar about the RFI on 3 November 2016. To attend, register at https://goo.gl/aU6Wi4. To submit your technology, please complete the RFI by Friday, 18 November 2016 at 11:59 PM ET.
Sep. 27, 2016
This free online course provides a concise overview for procuring energy-efficient products and services, including actionable guidance as it applies throughout the contracting process.
Sep. 16, 2016
On September 7th, 2016, the White House launched a new tool to further sustainable purchasing and strengthen environmental stewardship requirements in Government acquisitions. The more than 10,000 federal users of GSA's Acquisition Gateway – a one-stop portal supporting Category Management that includes contract information by category, like pricing tools, best practices, and other information – will now see a new Green Check tag next to contract vehicles that are identified as sustainable and that advance Federal green purchasing goals. By integrating Green Check into the Acquisition Gateway, it will be easier for agencies to find and select contracts that meet aggressive energy standards and creating a more energy-efficient, climate-smart, and sustainable Federal supply chain.
Sep. 13, 2016
This webinar provides attendees with an overview of the contracting options and services available from their local utility companies to engineer, finance, and install cost-effective energy and water savings projects. Participants will walk through the steps of the typical project process from the audit phase to commissioning the equipment. The webinar introduces participants to utility energy service contracts (UESCs) and helps them determine if this alternative financing opportunity is right for them. It also provides them with information about a variety of no-cost resources available to them to support their UESC project efforts through the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program and the General Services Administration's area-wide contract program.
Sep. 8, 2016
The White House has announced the winners of the 2016 GreenGov Presidential Awards, honoring those who have gone above and beyond to implement innovative sustainability projects within the government. Senior Administration officials will recognize the 12 individuals and team winners September 8, 2016 in a ceremony at the White House. Winners include EPA, NASA, DHHS, VA, and USACE.
Aug. 17, 2016
Submit an abstract now for the IAFOR International Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment - Hawaii 2017. The conference will be held January 5 – 7, 2017. Conference themes include: Cultural Sustainability; Renewable Energy and Environmental Solutions; and a variety of topics under the theme Environmental Sustainability & Environmental Management. Abstracts are due 1 September 2016.
Aug. 2, 2016
The Initiative requires agencies to implement strategies to consolidate inefficient infrastructure, optimize existing facilities, improve security posture, achieve cost savings, and transition to more efficient infrastructure, such as cloud services and inter-agency shared services. As part of this process, agencies will be required to achieve five optimization targets that will dramatically improve the efficiency of Federal data centers. Agencies are also tasked to close and consolidate duplicative Federal data centers. Lastly, the initiative sets a goal of reducing annual costs associated with Federal data centers by at least 25 percent by the end of FY 2018.
Aug. 1, 2016
ASME Power & Energy brings together ASME Power Conference, ASME Energy Sustainability Conference, ASME Energy Storage Forum, ASME Fuel Cell Conference, ASME Nuclear Forum and the co-located International Conference on Power Engineering (ICOPE). ASME Power & Energy focuses on power generation and energy sustainability and showcases industry best practices, technical advances, development trends, research, and business strategies, presented by a broad range of qualified professionals.
Jul. 27, 2016
This new DOE report, "Hydropower Vision: A New Chapter for America's First Renewable Electricity Source," looks at the future of hydropower through 2050. According to the report, with continued technology advancements, innovative market mechanisms, and a focus on environmental sustainability, hydropower in the United States could grow from 101 gigawatts (GW) to nearly 150 GW of combined electricity generation and storage capacity by 2050. Achieving this growth would help advance America's low-carbon economy and leverage renewable energy sources.
Jun. 29, 2016
Every Wednesday at noon Eastern there will be a Portfolio Manager "Ask the Expert" session. It's a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA experts in an open forum. Want to talk to a "real" person? Have a question about how Portfolio Manager calculates your score? Want to learn more about entering Green Power? Join the webinar, and get all your questions about ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager answered in this public forum.
Jun. 29, 2016
With a good background on the basic functionality of EPA's ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® tool, learn about some advanced features including: using spreadsheet upload templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; creating custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.
Jun. 3, 2016
April 2016 version of the quarterly publication of "The Corps Environment" newsletter published by the USACE Environmental Community of Practice. The purpose of this newsletter is to provide information about USACE and Army environmental actions, issues, policies and technologies.
