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    Spring 1998
                                    Conservation
                                                   News
Conservation News is a quarterly publication of EPA's Facilities Management and Services Division (FMSD) Conservation Information
Clearinghouse. FMSD establishedthe Clearinghouse as a focal point for collecting and disseminating information about pollution prevention
and energy and water conservation to serve all EPA facilities. The newsletter is intended to educate, inform, and help EPA staff involved in
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                                                 Recognition Week (PSRW), a national campaign involving
                                                 U.S. government employees in more than 1,000 cities.  Our
                                                 participation in PSRW highlighted many of the Agency's
                                                 high-profile projects.

                                                 Elsewhere at the facilities, we're conducting energy audits
                                                 to identify potential energy-saving projects, such as our
                                                 March assessment of the Duluth, Minnesota, laboratory.
                                                 The energy-saving activities at the Andrew W. Breidenbach
                                                 Environmental Research Center may have components
                                                 transferable to other facilities.  And the events listed in this
                                                 issue's Calendar may provide just the training you are
                                                 looking for to help implement energy-efficient measures at
                                                 your facility.

                                                 We're forging partnerships to attain common goals in
                                                 preventing pollution and saving energy  and we're seeing
                                                 that the Agency employees are picking up more on these
                                                 initiatives. /
 AGENCY FORGES PARTNERSHIPS FOR
 COMMON GOALS

 by Phil Wirdzek, FMSD

 At a recent international meeting on solar power, EPA
 Administrator Carol Browner noted the important role that
 partnerships have played in protetting the environment and
 strengthening the economy. Partnerships that lead the pack
 and invest in renewable technologies will reduce our
 dependence on fossil fuels, and in turn will reduce polluting
 emissions and save precious natural resources. EPA is
 already participating in and seeking out opportunities to
 collaborate with other interests, resulting in savings in
 facility utility bills and in innovative approaches to address
 common challenges in preventing pollution.  This issue of
 Conservation News highlights a handful of these joint
 ventures.

 Our partnership with the Department of Energy's (DOE's)
 "You Have the Power Campaign" gives EPA an opportunity
 to recognize individuals or groups bringing about energy-
 efficient changes not just at Headquarters, but throughout
 the Regions. We recently selected 1998 energy
 "champions" to recognize some of these impressive efforts.
 We help organize and participate in public conferences to
 network with other federal agencies and government
 organizations, the private sector, and the community to
 exchange ideas and success stories. For example, in May,
EPA Headquarters participated in Public Service
                                                                  P2 Update

                                                    We are in the process of collecting facility-specific
                                                     pollution prevention plans and waste prevention
                                                     and recycling surveys. This information reflects
                                                   each facility's pollution prevention efforts and goals
                                                      and is used to track Agency-wide progress in
                                                   prevention pollution. Thanks to all of you who have
                                                        sent in your facility's plan and survey!
                                                     For those of you still developing your plans and
                                                      completing your surveys, please send them to
                                                  p2group@epamail.epa.gov, or Phil Wirdzek (MC3204)
                                                        at EPA Headquarters, Waterside Mall.
                                                     U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
                                                     Region 5, Library (PL-12J)
                                                     77 West Jackson Boulevard. 12tti Ftoor
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                     Partnerships and
                 Information Exchange
ENERGY EFFICIENCY WORKSHOP
SPOTLIGHTS LABORATORIES

On May 5-7, 1998, EPA and DOE co-sponsored the second
annual "Laboratories for the 21st Century" workshop in
Berkeley, California. The conference was well attended by
representatives from federal agencies, engineering and
design firms, and energy services companies.  The desired
outcomes of the workshop were varied, with the common
interest to gain a better understanding of energy efficiency
and applicability of energy-efficient design and technologies
within laboratory environments.

Don Prowler, Professor of Architecture at the University of
Pennsylvania and Princeton University, set the tone of the
workshop by reconfirming the fundamental issues and goals
of sustainability, complemented by the concept of an
integrated laboratory design. Discussions on barriers to
energy efficiency and the use of renewable technologies
raised very pertinent problems that laboratories face when
trying to incorporate energy efficiency into their operations.
Challenges include ensuring compliance with safety and
health regulations while overcoming barriers such as
expensive energy, lack of senior management champion,
pre-set construction budgets, risk aversion, inflexibility,
least first cost, misinterpretation, preconceived notions, and
lack of metering.  These barriers were further discussed
during each module of the workshop.

Dale Sartor and Geoffrey Bell from DOE's Lawrence
Berkeley's National Laboratory (LBNL) presented the
process by which to approach laboratory retrofits and new
construction. They distributed DOE's "Guide for Energy-
Efficient Research Laboratories," on a disk, to each
participant as a tool for evaluating energy efficiency
projects.  The software, which can be downloaded from the
Internet (http://eande.lbl.gov/CBS/Ateam/R-LabDG/),
provides comprehensive information on right-sizing, direct
digital controls, supply systems, exhaust systems,
distribution systems, lighting systems, and commissioning.

