President Obama re-doubles commitment to green stimulus

Posted on October 9th, 2009 by Phil in Why Not?

ObamaProgressBy Executive Order, President Obama this week extended the Federal government’s commitment to sustainable design and environmental performance for government facilities by setting sustainability goals for all Federal agencies. The Order set specific, although rather extended, milestones for achieving water savings as well as energy, waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

Most notable for the water and wastewater sectors are the water efficiency and Section 438 Stormwater provisions of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. It stipulates that all Federal facilities development or redevelopment projects involving “a footprint that exceeds 5,000 sq. ft shall use site planning, design, construction and maintenance strategies for the property to maintain or restore, to the maximum extent technically feasible, the predevelopment hydrology of the property” as it relates to stormwater flows and characteristics.

These are and will continue to be big drivers for water conservation and integrated harvesting and stormwater management strategies and systems. We’re excited to see the President, among his numerous other hot-button priorities, keep his focus on improving the environment and on creating economic drivers for techniques and technologies that will get us there. Moving forward!

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