The Obameter

Reduce energy consumption in federal buildings

"Will make the federal government a leader in the green building market, achieving a 40 percent increase in efficiency in all new federal buildings within five years and ensuring that all new federal buildings are zero-emissions by 2025. They will invest in cost-effective retrofits to achieve a 25 percent increase in efficiency of existing federal buildings within 5 years. The Obama-Biden plan will put forward the resources necessary to achieve a 15 percent reduction in federal energy consumption by 2015."


Green building initiative gets funding

Making buildings more energy efficient doesn't come cheap.

The economic stimulus bill Obama signed into law on Feb. 17, 2009, includes at least $4.5 billion to turn federal buildings into "high-performance green buildings." That money could go to big-ticket items like new heating and cooling systems, or lesser items like improved insulation and more energy-efficient lighting.

Obama's budget outline for 2010 mentions additional funding for green buildings, though it doesn't specify an amount. More money will be allocated to help federal buildings meet a "25 percent energy efficiency improvement goal by 2013." More details on the budget are expected to be released in the coming months.

The money in the stimulus and the budget outline indicate to us that this promise is on Obama's radar. It will take years to see if the efficiency goals will be met, but for now there is enough action to rate it In the Works.


Office of Budget and Management, Budget Documents for Fiscal Year 2010 , Feb. 26, 2009

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 , accessed Feb. 26, 2009