White House seeking green ideas from Feds
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.
| October 19, 2009; 10:50 AM ET
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