EPA Regional Programs



Nov. 25, 2015
Portfolio Manager® "Office Hours" is a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA experts in an open forum. There will be open Q&A for the first 15 minutes, followed by a short presentation on our focus topic for 35 or 40 minutes. The remaining time will be for open Q&A on any topic.
Nov. 25, 2015
Join us to learn about upcoming updates to the Portfolio Manager web services application programming interface (API) and associated schemas. These updates are set to go live in February 2016 (and available in the Beta Test environment starting December 7, 2015). During this session, EPA will provide details on the specific schema elements that are being added or changed.
Nov. 25, 2015
DOE is hosting a webinar to present the initial findings of its residential field study, which is investigating whether an investment in code education & training can produce a change in residential energy savings. The webinar will highlight the methodology, sampling and current status of the participating states. The potential savings associated with these activities will also be presented, which are of interest to government agencies, utilities and other entities.
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.

Nov. 19, 2015
This webinar will show FGC members how to report their facility achievements for FY15 using Re-TRAC Connect. The webinar will also review how to submit nominations for Regional and National FGC awards program.
Nov. 18, 2015
A new FEMP First Thursday seminar on E.O. 13693 developments, updates and opportunties is scheduled for Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 01:30-03:00PM Eastern Time. Learn about technologies, strategies, and best practices that DOE and other agencies are using to implement and fund Executive Order 13693 goals! Topics include clean energy, water, GHG reduction, electronics stewardship, sustainable acquisition, waste reduction, pollution prevention, environmental management, and more. Register for this training to: understand how Executive Order 13693 provisions differ from previous executive orders, learn about performance contracting, and other FEMP assistance available to meet E.O. 13693 goals, and discover interconnected and integrated ways to customize E.O 13693 implementation plans for your organization. Click here to read more and register.
Nov. 16, 2015
Have LEDs, high performance fluorescents and electronically ballasted ceramic metal halides made lighting controls obsolete when it comes to saving energy? While increasingly efficient lighting has diminished the energy saving impact of occupancy sensors, photo controls and advanced controls, there are benefits from these technologies that go beyond controlling the lights. Join us to discuss all the benefits of advanced lighting controls--when to use them and why.
Oct. 29, 2015
Plug and process loads become a larger piece of the building energy pie as the low hanging fruits of energy efficiency, such as lighting retrofits, are harvested. This webinar will include a discussion by NREL on simple low-cost and portable plug and process loads interventions. Stanford University will share its successes in creating a plug load inventory, analysis and action plan to reduce associated energy consumption. The General Services Administration will present one of its marquee projects of the federal government leading by example highlighting strategies for reducing plug and process loads in an historic zero energy building retrofit.
Oct. 22, 2015
This webinar will explain data center energy efficiency opportunities in an easy-to-understand manner, empower participants to spot ways to reduce energy costs in a data center or server room, and provide information on free resources that can be leveraged. Attendees will hear case studies from experts at IBM, SAP, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Energy and facilities managers, energy efficiency advocates, sustainability professionals, and IT managers will benefit from this important discussion.
Oct. 19, 2015
This site is a one-stop shop for finding energy- and water-efficient technologies and products that can help agencies meet federal facility goals and requirements. Find technologies and products by category or efficiency program, or use the Advanced Search to sort by program, topic, or campaigns and resources.
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. 29, 2015
This non-technical presentation on data center opportunities will: 1) Provide an overview of data center efficiency opportunities in an easy to understand manner; 2) Empower managers to identify opportunities; and 3) Describe resources available from ENERGY STAR. It should be attended by IT managers, energy managers, facilities, and energy efficiency advocates.
Sep. 29, 2015
Over the past decade, total data center energy use in the United States has almost quadrupled. Energy-efficiency program administrators can play a significant role in helping customers reduce data center energy use and demand. Based on the new ENERGY STAR guide on data center efficiency programs, this webinar will explore the energy saving opportunities available and share emerging practices for program design and implementation. Mark Bramfitt, former head of PG&E's data center efficiency program, will lead the presentation and be available to answer questions.
