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  • brennan.conaway
    Attention industry partners selling energy-efficient products!
     
     
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  • Jeff Manthos
    GSA is updating the environmental icons used on GSAAdvantage! and Global Supply to align with the new sustainable purchasing requirements of Executive Order 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, issued in 2015. GSA intends to make the following revisions to the icons and wants your input!The following icons are being added to GSAAdvantage! and Global Supply platforms:
     
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  • Professor Cherivtch
      What are your suggestions to make the GSA Sustainability Forum more effective and user friendly? 
     
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    Last Activity: 12/2/2014 7:22 PM
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    Deshawn Nunez
    I assume in the 21st century people are wanting to interact with government just like how they interact ona daily (online and on the go) accessible. Fearly easy to comprehend. SOmething that catches their attention. We should leverage a startup of...Read More
    cakvistad
    The blog itself should be easier to access and more noticiable on the GSA homepage. The banne image on the blog could possibly be changed to something more eye catching, and perhaps simplistic. The page could be cleaned up (so to speak) by minimizing the...Read More
    GSAMaven
    More eye appealing logo, provide a link to frequently asked questions, as well as visibly provide an area where the audience can interact e.g. updates, audience comments, etc
    Rebe Stein
    The government is doing a good job with the blog itelf, but they should make it more popular in social media, because this is a really good way for the US citizens or anyone that wants to comment their opinion and interact with the government  about...Read More
  • Professor Cherivtch
      What is “green washing” and how can consumers know for sure that the products they buy and consume are really sustainable?  
     
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    Last Activity: 11/20/2014 2:23 PM
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    PYoo
    "Greenwashing" is defined by the act of companies publicizing their practices or products as environmentally friendly. As the term greenwashing dervies from the term "whitewashing", it also carries negative connotation that is...Read More
    darnold
    Greenwashing also occurs when a company focuses on one or two aspects of a product or the manufacturing process but other aspects of the product or the manufacturing process can still be harmful to human health or the environment.
    cakvistad
    Greenwashing is best described as disinformation disseminated by organizations to present an environmentally responsible public image. 
    James Schmelzer
    I challenge everyone to also take a broader look how green washing can create confusion for consumers.For instance, everyone agrees that compact fluorescent light bulbs are a "green" product?Maybe.Indeed, they use less energy than an...Read More
    Peter Cholakis
    Discussion and understanding of  “greenwashing”, just like “bimwashing”, is a complex undertaking. Let’s start with “greenwashing”.Do most organizations, at a fundamental level, engage in greenwashing?...Read More
  • Professor Cherivtch
    How can the government benefit from the public sector's efforts to go green? 
     
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    Last Activity: 11/17/2014 4:03 PM
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    PYoo
    The government can set up "green" projects that many people can take part in. With people coming together for a specific purpose it is possible that they will be opened up to other goals, methods of living, and ways of thinking. Many citizens...Read More
    Deshawn Nunez
    The government can benefit because money can be saved and also reducing costs and improving occupant comfort and productivity can be and will be beneficial
    evywilder
    The government can benefit from the public sector's efforts to go green by many things. These things include a upsurge in public transit riders who are concerned with the pollution of cars, an increase in ride sharing to decrease the amount of...Read More
    darnold
    The federal government has been benefitting in many ways, ranging from reduced operating expenses when we use energy efficient and water efficient products, reduced fuel costs when we use alternative fuel vehicles, and reduced waste disposal costs.
    darnold
    More on my posting -- Federal agencies have also found products that are safer for our employees and the surrounding communities. On a more national scale, our purchase and use of green products has helped to create and sustain markets for recyclable...Read More
  • Professor Cherivtch
     What sustainability topics/issues are you most unclear about and would like more information/education on so you can become a more responsible steward of our planet’s resources?
     
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    Last Activity: 10/27/2014 12:38 PM
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    Rebe Stein
    We are concerned about the recycling process, We all know what recycle means, but there are different points that we still don't understand. First, with who do we need to talk to start a recycling program in our communities, other than separating the...Read More
    PYoo
       For someone who is new to the "green movement" I think what needs to be made more clear is "What the actual issues are". From my perspective, the green movement isn't one to be taken lightly, but isn't necessarily...Read More
    James Schmelzer
    PYoo,Thank you for your post.You commented that "you think what needs to be made more clear is what the actual issues are".This is a great question because sustainability is really not a "green movement" anymore, at least not in...Read More
    Deshawn Nunez
    I believe GSA should innovate or promote more easy ways of green initiative. How about starting at grade schools and make it a project for the students and give off a pizza party or what not for their help. Then take it to High Schools and then Colleges...Read More
    darnold
    Hi Deshawn. Keep America Beautiful, among others, has been doing what you suggested in schools for many years.  Please contact your local KAB affiliate to see what programs they have in your area and how you can help.
  • Courtney.Ward
    What does "going green" mean to you and how can the government help create true awareness about the concept rather than generate superficial buzz around the term itself?
     
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    Last Activity: 10/27/2014 11:41 AM
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    TerriMason-MAF
    Being less dependent on paper products.  We have the ability to create digital copies in various programs, and yet we continue to print out originals to which we make copies so we can file them for a designated amount of time, only to shred them...Read More
  • mproul
    GSA’s Green Proving Ground (GPG) program is working to make our buildings more efficient and minimize resource consumption. GPG is proud to release the evaluation results for three innovative technologies: Daylight Harvesting Biomass Boiler Systems Condensing Boilers Please let us know some of the most innovative green building technologies you have seen.
     
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    Last Activity: 10/9/2014 11:53 AM
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    cwtesco
    Retro-Commissioning of existing buildings uncovers often over-looked wasted energy consumption. We have found outside air dampers improperly set to allow more CFM than building usage requires. thus requiring additional energy to heat and/or cool outside Read More
    cwtesco
    Retro-Commissioning also uncovers building pressurization problems that also requires additional energy consumption to cool outside air drawing through doors and windows.
    JudyBradt
    GSA HQ is cutting workstation energy consumption by 30% using the HiSaver surge protector (available on GSA Schedule). This power strip has a sensor attached, which senses when there is no human moving at the workstation, and shuts down peripherals after...Read More
    mproul
    This recent post on GSA's blog discussing the opening of the Puerto Rico passport office mentions some of the energy efficient building technologies being used:http://gsablogs.gsa.gov/gsablog/2014/09/24/energy-efficient-puerto-rico-u-s-passport-...Read More
    Bob Artem
    This company, Blue Penguin (bluepenguin.com), says they can reduce building energy consumption by 20% in 12 months and they offer a money back guarantee. They do this through collection and analysis of megadata in buildings. They've got an impressive...Read More
  • darnold
    From time to time, we receive inquiries about green purchasing training for contractors. Most of the training courses are designed for the federal contracting and program management community. However, as part of the Multiple Award Schedule series of webinars, GSA is offering training for contractors. Please monitor the announcements about the MAS webinars. Dana Arnold FAS Sustainability Lead
     
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    Last Activity: 8/8/2014 8:03 AM
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    Ruth Starr
    GSA needs to reach out to the IT community to find innovative ways to add green IT products to increase use of green IT products.
  • darnold
    Hi all. This Federal Energy Management Program-hosted webinar is free and open both to federal employees and contractors.
     
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    Last Activity: 6/6/2014 2:15 PM
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