Frank Kutlak, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH),
is currently in the process of building a 250,000-square-foot
laboratory in Bethesda, Maryland. Mr. Kutlak provided in-
depth knowledge of overcoming barriers, identifying energy
efficiency opportunities in a laboratory environment while
maintaining the integrity  of science and ensuring occupant
satisfaction. Several drawings of the building were
presented in order to demonstrate how to maximize
efficiency through design and the use of energy-efficient
equipment throughout the facility.

Steve Eirschele, PE, from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer
Center in Seattle, Washington, presented its new research
facility which received R&D Magazines' "Laboratory of the
Year" award for 1993. The facility received an energy
smart design award by saving over 30 percent of the
predicted energy consumption. Mr. Eirschele provided key
points in the design and post-construction phases for the
projects.  Energy conservation measures for the Center's
newest facility, the Thomas Clinical Research Building,
were also presented. Mr. Eirschele estimates the Center
saves nearly $400,000 each year on energy conservation
measures, most of which have payback periods of less than
seven years.

Renewable opportunities were presented by Nancy Carlisle,
from DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL),
and Don Prowler.  Several types of technologies were
discussed for application in laboratories, including biomass,
cogeneration, day-lighting, geothermal (ground source) heat
pumps, photovoltaics, solar ventilation preheating, solar
water heating, and wind.  The most notable case study with
renewable technologies was given by Otto Van Geet, DOE
NREL, who presented DOE's Solar Energy Research
Facility, in Golden, Colorado.

The workshop also addressed financing for energy-efficient
designs and technologies. Participants questioned, "What
happens when the utilities are deregulated?" and "How can I
find financing support?" and "How do I maximize the
savings opportunities in order to make a project attractive
for an investor?" Energy-efficiency opportunities in
laboratory buildings were addressed by Chuck Goldman,
LBNL, "Utility Restructuring and Opportunities for
Institutional Customers"; Mike Holda, LBNL, "Alternative
Financing and Super Energy Savings Performance Contracts
(ESPCs)"; and Phil Wirdzek, EPA, "The Environmental
Protection Agency's Ann Arbor, Michigan, Laboratory - An
ESPC Case Study."

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 The workshop ended with a discussion of design integration,
 "green" design, and environmentally conscious design.
 EPA's Energy Star Buildings Program solicited comments
 for criteria that could be used in developing an Energy Star
 label for laboratories. The label would distinguish energy-
 efficient laboratories from conventional, energy-intensive
 design and operation. Several ideas were discussed and
 participants expressed interest in working to develop such a
 label. Attendees left with ideas for potential projects,
 answers to common questions, points of contact for
 reference, and a better understanding of energy efficiency
 and applicability of energy-efficient design and technologies
 within laboratory environments. /

 BROWNER ADDRESSES SOLTECH '98

 EPA Administrator Carol Browner touted the benefits of
 solar energy recently at Soltech '98, the annual conference
 of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the
 Utility Photovoltaic Group (UPVG), and the Interstate
 Renewable Energy Council (IREC).  The conference, co-
 sponsored by EPA, met in Orlando, Florida, from April 25-
 30.  Among other things, attendees learned about
 deregulation in the electric industry, discussed the
 environmental and economic advantages of solar power,
 and received an update on the Clinton administration's
 Million Solar Roofs Initiative (see the Fall 1997 issue of
 Conservation News for a summary of the initiative). In her
 speech, Administrator Browner discussed the role the solar
 industry may play in environmental protection and
 economic growth. Excerpts from her speech are provided
 below.

 "...Renewable energy is not only about protecting the
 environment.  It is about good business, plain and simple.
 The fledgling solar industry of the 1970s has truly begun to
 shine in the 1990s. When we talk solar today, we're talking
 big time and fast-growing.... The renewables business
 proves what the President says:  environmental protection
 and economic progress go hand-in-hand.... To make
 progress, we are counting on what has long made this
 country great - our creativity, innovation, our ingenuity....
 And we are forging partnerships - between industries,
 governments, and communities - partnerships that get the
job done....

 "More than 2,000 of the world's experts on the global
 environment have told us there is ample evidence that, for
 the first time in history, pollution from human activities is
 changing the Earth's climate. Modern industrial activity -
particularly the burning of fossil fuels - is filling the
atmosphere with carbon dioxide and other 'greenhouse
gases,' which trap the sun's heat and cause the steady,
gradual wanning of the Earth's  surface temperatures.
...Today, two-thirds of our electricity comes from fossil-
fuel-fired power plants.... If we are to effectively deal with
global wanning - as well as provide the American people
 with clean, safe, healthy air - this country must use fossil
 fuel more efficiently, and renewable energy more
 frequently....