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. 24, 2015
This three-day workshop (8-hour days) educates attendees on how to implement energy and water projects through an energy savings performance contract (ESPC). The workshop consists of a basic introduction to the Department of Energy (DOE) IDIQ contracts and how to get started with an ESPC project at your site.
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. 23, 2015
Join the stakeholders and working groups building the foundation for a new Defense Energy Center of Excellence. The summit's focus will center on this proposed initiative and how to accelerate clean energy and infrastructure solutions for the DOD.
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. 28, 2015
For the past twenty-five years, this annual conference has helped to bring the environmental science community closer together by providing a forum to facilitate the exchange of information of technological advances, new scientific achievements, and the effectiveness of standing environmental regulation programs. The Annual AEHS Foundation Meeting and International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air offers attendees an opportunity to exchange findings, ideas, and recommendations in a professional setting. The strong and diverse technical program is customized each year to meet the changing needs of the environmental field. Platform and poster sessions feature research, case studies, and the presentation of new programs. Exhibitions augment the conference program and bring applied technology to attendees. Focused workshops provide attendees with practical information for immediate application. Daily socials provide networking opportunities and discussion.
May. 28, 2015
The presentation will 1) provide Federal requirements for exterior lighting (FEMP Designated levels), 2) provide an overview of the Lighting Energy in Parking (LEEP) Campaign resources for federal users and how to join the campaign, and 3) demonstrate how LED Lighting Facts for Federal Users can be used to identify LED exterior lighting products that meet FEMP designated levels and other performance parameters.
May. 27, 2015
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. 30, 2015
In 2014, more than 400 participating facilities, representing nearly 1.3 million federal employees, "walked the talk" in various target areas (Waste, Electronics, Purchasing, Water, Energy and/or Transportation) and reduced their environmental footprint, which in many cases also resulted in significant cost savings. Check out the website for a list of the facilities recognized for their outstanding efforts in 2014 to advance sustainability efforts and for their leadership in reducing the environmental footprint of federal government activities.
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. 18, 2015
The purpose of CATEE is to help communities improve decisions that determine the energy and water intensity of the built environment – and reduce related emissions.
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.
Nov. 3, 2014
On 31 October 2014 Federal agencies released their plans for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change impacts such as flooding, sea level rise, severe weather and temperature extremes. The current agency Climate Change Adaptation Plans build on the first set of plans, which was released in February, 2013, and respond to a November 2013 Executive Order on Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change that established requirements for updating and reporting on progress on agency Adaptation plans.
Oct. 23, 2014
On October 22, 2014, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced that it is on track to meet the Administration's 2020 renewable energy goal after awarding a competitive power supply contract to a commercial wind developer for the purchase of 140 megawatts (MW) of clean wind energy. The energy will come from the Walnut Ridge Wind Farm, which is currently in development in northwest Illinois, and will add more than 500,000 megawatt-hours (MWhs) of electricity to the power grid annually. The ten-year contract was awarded to MG2 Tribal Energy – a joint venture between the Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians, a federally-recognized Native American tribe, and Geronimo Energy, a commercial wind developer – and is the largest wind energy purchase from a single source in federal contracting history.
Sep. 24, 2014
DOE is funding nine projects that will advance the development of combined heat and power (CHP) and renewable energy technologies at facilities across the federal government and help meet energy efficiency, renewable energy, and greenhouse gas reduction goals. As the nation's largest single user of energy, the federal government is leading by example. These projects will reduce carbon emissions, while strengthening America's economic, energy, and environmental security. Projects are being implemented at NASA, Army, National Science Foundation, Agriculture, Justice, Interior, Air National Guard, and Transportation facilities.
Sep. 19, 2014
The site offers complete annual data sets of agency aggregated annual energy and water consumption and costs by end-use sector, efficiency investment information, and progress toward key goals outlined in the National Energy Conservation Policy Act, as amended; Energy Policy Act of 2005; and Executive Order 13514. Historical data tables of agency energy use and costs by facility and mobility sectors by energy type are also available for FY 1975 through FY 2013. Detailed annual comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories by federal agency are presented along with progress toward achieving scope 1 and 2 GHG and scope 3 GHG reduction targets. The data tables may also be filtered by numerous variables (agency, year, sector) and are exportable to Excel.
