On October 9, 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance. The purpose of the order was “to establish an integrated strategy towards sustainability in the Federal Government and to make reduction of greenhouse gas emissions a priority for Federal agencies.” The order also required:
The Executive Order also set a number of energy, water, and waste reduction targets for agencies to meet, including:
- 30% reduction in vehicle fleet petroleum use by 2020;
- 26% improvement in water efficiency by 2020;
- 50% recycling and waste diversion by 2015;
- 95% of all applicable contracts will meet sustainability requirements;
- Implementation of the 2030 net-zero-energy building requirement.
So, how much progress have federal government agencies made in on these goals since the order was signed? Quite a bit, actually.
Federal agency strategic sustainability performance plans are available for perusal on the White House Council for Environmental Quality web site. The White House also launched the GreenGov Challenge, which generated more than 5,000 ideas and 165,000 votes from 14,000 federal employees. The GreenGov Environmental Challenge Final Report is available here.
For more information on federal government environmental efforts, check out FedCenter.org, particularly the Sustainability section.
A nationally known speaker on Sustainability and a panel of experts discussing energy savings programs will be featured in an upcoming seminar. The sustainability seminar will be Thursday, October 28 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign, IL. The seminar is sponsored by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC). Continue reading “Free Seminar to Precede Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Awards”
Dr. Tim Lindsey is leaving the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) to take another job with the University of Illinois. Dr. Lindsey has been an Associate Director of ISTC and head of the Technical Assistance Program.
He now will be the Director of Energy and Sustainable Business Programs at the U of I – Business Innovation Services (BIS). He will lead the State’s Green Jobs Initiative and will also direct the State’s efforts to create a stronger local foods industry. Business Innovation Services (BIS) provides customized consulting and training services, as well as public workshops and certificate programs.
“It has been a pleasure to work with Tim,” said Dr. Manohar Kulkarni, PE; Director of ISTC. “Tim is an innovator; passionate about pollution prevention; and a gentleman. While his daily presence at the center will certainly be missed, I hope to work with Tim on collaborative projects in his new role. On behalf of the scientists and staff of ISTC, I wish Dr. Lindsey a roaring success in his future endeavors.”
Lindsey recently received a P2 Champion award from the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable. He has been at ISTC since 1991 and has directed the program that included work in pollution prevention, green business, energy efficiency, alternative energy, carbon foot-printing, water foot-printing, environmental cost analysis, life cycle analysis, and systems engineering. He is best known for his pioneering work in developing Accelerated Diffusion of Pollution Prevention Technologies (ADOP2T), a model for technology diffusion that speeds the transfer of better environmental technologies and processes from the bench to the plant floor. Lindsey is the driving force behind the Sustainable Electronics Initiative, and has been the leader in ISTC’s effort to promote and improve biofuels. In recent years, Lindsey has applied his expertise and passion to address sustainability problems in Haiti. He has worked with local farmers and non-government organizations to set up biodiesel processors and to train Haitians in harvesting a suitable crop like Jatropha, processing it, and operating reactors to produce a quality bio-fuel.
Lindsey was previously employed at Exxon and worked as an environmental consultant. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Environmental Science from Southern Illinois University and his Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois.
We offer Tim our congratulations and best wishes. Those of us at ISTC will greatly miss him!
The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) at the University of Minnesota is seeking a Program Director to provide technical outreach and program oversight. MnTAP is an outreach and assistance program helps Minnesota businesses develop and implement solutions that prevent pollution at the source, maximize efficient use of resources, and reduce energy use and cost. The director will be responsible for developing programs to meet business’ needs, pursing funding opportunities for program activities, collaborating with multiple in-state and national programs, managing staff, and providing technical assistance to businesses within one or two manufacturing sectors. Candidates must have a master’s degree or equivalent experience in a technical field; 8-10 years of experience in program development, budgeting, and project management; and excellent communication skills. To apply, visit employment.umn.edu, click “Search Postings,” and search for job posting #168670.
After 25 years of leading the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP)‘s efforts to assist Minnesota businesses and help improve the environment, MnTAP Director Cindy McComas is retiring at the end of the year. Cindy started at MnTAP a few months after the organization was founded and was named director shortly after joining the program. Upon her retirement, she is looking forward to pursuing new adventures, continuing to teach a pollution prevention course at the University of Minnesota, and spending more time with her family.
We offer Cindy our best wishes for her retirement, and hope she knows that many of her colleagues throughout the region will miss her!