 "Addressing global wanning is not about ratcheting down
 our economy.  It is about investing in new technologies that
 make our industries more efficient, more profitable - and
 cleaner in the process. It is about developing America's
 technological leadership - the kind that you, and other
 environmental technology industries, demonstrate every
 day....

 "Over the past five years, we have proved that you can have
 strong environmental protection and still have robust
 economic growth and prosperity. When it comes to global
 warming, we can do it again: building partnerships between
 governments, communities, and industries - including the
 solar industry - to get the job done." /
                Point your web browser to
       *"       http://www.epa.gov/solar for
                information on EPA's solar-related
     activities, guidance documents, and links to fact
     sheets and solar programs.  The site also describes
     solar activities at EPA facilities and gives national
     and regional contact information.
 EPA MOVES FORWARD WITH "POWER"

 As part of its participation with the DOE-sponsored "You
 Have the Power" campaign, each year EPA selects energy
 "champions"  federal employees who are doing
 extraordinary things to save energy and'money. This year,
 seven EPA employees have been recognized for supporting
 the Agency's energy program and the national goals of
 conservation and environmental protection.

 This year's champions are from Headquarters, Region 4,
 and Region 5. Stephanie James, a mechanical engineer, was
 honored for her work to incorporate energy-efficient
 elements into the design of the new EPA Environmental
 Science Center in'Fort Meade, Maryland. Clay Peacher, a
 facility manager in Region 4, was honored for incorporating
 renewable technologies and initiating a geothermal study at
 the National Health and Environmental Effects Research
 Laboratory in Gulf Breeze, Florida. A team composed of
 Steve Dorer, Dick Lawrence, Lance Swanhorst, and Bill
Wise was honored for working together to safely improve
laboratories while dramatically saving energy, costs, and
resources by implementing EPA's first energy savings
performance contract at the National Vehicle and Fuel
Emissions Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Posters of

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the champions with a note of their accomplishments have
been produced as part of the campaign, and can soon be
found on the Internet at http://www.eren.doe.gov/femp/yhtp/
champs.html.

The campaign assists energy managers in increasing
awareness about pollution and energy-efficient practices and
products. In addition to posters of the champions, a 20-foot
x 30-foot "You Have the Power" banner, "Save Energy"
posters, and handouts with energy saving tips are available.
All of the materials will be rotated to EPA facilities to
promote energy conservation and awareness within the
Agency and facilities. For more information on the
campaign or to download artwork featured on posters and
banners, visit the campaign's web site (http://
www.eren.doe.gov/femp/yhtp). /


EPA'S OA PARTICIPATES IN PUBLIC
SERVICE RECOGNITION WEEK

On May 7-10,1998, EPA's Office of Administration (OA)
joined U.S. government employees in more than 1,000 cities
and military bases around the world in celebrating the
fifteenth annual Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW).
This year's theme, "Public Employees...Working for You,
Working for America," focused attention on the men and
women who  serve our country as  public employees, and the
events helped educate the public on the nature and
effectiveness of government service.

EPA set up booths as part of the PSRW exhibit in
Washington, DC, on the National Mall.  OA's booth
included our "You Have the Power" banner, which was
used as a backdrop; a model of the new Fort Meade
Environmental Science Center in Fort Meade,  Maryland;
posters of various OA/OARM activities; documents and
brochures detailing the OA pollution prevention program;
pollution prevention and Energy Star business cards; and
three computers showing the OA  web page and a sample
spreadsheet used to track energy consumption. Television
monitors showed videos on recycling and composting, new
features of the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina
and the Columbus Center in Maryland, and work underway
at EPA facilities under energy savings performance
contracts.  The booth displayed posters on pollution
prevention, energy conservation, "You Have the Power"
champions, and EPA's metropolitan transportation program.

In addition to OA, the Offices of Water and Education
represented EPA. Other Executive Branch agencies and the
military also participated in the Mall displays, and further
activities took place in the pavilion in front of the Capitol.
PSRW is one way agencies can build partnerships with
other governmental organizations. For more information,
contact the Public Employees Roundtable at (202) 401-
4344. /
                 Spotlight on Facilities
DULUTH ENERGY AUDIT REVEALS
POTENTIAL FOR SAVINGS