Sep. 4, 2014
In this FEMP course, students are introduced to the fundamentals of energy saving performance contracts (ESPC), an alternative financing vehicle that allows Federal agencies to complete energy-savings projects without up-front capital costs and special Congressional appropriations by partnering with an energy service company (ESCO). Learners will be introduced to ESPC basics, including key concepts, timelines, authorizing legislation, and stakeholder roles and responsibilities, as well of the five phases of the ESPC development process.
Sep. 3, 2014
Nominations for the Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards to be recognized in 2015 are due by March 2, 2015, using the guidance issued by the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations & Environment) on August 26, 2014. Each Military Service and Defense Agency may submit one nomination for each of the six Installation and three Individual/Team award categories listed in the guidance for accomplishments during the period October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2014. The Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards have honored individuals, teams, and installations for their outstanding achievements to improve the environmental performance of the Department of Defense each year since 1962. The call for 2015 nominations and other information on the Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards can be found at: http://www.denix.osd.mil/awards/index.cfm.
Aug. 19, 2014
This FEMP seminar will describe a step-by-step method to conduct an "energy efficiency expert evaluation"- a customized process to meet site-specific energy goals. This approach combines the most effective features of an energy audit and retro-commissioning, while avoiding the limitations of each.
Jul. 18, 2014
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a Green Infrastructure Collaborative with the support of six other government agencies at the President's State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. EPA joined with the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Department of Defense, and U.S. Department of Energy to release a Federal Letter of Support for green infrastructure and the Collaborative.
Jul. 14, 2014
FedCenter is now on Facebook! Become a fan and follow us on Facebook, where you'll find valuable information that you need to help meet your environmental stewardship and compliance obligations. To follow us on Facebook, go to https://facebook.com/fedcenter.
Jul. 7, 2014
This webcast will teach Federal energy and sustainability professionals how to use the ENERGY STAR measurement and tracking tool, Portfolio Manager, to help ensure compliance with the Guiding Principles for High Performance Sustainable Buildings required by Executive Orders 13423 and 13514. The focus is on the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Existing Buildings. The purpose, scope, and benefits of Portfolio Manager and the Guiding Principles Checklist will be discussed, and Federal professionals will come away with an understanding of relevant policy background and how to establish, share, use, and report data for compliance. Students will receive a brief introduction to the Guiding Principles requirements and recommended evidence of compliance. The webcast will also provide information on using Portfolio Manager to meet energy benchmarking requirements required under 42 USC §8253(f).
Jul. 7, 2014
The webinar provides a step-by-step approach to placing a utility energy service contract (UESC) task order under a U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Areawide Contract. The training focuses on developing skills related to the acquisition plan, preliminary audit and findings, feasibility study and project proposal, contract for construction, construction and installation, performance assurance and acceptance, post-construction and commissioning.
Jun. 27, 2014
As the nation's largest energy consumer, the federal government has a tremendous opportunity and clear responsibility to lead by example. It is the mission of the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) to assist federal agencies in meeting federal and agency-specific energy management objectives. As part of this mission, FEMP is sponsoring, planning, and implementing the Energy Exchange Training Event in August 2015.
Jun. 12, 2014
Renewable energy, leveraged from natural, renewable resources, delivers electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications to Federal facilities and fleets. This course focuses on the planning and implementation of distributed-scale renewable energy projects, those smaller than 10 megawatts. The course outlines a detailed 10-step process from technology screening to project closeout. Explored are online tools and resources available for the selection of cost-effective renewable energy projects on federal sites.
Jun. 5, 2014
GSA is planning on using Green Button technology to save energy and shrink costs across the federal government. The agency launched this initiative in partnership with industry leaders following a 2013 Presidential memorandum directing federal agencies to strengthen efforts to use renewable energy and manage energy usage more efficiently and effectively.
