Update: Nearly 2,800 ideas for greening the federal government have been submitted so far through the White House’s GreenGov Challenge. Those ideas have been voted on more than 93,000 times since voting began Oct. 19.
Federal employees and military service members have until Saturday to make their suggestions and cast their votes.
Original post: Think you have a great idea for how the government can reduce its environmental footprint? The Obama administration wants to know it.
The White House is challenging federal civilian employees and military service members to come up with ways in which the government can get to green in six key areas: reducing carbon emissions, conserving energy, conserving water, eliminating waste, building sustainable facilities and purchasing sustainable products.
From now until Oct. 31, employees can log onto the new GreenGov website and post their ideas. They can also vote on ideas submitted by other employees.
The most popular ideas in each area will be presented next month to a committee of senior officials from each agency who are charged with meeting the goals laid out earlier this month in President Barack Obama’s executive order on greening the government’s operations.