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. 11, 2014
REMINDER: This webinar provides 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 to achieve better scores. This workshop is intended for Federal employees and contractors assisting Federal staff in submitting award nominations for the 2014 awards cycle. A second iteration of this webinar will be presented 18 March 2014.
Feb. 11, 2014
This webinar provides 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 to achieve better scores. This workshop is intended for Federal employees and contractors assisting Federal staff in submitting award nominations for the 2014 awards cycle.
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.
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. 5, 2013
(WASHINGTON, D.C., November 5, 2013) The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) today announced the fourth annual winners of the GreenGov Presidential Awards, which honor Federal civilian and military personnel as well as agency teams, facilities, and programs that have taken innovative steps to reduce energy use and carbon pollution, curb waste, and save taxpayer money in Federal agency operations. At a White House ceremony, senior Administration officials recognized the eight award winners for exemplifying President Obama's charge to lead by example and demonstrating extraordinary achievement in the pursuit of the President's 2009 Executive Order on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance (Executive Order 13514). Click here
for the full announcement.UPDATE Nov. 18
: 2013 winner announcement with photo gallery is now available here
Nov. 4, 2013
The Council on Environmental Quality and Office of the Federal Environmental Executive are pleased to announce that the 2013 GreenGov Presidential Awards will be live-cast on Tuesday, November 5th, at 4:30pm EST. These awards recognize extraordinary Federal achievement toward meeting the goals of President Obama's Executive Order 13514 on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance.
Sep. 6, 2013
This webinar offered by FEMP provides an overview of the Guiding Principles (GP) for protecting and conserving water for existing high-performance sustainable buildings.
Aug. 15, 2013
The Army has released the Net Zero Pilot Installation Initiative Progress Report for 2012, containing information useful to implementing Net Zero. The Army now plans to issue a policy this year that will expand the Net Zero Initiative to all permanent Army installations. The report details the new Net Zero hierarchies and implementation strategies. It also contains information about installation collaboration, outreach and behavior and awareness campaigns that are being conducted.
Jul. 22, 2013
These instructions, dated 10 July 2013, establish guidelines for accounting for Federal water uses as well as measurement and verification methods, and offer strategies for water conservation and reuse. They also provide instructions for prioritizing projects and direct agencies to pursue the most beneficial and cost-effective opportunities first.
Jul. 15, 2013
FedCenter has compiled a topical index of Federally-sponsored and non-profit mobile applications that may be of interest to the Federal environmental community. Mobile applications are those tools and information resources that have been specifically developed for your mobile devices, such as smartphone, tablet, or other Internet-connected hand-held device. The directory will be maintained daily to keep you abreast of any new and useful mobile applications the federal community releases.
May. 21, 2013
In April 2013, EPA announced the winners of the Federal Green Challenge. Nationally during FY12, nearly 300 participating agencies, representing over 500,000 federal employees, "walked the walk" to reduce their environmental footprint. The result was an estimated cost savings of more than $32 million to U.S. taxpayers. For details on winners and specific locations, see the website
May. 13, 2013
Sponsored in part by the American Water Works Association, this conference presents solutions for balancing the benefits of conservation with the costs, managing infrastructure, developing robust supply models and watershed management plans, water reuse, resource management, green infrastructure and more.
Feb. 7, 2013
(WASHINGTON, D.C., February 7, 2013) – Continuing the Obama Administration's commitment to lead by example and cut waste, pollution, and costs in Federal operations, Federal agencies today released their 2012 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans. President Obama signed Executive Order 13514 on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance in October 2009, setting aggressive targets for reducing waste and pollution in Federal operations by 2020. The Sustainability Plans build on three years of progress under the Executive Order and provide an overview of how agencies are saving taxpayer dollars, reducing carbon emissions, cutting waste, and saving energy.
Nov. 8, 2012
Learn how to manage the water assessment process to save resources and operating costs and comply with Federal mandates: Plan and/or manage a water assessment at a Federal site; Develop a water balance using information such as utility bills and metered data; Manage walk-through surveys of building plumbing fixtures, laboratory equipment, cooling towers, and irrigation; Develop a plan for improving water efficiency using key survey findings; Identify and prioritize water efficient technologies; Contract for water management services. This course is offered by FEMP.
Nov. 7, 2012
This report is the most recent in a series of GAO reports examining the nexus between energy and water. The report looks at the vast amounts of water used by the U.S. in energy production, from cooling thermoelectric power plants to the growth of feedstocks for biofuel production to oil and gas extraction. It also examines how water and energy are inextricably linked in the treatment of drinking water and wastewater. The GAO report noted several factors likely to affect future supply and demand for both energy and water, including climate change, population growth, and demographic shifts.
Oct. 4, 2012
This DOE document, dated September 2012, provides specific guidance to agencies on the implementation and follow-up of energy and water efficiency measures identified and undertaken per Section 432 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) (42 U.S.C. 8253(f)(4) and (5)) This guidance also provides context for how these activities fit into the comprehensive approach to facility energy and water management outlined by the statute and incorporates by reference previous DOE guidance released for Section 432 of EISA and other related documents.
Oct. 2, 2012
The 2012 water reuse guidelines update and build on EPA's previous reuse guidelines issued in 2004, incorporating information on water reuse that has been developed since the 2004 document was issued. In addition to summarizing U.S. existing regulations, the document includes water reuse practices outside of the U.S., case studies, information on planning for future water reuse systems, and information on indirect potable reuse and industrial reuse. Disinfection and treatment technologies, emerging contaminants, and public involvement and acceptance are also discussed.
Jul. 12, 2011
By user request, FedCenter has added a new topic to its program area lineup - Water Efficiency
. This area provides tools, techniques, and approaches federal environmental managers and facility managers can use for improving water use efficiency for both potable and non-potable water resources. Stop back often for updates, or, if you are a FedCenter member, subscribe to receive e-mail notifications of new information posted to this topic area through our daily newsletter service.