Apr. 22, 2016
The Department of Defense (DoD) has announced the winners of the 2016 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards. Each year since 1962, the Secretary of Defense has recognized individuals, teams, and installations for their outstanding achievements and innovative work protecting the environment while sustaining mission readiness. Military Services and Defense Agencies may submit one nomination for each of the nine award categories. A diverse panel of judges representing federal and state agencies, academia, and the private sector select the winners.
Apr. 5, 2016
Attendees will learn how to: navigate Portfolio Manager; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; and generate template performance reports to assess progress.
Mar. 31, 2016
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled "Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) 2016" in April or May 2016. No FOA Applications will be accepted through this Notice. The FOA will provide grants to federal agencies for establishing a program that provides an effective agency process to utilize the ENABLE Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) and subsequently applying the process to identified energy savings projects. The ENABLE contract is a streamlined ESPC for small sites that is limited to the following five types of energy conservation measures: lighting; water; controls for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC); replacement of HVAC equipment and solar photovoltaics (PV). EERE will issue the FOA via the EERE Exchange website. If Applicants wish to receive official notifications and information from EERE regarding this FOA, they should register in EERE Exchange. When the FOA is released, applications will be accepted only through EERE Exchange. For more information, including Application submission steps, please see the attached Notice of Intent.
Feb. 29, 2016
The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has issued a revised "Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings", per Executive Order 13693 "Planning for Federal Sustainability for the Next Decade." This guidance updates and replaces the "High Performance and Sustainable Buildings Guidance", issued by CEQ in December 2008 to:
  • reflect the evolution of sustainable building design, construction, and operating practices since 2008,
  • incorporate other building-related E.O. 13693 requirements,
  • increase the economic and environmental benefits of Federal investments in facilities,
  • enhance occupant health, wellness, and productivity,
  • include climate resilience in building design, construction, and operations, and protect Federal facilities investments from the potential impacts of climate change, and
  • provide information on tracking agency green building performance.
The revised guiding principles are located here and its companion guidance "Determining Compliance with the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings" is located here.
Feb. 1, 2016
DOE has awarded $2.85 million in funding for four projects that will advance the development of renewable energy technologies at facilities across the federal government. FEMP Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) funding will support two main technology areas: photovoltaic and biomass generation. Cost shared with industry, the total investment is nearly $75 million. For details, see the website.
Jan. 5, 2016
EPA and DOE have released the 2016 Fuel Economy Guide, which gives consumers important information about estimated fuel costs and mileage standards for model year 2016 vehicles.
Dec. 16, 2015
(WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2015) – In support of the Obama Administration's Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) jointly released the Biogas Opportunities Roadmap Progress Report today, updating the federal government's progress to reduce methane emissions through biogas systems since the Biogas Opportunities Roadmap was completed by the three agencies in July 2014. Today's report highlights actions taken, outlines challenges and opportunities, and identifies next steps to the growth of a robust biogas industry.
Dec. 1, 2015
This new analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration indicates U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from the consumption of fossil fuels were 5,406 million metric tons carbon dioxide in 2014, an increase of 1 percent from the 2013 level. U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions remain about 10% below the 2005 level.
Nov. 24, 2015
The GreenGov Presidential Awards celebrate extraordinary achievement in the pursuit of President Obama's Federal Sustainability goals. They honor Federal civilian and military personnel, agency teams, agency projects, facilities, and programs that exemplify President Obama's charge to lead by example.

On November 23, the White House announced eight awards in seven different categories to individuals and teams. These honorees exemplify our Federal workforce's commitment to meeting the President's directive to create a clean energy economy that will increase our Nation's prosperity, promote energy security, protect the interests of taxpayers, combat climate change, and safeguard the health of our environment.

Oct. 7, 2015
This training series covers the fundamentals of renewable energy systems, including primary components, requirements, and best practices for utilizing renewable energy for electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications at Federal facilities. Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) certificate series are groupings of eTraining core courses that allow learners to reach a higher level of expertise in certain series topic areas. Learners receive a certificate upon successfully completing all of the courses in a FEMP certificate series. They will also receive continuing education units from the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.
Oct. 7, 2015
This training series covers utility energy service contracts as a contracting vehicle to fund and implement energy efficiency measures at Federal facilities. Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) certificate series are groupings of eTraining core courses that allow learners to reach a higher level of expertise in certain series topic areas. Learners receive a certificate upon successfully completing all of the courses in a FEMP certificate series. They will also receive continuing education units from the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.