Jun. 5, 2014
Launched by the Department of Energy (DoE), NGDS is an online open-source platform that facilitates the discovery and use of geothermal data, enabling researchers to speed geothermal energy development. This online tool will allow academia and industry to access quantifiable, technical data in digital format. The goal of the NGDS is to accelerate research and development in order to drive down the cost and improve the accuracy of subsurface exploration, while also encouraging investment in geothermal energy production. The public data platform encompasses thousands of databases, geologic maps, and reports, drawing from millions of digitized records that were previously unavailable. This can aid discovery of new data on geologic features, faults, seismicity, heat flow, geochemistry, drilling, and temperatures at various depths and in specific geographic areas.
May. 29, 2014
New water components have been added to the Federal Green Challenge. Now it includes the goal of decreasing stormwater runoff from existing sites by 5% or more annually and a section focusing on reducing the use of federal funds to purchase bottled water. Launched in October 2011, the Challenge is a national effort led by EPA's Sustainable Materials Management Program that challenges federal agencies to lead by example to reduce the federal government's environmental impact. Participating agencies will benefit from the new water components. Effective stormwater management through the use of green infrastructure practices may result in: improved energy, efficiency, and improved site aesthetics. Since green infrastructure techniques may be less expensive than conventional stormwater management approaches, there may also be cost savings.
May. 29, 2014
Registrants will learn how to utilize life cycle cost analysis (LCCA) to improve Federal economic-based decision making, determine the total cost of ownership of project alternatives, and make informed decisions on energy and water efficiency investments. In addition, participants will apply key requirements and supplemental economic measures to federal investment decisions such as those for individual and interdependent building system acquisitions for new construction and major renovations.
May. 22, 2014
EPA is recognizing federal facilities for their efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of facilities across the country. As part of the Federal Green Challenge (FGC), more than 400 federal facilities representing nearly 1.6 million federal employees are leading by example by taking steps to reduce the federal government's environmental impact in 2013, resulting in an estimated cost savings of more than $42 million to U.S. taxpayers. This year's Overall Achievement winner is The National Benefits Center, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Lee's Summit, Mo. Additional winners by target areas include DOE, DOD, and DOI facilities.
May. 6, 2014
EPA has recognized six federal agency offices in California with its prestigious Federal Green Challenge (FGC) program award for reducing their operations' environmental impacts. Honored entities are: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Pacific Southwest Lab, Naval Base Coronado, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Pacific Rim Region, U.S. Forest Service Region 5, and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.
Apr. 29, 2014
This FEMP 1.5 hour course covers the best known methods for reducing the energy-intensity of data centers by utilizing server-virtualization, optimizing the temperature within the data center, selecting energy-efficient cooling options, how to arrange server racks and aisles and many other efficiency opportunities. It emphasizes the need for server administrators to work with, rather than independent of facility operators.
Apr. 29, 2014
This FEMP 1.5 hour course addresses the six areas that are most responsible for energy waste in laboratories including the air handling systems and fume hoods and provides numerous suggestions for reducing energy use.
Mar. 27, 2014
These awards will recognize the energy and water conservation achievements and programs of individuals, small groups, and garrisons and will provide an added incentive to further reduce energy and water consumption. Current award categories are: Energy efficiency and energy management; Innovation and new technology; Renewable energy; Alternative financing; Water conservation; and Energy program effectiveness.
Mar. 26, 2014
These annual competitive awards recognize outstanding commitments and achievements in the green power marketplace. EPA's Partner Awards (formerly Purchaser Awards) recognize leading Green Power Partners and Communities that have helped further the green power market through their green power purchase or use of on-site renewable energy applications, overall green power strategy, and impact on the green power market. EPA's Supplier Awards highlight the accomplishments of green power suppliers (utilities, retail suppliers, Renewable Energy Certificate marketers, and renewable energy project developers) that are leaders in the voluntary renewable energy market.
