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Four Agencies Sign Up for GSA ‘Total Workplace’ Real Estate Program; Dan Tangherlini, Charles Hardy Comment

The General Services Administration has launched a new program to provide virtual resources to federal organizations that seek to decrease their real estate footprint. Total Workplace is an initiative that seeks to reduce the number of government facilities and foster collaborations between agencies, GSA said Thursday. Four government agencies have …

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US, EU, China in Solar Energy Talks

The U.S. has started negotiations with the European Union and China over a resolution to disagreements over solar trade, Reuters reported Thursday. Doug Palmer writes Mike Froman, international economic affairs adviser to the president, supports a global agreement to reconcile issues related to solar energy trade. Froman spoke to the …

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Former EPA Head Lisa Jackson Joins Apple

Lisa Jackson, who left her post as U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief earlier this year, has joined Apple as vice president for environmental initiatives, the San Jose Mercury News reported Wednesday. Dana Hull writes Jackson said in an official statement that Apple aims to remove toxins in products and use …

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Panel Recommends LEED System to Measure Building Sustainability; Kevin Kampschroer Comments

An advisory panel has recommended the federal government adopt the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design system as the primary standard for measuring federal buildings’ sustainability, Federal News Radio reports. Jason Miller writes the General Services Administration has required a LEED Gold certification for all new government construction projects since …

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