Oct. 7, 2015
This training series covers energy savings performance contracts as a contracting vehicle to fund and implement energy conservation measures and make energy improvements at Federal facilities. Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) certificate series are groupings of eTraining core courses that allow learners to reach a higher level of expertise in certain series topic areas. Learners receive a certificate upon successfully completing all of the courses in a FEMP certificate series. They will also receive continuing education units from the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.
Oct. 5, 2015
This version of the workbook must be used for comprehensive reporting of fiscal year (FY) 2015 energy, costs, square footage, and associated operational data. The data report is an Excel workbook that collects agency-aggregated data that are necessary for calculating scope 1, 2, and 3 greenhouse gas emissions in the commonly used native units of energy consumption and fugitive emissions, as well as activity data for estimating scope 3 indirect emissions. It provides users with the summation of their calculated emissions, as well as the performance results for other energy and sustainability goals. The Annual Greenhouse Gas and Sustainability Data Report for FY 2015 is due on 29 January 2016.
Oct. 5, 2015
President Obama has proclaimed October 2015 as Energy Action Month. This DOE website leads you to ideas and resources on how to celebrate Energy Action Month.
Sep. 21, 2015
This course provides experienced energy savings performance contracts (ESPC) practitioners with insight into gaining additional savings from ESPC projects. Course modules focus on four specific energy conservation measures (ECMs) that are underutilized in federal ESPCs due to common implementation barriers, such as savings-flow uncertainty or unevenness, baselining difficulties, and measurement and verification (M&V) process ambiguities. Featured ECMs include demand response, cogeneration/CHP, irrigation efficiency improvements, and retro-commissioning. After completing a course evaluation and multiple-choice assessment, participants will receive a certificate of completion and be eligible for continuing education units.
Sep. 17, 2015
This publication states that a Zero Energy Building is "an energy-efficient building where, on a source energy basis, the actual annual delivered energy is less than or equal to the on-site renewable exported energy." This definition also applies to campuses, portfolios, and communities. In addition to providing clarity across the industry, this new DOE publication provides important guidelines for measurement and implementation, specifically explaining how to utilize this definition for building projects.
Sep. 15, 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released QTR 2015 that describes the current energy landscape, the potential for improvement in systems and technologies, and a wide-ranging set of related research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) opportunities.
Aug. 24, 2015
Sponsored by FEMP, the Federal Energy and Water Management Awards recognize individuals, groups, and agencies for their outstanding contributions in the areas of energy efficiency, water conservation, and the use of advanced and renewable energy technologies at federal facilities.
Aug. 17, 2015
The new Submetering Wizard (https://sftool.gov/plan/submetering) enables the user to learn about submetering techniques and benefits as they relate to gas, water and electrical (circuit, system & end-use device) systems. The Agency Green Building Practices (https://sftool.gov/learn/10129/agency-practices) section is a detailed repository of education and information about policies, strategies, case studies and tools developed in the process of greening their buildings and shared with the Interagency Sustainability Working Group (ISWG).
Aug. 12, 2015
First presented in May 2015, this webinar uses of real world examples and an enhanced understanding of the design process to empower project managers and design team members to utilize energy modeling on their projects. From contract language to communications, the webinar will address the key components you need to understand in order to successfully incorporate energy modeling into the design process.
Aug. 11, 2015
(August 11, 2015) - According to two reports released today by the Energy Department, the U.S. wind energy industry continued growing at an impressive rate in 2014, further solidifying America's position as a global leader in wind energy. Wind power is a key component of the President's all-of-the-above energy strategy and Clean Power Plan to reduce climate-changing carbon pollution, diversify our energy economy, and boost America's economic competitiveness by bringing innovative technologies online. With rapidly increasing wind energy generation, fast-growing demand, and steadily decreasing wind energy prices--the lowest ever seen in the United States-- the U.S. wind energy market remains strong.
Aug. 3, 2015
Clean Cities Now is the official biannual newsletter of Clean Cities, an initiative designed to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector by advancing the use of alternative and renewable fuels, fuel economy improvements, idle-reduction measures, and new technologies, as they emerge.
Jul. 1, 2015
Continue to learn about EPA's ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as: editing property data; correcting and updating property use details; using the data quality checker; and sharing property data. Multiple dates available.
Jun. 30, 2015
July 2015 issue of the quarterly publication of "The Corps Environment" newsletter, published by the USACE Environmental Community of Practice. The purpose of this newsletter is to provide information about Corps environmental actions, issues, policies and technologies. Click here for the July 2015 edition.