Mar. 12, 2014
FEMP's annual Better Buildings Federal Award challenges agencies to achieve the greatest reduction in annual energy intensity, or energy consumed per gross square foot. This year, FEMP will recognize the highest-performing federal government building that participates in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2014 Battle of the Buildings national competition. FEMP strongly encourages agencies to participate in this exciting annual EPA competition, which uses Portfolio Manager to measure, track, and report buildings' monthly energy consumption. If you have any questions, please contact the Energy Star HelpDesk.
Feb. 11, 2014
Each year, FEMP, in conjunction with the Federal Interagency Energy Management Task Force, sponsors the Federal Energy and Water Management Awards to honor outstanding Federal agency achievements in energy, water, and fleet management. The nomination period is now open and will close on 25 April 2014. Please note that there are changes to this year's Criteria and Guidelines for nominations. FEMP is also offering a one-hour informational Webinar on February 27 and March 18 that will provide an overview of the 2014 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards criteria and eligibility requirements, as well as tips on how to prepare nomination narratives.
Feb. 10, 2014
Today's final rule amends the energy conservation standards that currently apply to certain external power supplies and establishes new energy conservation standards for other external power supplies that are currently not required to meet such standards. Through its analysis, DOE has determined that these changes satisfy EPCA's requirements that any new and amended energy conservation standards for these products result in the significant conservation of energy and be both technologically feasible and economically justified. The effective date of this rule is 11 April 2014. Compliance with the new and amended standards established for EPSs in today's final rule is 10 February 2016. POC is Mr. Jeremy Dommu, U.S. DOE, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Office, EE-5B, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Tel: 202-586-9870. Email: battery_chargers_and_external_power_supplies@ee.doe.gov (Federal Register; 10 February 2014 [Rules and Regulations], pages 7845-7932).
Feb. 10, 2014
DOE is adopting more-stringent energy conservation standards for MHLFs. It has determined that the new and amended energy conservation standards for this equipment would result in significant conservation of energy, and are technologically feasible and economically justified. The effective date of this rule is 11 April 2014. POC is Ms. Lucy deButts, U.S. DOE, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Program, EE-2J, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Tel: 202-287-1604. Email: metal_halide_lamp_fixtures@ee.doe.gov (Federal Register; 10 February 2014 [Rules and Regulations], pages 7745-7844).
Jan. 28, 2014
January edition of the Defense Operational Energy Highlights newsletter, published by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs. This month's newsletter includes:
  • ASD Burke Talks Arctic, Climate and Energy on Fed News Radio
  • Marine Corps Releases Tactical Energy Harvesting, Waste Heat RFI
  • OEPP Partners with Georgia Tech, National Labs to support FOB's
  • The Quadrennial Energy Review is Under Way!
  • 2013 revision to Joint Publication 4-0 Codifies "Operational Energy"
  • Tri-Agency Letter Advocates for Competitive Biofuels Industry
  • Travels with ASD Burke: Port Harcourt and Abuja, Nigeria
  • Tweet of the Month
Read more.
Jan. 22, 2014
The Apps for Energy II contest, which is the second contest in the year-long American Energy Data Challenge, will encourage contestants to leverage ideas developed during the American Energy Data Challenge's first contest, and to use open data sources. As part of the contest, the Energy Department will host a series of "hackathons" in four cities to create venues where people can brainstorm, collaborate, and begin creating apps that use publicly-available data to solve problems. The hackathons will be in Washington, D.C., January 24-25; San Diego, California, January 31-February 1; Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, February 7-8; and Boston, Massachusetts, Feb. 15-16. Contestants will be eligible to win prizes at the events and by submitting their apps for judging as part of the nationwide contest.
Jan. 15, 2014
This FEMP training was developed for Federal energy management and contracting/acquisition personnel seeking advanced skills in executing UESC contracting, including letters of interest, justification and approval requirements, preliminary assessments, feasibility studies, performance assurance, and project execution and closeout. FEMP Core Courses are designed for Federal energy and facility managers, but are open to all individuals. Courses are hosted in partnership with the National Institute of Building Sciences Whole Building Design Guide.
