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GSA Selects 4 Winning Teams on Earth Day Hackathon

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The General Services Administration hosted an event Friday to encourage multiple teams of government employees, students and industry professionals to develop eco-friendly technology ideas. The Earth Day Hackathon took place at GSA’s headquarters in Washington and drew 49 participants from the public and private sectors, the agency said Friday. GSA awarded $3,750 in cash prizes to the competition’s …

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GSA Unveils Real Estate Sustainability Practices Tool


The General Services Administration has introduced a new tool intended to help users identify and apply sustainable building practices in the design of workplaces. GSA said Wednesday the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings developed the Sustainable Facilities Tool website as an interactive tool that is meant to guide users on …

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EPA, DOE Release 2016 Energy Star Partners of the Year List

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Energy Department have released the list of awardees for the 2016 edition of Energy Star Partners of the Year. Both agencies have recognized 149 businesses from 35 states for its actions that worked to address energy-efficiency and environment protection, DOE said Tuesday. “Energy Star Partner of the …

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DOE Unveils $40M Clean Energy Initiative, Energy Materials Network


The Energy Department has launched a Solar National Laboratory initiative for clean energy called Energy Materials Network. The department said Wednesday EMN received $40 million in federal funds and was introduced at a White House event co-sponsored by DOE’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the White House National Economic …

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Energy Department Invests $32M in Solar Workforce Training, Power Collector Design; Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall Comments

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

The Energy Department has pumped $32 million into programs to train its solar energy workforce, develop a new solar power collector design and open public access to solar energy market datasets. Deputy Energy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall said Tuesday DOE intends for the workforce training program to grow the U.S. solar …

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DOE Pumps $2.3M into Clean Tech Lab-to-Market Effort; David Danielson Comments

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The Energy Department has invested $2.3 million in a program to transition clean energy technologies from national laboratories to the marketplace. DOE intends for the Lab-Corps initiative to provide market feedback to national lab researchers and train them to develop startup businesses, industry partnerships and licensing agreements, the department said Wednesday. “In support of the President’s …

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Oak Ridge Scientists Demo Wireless Vehicle Charging with 85% Efficiency


Scientists at the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have showcased a wireless charging unit that the lab says works at an 85-percent efficiency rate. DOE’s Allison Lantero wrote Thursday that 17 national labs are also exploring transportation technologies in an effort to improve air quality and minimize U.S. energy dependence on other countries. Researchers are developing …

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Energy Dept Announces First Data Centers to Join Better Buildings Challenge; Ernest Moniz Comments

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The Energy Department has announced the first batch of data center owners that join the government’s program to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent over the next 10 years. The partners have committed to install new information technology systems as part of the Better Buildings Challenge, the Energy Department said Tuesday. “Through the Better Buildings Challenge, public …

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