Jun. 17, 2015
The 2015 symposium was the platform for releasing the new implementing instructions for EO 13693 as well as providing updates on numerous other sustainability efforts by Federal Agencies. See the website for a full list of presentations and speakers. The symposium was held on 10 June 2015 and hosted by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and George Washington University.
May. 29, 2015
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. General Services Administration, and the U.S. Navy Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam are all winners in the 2015 Advanced RTU Campaign. The estimated energy savings for all the winners combined total over 100,000,000 kWh and $10 Million per year from efficient RTU replacements, retrofits, and quality management.
May. 29, 2015
This course will: describe the most common energy efficiency measures specific to data centers; explain where different data center energy efficiency measures apply and don't apply; discuss the pros and cons associated with data center energy efficiency measures; and how to estimate the expected savings associated with data center energy efficiency measures.
May. 27, 2015
EO 13693 requires that monthly performance data for covered buildings be entered into Portfolio Manager. This website provides a series of PDF files and videos covering the ins and outs of ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager.
May. 26, 2015
This eTraining core course explains how Federal performance contracting mandates require agencies to evaluate their facilities, identify potential savings, and appropriately leverage private and public sector funding to invest in comprehensive projects. This course introduces learners to best practices for establishing partnerships with energy services companies (ESCOs) through energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) to meet this challenge.
May. 26, 2015
This webinar addresses the responsibilities of agency contracting and technical personnel for administering an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) task order during the post-acceptance performance period. It also discusses life-of-contract (LOC) services and training provided by the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) to agencies with ESPCs in the performance period. The purpose of LOC services is to help agencies maintain compliance and high value in their ESPC projects.
May. 4, 2015
Signed by President Obama on 30 April 2015, this act mandates the GSA Administrator develop model commercial leasing provisions and best practices to promote energy efficiency and water efficiency in Federal and other buildings. This act also amends the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
Apr. 17, 2015
Public Works Digest is an unofficial publication of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command, under AR 360-1, The Army Public Affairs Program. The April/May/June edition covers various environment and sustainability news and activities throughout the Army. See attachment.
Mar. 19, 2015
This is GSA's innovative green building learning simulation which is a part of GSA's SFTool. Green the Building places you in the role of a resource-constrained decision-maker, charged with greening buildings through strategic energy, waste, water and occupant satisfaction improvements. You must choose technologies, implement best-practices, support behavior changes and plan carefully to create buildings that conserve resources, reduce waste, save money and keep occupants happy and healthy. Need help? Don't worry! Embedded links connect you directly to the clear explanations you've come to expect from SFTool.
Mar. 4, 2015
Conference organizers are seeking well-documented applications of behavioral approaches in energy or climate policies and programs at individual, organizational, or community scales; new, relevant behavioral research findings; measured results; and best practices. They welcome approaches that are theoretical, empirical, narratives, modeling, case studies, or other approaches. Policies and programs that have demonstrated results in changing behavior are of particular interest, as well as thoughtful discussions of emerging policy or program issues, behavioral research methods, and selected novel or transformative ideas. The conference is October 18 - 21, 2015 in Sacramento, CA. Abstracts are due 1 April 2015. Conference organizers invite 250-word abstracts for formal oral presentations, with or without a full paper, short "lightning talks," and poster presentations. If you have an idea for a complete panel of speakers, you may also submit combined abstracts for a single panel. Abstracts may be considered independently of panels if panel is not accepted.
Jan. 22, 2015
DOE has partnered with industry to develop a Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) certificate training program to accelerate energy savings in the dynamic and energy-intensive marketplace of data centers.
Jan. 22, 2015
This eTraining core course covers sourcing and selecting cost-effective biomass energy technologies and common implementation considerations. Biomass energy technologies can help Federal sites meet agency goals and legislative mandates, improve energy security, and reduce environmental impact while efficiently providing electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications. This course is offered by FEMP.
Jan. 22, 2015
This eTraining core course covers sourcing and selecting cost-effective geothermal energy technologies and common implementation considerations. Geothermal energy technologies can help Federal sites meet agency goals and legislative mandates, improve energy security, and reduce environmental impact while efficiently providing electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications.
