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Federal agencies release plans to slash greenhouse emissions

By Lisa Rein
Lisa Rein

By The Post's Lisa Rein

The Pentagon says it will build energy-efficient weapons systems and the Navy will build a carrier strike group of nuclear ships powered by biofuel. The Army Corps of Engineers is putting solar panels on nine dams in California, and the Department of Homeland Security will include rain gardens and other green landscaping around the headquarters under construction on the grounds of the former St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

These are some of the strategies to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions that 56 federal agencies will implement in the next decade, according to a list released by the White House Thursday.

The plans, submitted by agencies from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to the National Archives and Records Administration, detail how each will slash energy use to reach President Obama’s goal of a reducing emissions by 28 percent by 2020.

The agency plans follow an executive order the president released last fall targeting the nation’s single-largest energy consumer, the federal government.

By Lisa Rein  | September 9, 2010; 4:21 PM ET
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments  
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