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White House seeking green ideas from Feds

By Ed O'Keefe

Updated 12:32 p.m. ET

As if soliciting their cost-savings ideas wasn't enough, the White House now wants federal employees to pitch proposals on how to make the federal government more environmentally sustainable.

The GreenGov Challenge starts Monday and continues through Oct. 31. Run by the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the online contest asks federal workers to suggest ways the government can reduce its environmental footprint. Only federal employees can register for the challenge and submit their ideas, which other participants can vote on using Google Moderator technology. The top ideas will be considered by a senior government officials working on agency sustainability plans. (More details in the video above, starring Nancy Sutley, chairwoman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.)

The White House announced the contest earlier this month when President Obama signed an executive order requiring federal agencies to set 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets by the end of the year.

The GreenGov Challenge is similar to the Office of Management and Budget's Save Award, which received 38,484 submissions for cost-savings ideas from federal employees, according to an agency official. The winner will be announced next month and gets his or her idea included in Obama's proposed FY 2011 budget.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 19, 2009; 10:50 AM ET
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How about solar collectors on the roof of the White House? The very first thing Ronald Regan did as president was to tear down the ones Jimmy Carter had installed.

Posted by: cbivitz | October 19, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

I agree with making the White House the "Green" example for the rest of the government and the nation.

In this speech at the FIRST "Green Job" graduation in Washington DC, the vision of reinstalling solar power to the White House is laid out to the graduates.

Three things can happen if the weatherization and solar installation is performed partly by low-income residents of Washington DC.

White House provideds a tangible "Green" example for the rest of the government.

This will help increase the national market for energy effeciency measures.

This will show suburbia that it's ok to employ new green job graduates from the inner city to do the work.

Mainstream American should then say....

"If they're good enough for the White House, then they're good enough for my house"

Posted by: philipeoneal | October 20, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

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