Jan. 22, 2015
This eTraining core course covers sourcing and selecting cost-effective hydropower and ocean energy technologies and common implementation considerations. Hydropower and ocean energy technologies can help Federal sites meet agency goals and legislative mandates, improve energy security, and reduce environmental impact while efficiently providing electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications.
Jan. 22, 2015
This eTraining core course addresses how increasing amounts of intermittent renewable energy generation can be controlled to realize energy cost savings and improve system reliability. Renewable energy technologies can help Federal sites meet agency goals and legislative mandates, improve energy security, and reduce environmental impact while efficiently providing electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications. This course will introduce learners to renewable energy system integration from the building to the utility level.
Jan. 22, 2015
This eTraining core course covers sourcing and selecting cost-effective photovoltaic (PV) and daylighting technologies and common implementation considerations. Solar energy technologies can help Federal sites meet agency goals and legislative mandates, improve energy security, and reduce environmental impact while efficiently providing electricity at life-cycle cost effective rates.
Jan. 22, 2015
This eTraining core course covers sourcing and selecting cost-effective solar thermal and concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies and common implementation considerations. Solar energy technologies can help Federal sites meet agency goals and legislative mandates, improve energy security, and reduce environmental impact while efficiently providing electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications.
Jan. 22, 2015
This eTraining core course covers sourcing and selecting cost-effective wind energy technologies and common implementation considerations. Wind energy technologies can help Federal sites meet agency goals and legislative mandates, improve energy security, and reduce environmental impact while efficiently providing electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications.
Jan. 7, 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) presents an updated series of training courses focused on the Guiding Principles for Federal Leadership in High-Performance and Sustainable Buildings.
Jan. 7, 2015
SERDP and ESTCP have launched a webinar series to promote the transfer of innovative, cost-effective and sustainable solutions developed through projects funded in five program areas. The webinar series targets Department of Defense and Department of Energy practitioners, the regulatory community and environmental researchers with the goal of providing cutting edge and practical information that is easily accessible at no cost. The 6th webinar in the series will be presented on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 12:00PM Eastern, entitled "DNAPL Source Zone Management Approaches." Register now!
Dec. 24, 2014
Roundup of the Department of Energy Environmental Management Office's significant accomplishments for 2014. See attached.
Dec. 19, 2014
Under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) was required to establish guidelines for agencies to meter their federal buildings for electricity. DOE issued the guidance in February 2006. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 subsequently established that each agency shall provide equivalent metering of natural gas and steam. See 42 U.S.C. § 8253(e). By the close of FY 2013, federal agencies collectively reported installing 96% of electricity, 96% of natural gas, and 69% of steam meters at buildings the agencies deemed appropriate.

The Presidential Memorandum, Federal Leadership on Energy Management (Dec. 5, 2013) reemphasized the requirements for installing electricity, natural gas, and steam meters, and provided an additional requirement for installing water meters. The memorandum directed the DOE Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) to revise the metering guidance and include definitions for "cost effective" and "appropriate" (for determining where meters should be installed).

"Federal Building Metering Guidance (per 42 USC 8253(e) Metering of Energy Use) November 2014 Update" supersedes the February 2006 Guidance. The updated Guidance is now published on the FEMP website, with a direct link to the download page here.

Dec. 2, 2014
FINAL REMINDER - ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT TO PARTICIPATE! The White House is launching the second GreenGov Challenge! If you're a federal employee, share your idea on how the federal government can lead by example in eight different categories -- from climate change mitigation and resilience, to water conservation, to waste reduction. Submissions are open until 5 December 2014. After the submission period closes, GreenGov will release the approved submissions and all federal employees will be able to vote for their favorite ideas.
Nov. 18, 2014
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has offered a right-of-way (ROW) grant to Deepwater Wind Block Island Transmission System, LLC (Deepwater Wind) for the Block Island Transmission System (BITS). The transmission system will serve two purposes: 1) connect Deepwater Wind's proposed 30 megawatt (MW) Block Island Wind Farm, located in Rhode Island state waters about 2.5 nautical miles southeast of Block Island, to the Rhode Island mainland; and 2) transmit power from the existing onshore transmission grid on the mainland to Block Island. The ROW corridor, which is about eight nautical miles long and 200 feet wide, comprises the portion of the transmission line that crosses federal waters.
Nov. 12, 2014
This FEMP course will provide an overview of the current status of LED technology as it relates to maturing applications, cautions, control options, and tools and resources to federal facility managers who make informed decisions.
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