What Obama's New Order Means for Green Buildings, Green IT

By Matthew Wheeland in Reuters, October 7 2009

President Obama's Executive Order 13514 lays out significant green goals for the entire U.S. goverment. In the next 90 days, all federal agencies must set emissions reductions goals for 2020.

The Executive Order (PDF) is intended to jumpstart a transition to a clean energy economy as climate change legislation moves through Congress, saving taxpayers a substantial amount of money in the process. The impact of the order promises to be huge, considering the Federal government's sheer size: It occupies nearly 500,000 buildings and operates more than 600,000 vehicles.

Another key component of the Executive Order -- a green procurement policy to cover 95 percent of new contracts and acquisitions -- will also carry a lot of weight due to the government's mammoth buying power, which exceeds more than a half trillion dollars spent on goods and services annually.

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