On June 10, 2015, the GW Sustainability Collaborative partnered with the White House Council on Environmental Qualityto organize and host the 2015 GreenGov Symposium to highlight the federal government's sustainability achievements and discuss strategies and practices that can help meet the aggressive new environmental targets contained in President Obama's March 2015 Executive Order 13693. With responsibility for over 360,000 buildings, 650,000 vehicles, and spending $445 billion spent each year on good and services, the federal government can utilize sustainability practices to significantly reduce pollution and save money, as well as help launch new markets and set an example for the larger U.S. economy.
Over 50 federal department and agency representatives attended the day-long event, hearing from such top government leaders as EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, White House Council on Environmental Quality Managing Director Christy Goldfuss, and Federal Chief Sustainability Officer Kate Brandt.
GW Solar Institute Director Amit Ronen moderated the kickoff panel entitled "The Clean Dream: Achieving 30% Clean Energy by 2025", which focused on one of the key requirements of Executive Order 13693 that every Executive Branch agency ensure that at least 30 percent of the total amount of building electric energy consumed by 2025 is renewable electric energy. To meet that goal, the federal government will essentially have to triple its current renewables energy use within a decade, although agency specific clean energy use rates differ significantly. Director Ronen led an engaging and informative panel consisted of several key government and business leaders including:
- Tim Unruh, Director, Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), U.S. Department of Energy
- Beth Viola, Senior Policy Advisor, Holland & Knight
- John Kliem, Deputy Director, Secretary of the Navy’s Renewable Energy Program Office
- Shawn Heath, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Duke Energy
Click here to view a video of the panel discussion and audience questions.
Also visit our article on the Greengov Dialogue to learn about a roundtable of experts from the solar industry as well as federal managers looking to utilize power purchase agreements.