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Federal Green Challenge


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FGC Energy Goals

Relative to your baseline:

  • Reduce electricity, natural gas, and/or fuel oil used per year by 5% or more
  • Increase renewable energy use by 5% or more

Energy Efficiency


Equipment Upgrades and Settings

Fact: Typical exit signs lit with 15-watt incandescent bulbs costs about $30 per year to operate and need replacement each year. LED exit signs cost about $5 a year to operate and can last up to 25 years without replacement.


Fan Systems

Ventilation Systems

Building Envelope Upgrades

Heating and Cooling


  • Save energy and fight climate change with Energy Star qualified products.  They use less energy, save money, and help protect the environment.
  • Get rebates on the purchase of your Energy Star products.

Renewable Energy

  • Purchase renewable electricity or renewable energy certificates (RECs). Learn more in the Guide to Purchasing Green Power.
  • Think about installing a renewable energy system at your building, like solar arrays or a wind turbine. Check out how to install renewable energy systems.
  • Identify state and federal rebates, and incentives for renewables and efficiency with the DSIRE database.
  • Design and install on-site renewable technologies



Case Studies (Success Stories)

  • the U.S. General Services Administration's Chicago Federal Center reduced its natural gas use by 25 percent,
  • the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, Illinois, reduced its energy consumption by 15 percent in one year,
  • Joint Base Lewis McChord in Tacoma, Washington saves .5 kWh of electricity of per square foot, 1.95 million BTU of fossil fuels per 1,000 square feet, and 0.162 gallons of water per square foot,
  • installation of solar water heating systems at Chickasaw National Recreation Area supplies almost 37,000 kWh per year of energy.

Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Trainings

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