Dec. 30, 2013
Each year, the U.S. EPA Region 2 honors individuals, businesses and organizations that have contributed significantly to improving the environment and protecting public health in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight federally recognized Indian Nations. The period for the awards is 2013 and nominations are due no later than 18 Feb 2014.
Dec. 23, 2013
More than 3,200 facilities, including federal facilities, are competing to win the EPA's 2013 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition. Check out who is competing and who is winning at this time.
Dec. 17, 2013
The Energy Department has announced that the General Services Administration's (GSA) United States Court House in Wichita, Kansas is the winner of the 2013 Better Buildings Federal Award. The Better Buildings Federal Award challenges agencies to achieve the greatest reduction in annual energy intensity, or energy consumed per gross square foot. This year's winner cut its energy intensity by 20% and saved over $40,000 in utility costs in the 12 month competition period.
Dec. 6, 2013
On 5 December 2013 President Obama issued a new renewable energy goal of 20 percent by 2020. The memorandum further details priority actions, directions on accounting for renewable energy, and building performance and energy management.
Dec. 3, 2013
(Washington, D.C. - December 3, 2013) Building on $2 billion in financing commitments from the private sector for energy efficiency updates to commercial buildings under the president's Better Buildings Challenge, the U.S. Departments of Energy and Housing and Urban Development today expanded the Challenge to multifamily housing such as apartments and condominiums and launched the Better Buildings Accelerators to support state- and local government-led efforts to cut energy waste and eliminate market and technical barriers to greater building efficiency. The Obama Administration also announced it will challenge federal agencies to further expand their use of performance- based contracts through 2016 to upgrade the energy efficiency of federal buildings at no cost to taxpayers--helping the federal government save money and further reduce energy use.
Nov. 21, 2013
FEMP has announced its expansion of the ESPC ENABLE program to include two new energy conservation measures (ECMs): solar photovoltaic (PV) and simple one-for-one HVAC system replacement (small building systems). This expansion will allow small, Federal facilities the opportunity to further upgrade their sites, while still following the streamlined ESPC ENABLE process.
Nov. 18, 2013
Finalized in November 2013, this slide deck from EPA provides training for Federal procurement of computer desktops, notebooks, integrated systems, thin clients, workstations, displays, televisions, printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines, multifunction devices, digital duplicators and mailing machines that meet the requirements of the IEEE standards.
Nov. 7, 2013
Offered by FEMP, the 3-h course provides Federal Facility and Energy Managers with the knowledge and competencies to contract for the design and installation a Building Automation System (BAS) in an existing Federal facility, including the ability to apply General Services Administration (GSA) Smart Building Standards into the goal setting process and design objectives. Learners will explore how to use Building Automation Systems to integrate existing HVAC, lighting, and other systems using normalized data and open communications protocols. The course details a process to set specific performance goals for the BAS, design the BAS to meet the established performance goals, and develop Requests for Proposals for both BAS design and installation. The course also discusses how to maximize the effectiveness of installed BAS to improve building energy efficiency, operations and maintenance, indoor environmental quality, and safety and security.
Nov. 6, 2013
(November 6, 2013) The Federal Energy Management Program today recognized 25 winners across the Federal Government as recipients of the 2013 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards. These annual awards highlight Federal agencies' commitments to lead the nation in implementing efficiency measures to improve energy, water and vehicle fleet management that save taxpayer money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The awards were presented by Dr. Timothy Unruh, FEMP Director, and Mike Carr, Principal Deputy Secretary for DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, with remarks from the Honorable Dennis V. McGinn, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations & Environment). Read more about the winners on FEMP's Awards website.
Nov. 6, 2013
The U.S. EPA recognized two federal facilities with the ENERGY STAR Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Award for their highly-efficient CHP systems, which increase the reliability of their electricity supply while reducing carbon pollution that causes climate change. The awards, which demonstrate how federal agencies are reducing carbon pollution in support of the President's Climate Action Plan. The winners were the Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany, Albany, Ga and the National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
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