On March 23-25,1998, EPA organized an energy audit and
initial assessment of its laboratory in Duluth, Minnesota.
Assisting in the audit were Xenergy, Inc., which viewed the
facility based on the Energy Star Buildings concept, and
Booz-Allen & Hamilton, which looked at the facility in
terms of energy savings and awareness opportunities in line
with the Agency's National Energy and Water Conservation
Program.
               Duluth Facility Overview
      The 91,000-square-foot laboratory includes a
      main laboratory building, an annex, and a storage
      shed.
      The facility is located approximately 300 feet
      from Lake Superior.
      The facility uses electric cooling and duel fuel
      heating (EPA utilizes an interruptible natural gas
      rate, and switches to oil when the gas supply is
      interrupted).
      In FY97, the total utility bills were $109,880
      (2,432,853 kWh) for electricity, 574,044
      (215,620 ccf) for natural gas, and $5,790 (7,620
      gallons) of oil.
      Oil consumption was limited to short periods hi
      December and January of each year when gas
      supply was interrupted.
Xenergy is generating an energy baseline model using
information recorded during the visit. It will develop
recommendations for energy savings measures such as
variable air .volume supply air, variable spend drives, solar
ventilation preheating, and more efficient equipment, based
on the five stages of the Energy Star Buildings program.
Other opportunities EPA may consider include:

   Wind energy. The facility is located on the western
    shore of Lake Superior, and winds from the northeast
    can be very strong at times. Since most of the electric-
    ity consumption is a baseline load (does not vary much
    from season to season), most of the electricity costs can
    be eliminated using wind turbines. The turbines would
    have to be placed to  fully capture the magnitude of the
    winds off of the lake winds.

   Photovoltaics.  The potential of using solar radiance to
    generate electricity is based on unblocked sunlight and
    large, flat spaces above the tree line. The lab in Duluth

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    presents a good opportunity since there is open space
    on the roof of the main laboratory far from surrounding
    trees. Photovoltaic (PV) cells could also be used to
    offset some of the baseline electricity consumption.
    The monthly demand rate is about $7.70/kW and the
    consumption rate is about $0.03/kWh. Historically, the
    monthly demand charge accounts for about 33% of
    each month's electric bill.  Since the peak demand time
    of day coincides with the highest sunlight incidence
    period, PV could offset much of the demand charges.

   Geothermal.  Lake water is currently being used to
    handle most of the cooling load in the summer. Since
    much of the energy consumption at the facility is for
    winter heating, it makes sense to use lake water for pre-
    heating air during the very cold winter months as well.
    It may be cost-effective to design a hybrid system using
    closed-loop ground-source heat exchangers for when
    the lake water temperature falls below the deep ground
    temperature (about 48F).

   On-demand water heating. The laboratory uses an old,
    inefficient boiler to provide water heating for fish tanks
    and lab experiments.  Water from this boiler at 114F is
    mixed with chilled water at 40F to provide water at 4
    temperatures (50F, 59F, 86F, and 95F). Replacing
    this boiler with a water heater that would provide hot
    water at the maximum necessary temperature (95 F)
    only when needed could save a significant amount of
    energy.

The Duluth facility energy manager Rod Booth has already
taken several steps towards reducing energy consumption.
In order to get large reductions in the annual consumption
on a square foot basis, facility-scale renewable energy
sources should be investigated, and winter gas consumption
should be a main focus. Xenergy's report assessing the cost
effectiveness of specific measures may be combined with
wind, solar, and geothermal opportunities to develop a  cost-
effective, integrated energy conservation project which will
maximize the reduction in energy consumption and energy-
related emissions. /
   Educate and inform the local citizens regarding what
    the public can do to protect and improve the
    environment

   Explain the mission and supporting research of GED
    using posters, displays and exhibits

   Identify GED as a marine, estuarine and near-coastal
    research facility, gathering information for the entire
    Gulf coast

   Establish GED as a community resource for seminars,
    guest speakers, and educational tours and field trips.

This year, we built on successes of our past years' events by
inviting even more schoolchildren (over 800) to view the
facility, and by expanding our exhibits. This year, we
celebrated Earth Day through the week of April 20,
culminating in an open house on Saturday, April 25, from
10-4 PM. Children from Dixon elementary school in
Pensacola, Florida (mainly minority children under-
represented in science), were particularly excited to examine
flora and fauna from the near-shore Gulf of Mexico that
were set up in more than 40 marine flow-through aquaria.
Both 4th and 5th grade students were eager to use the
dissecting microscopes  to view algae and zooplankton  a
first time experience for most of them. EPA staff on hand
took time to explain food web concepts and causes of
environmental degradation to the children and other visitors.
Trailered research vessels, sampling equipment and diving
gear were also on display, and helpful EPA staff offered
demonstrations and explanations to interested groups.

Adults and children alike enjoyed the informative exhibits.
Children are particularly drawn to the "petting zoo," a
1 -meter by 2-meter shallow table with grass shrimp,
starfish, seashells, and small crabs. Civic leaders, state and
local regulatory authorities and citizens enjoyed
participation in the Earth Day activities and look forward to
creating additional opportunities for interaction, as
evidenced by the letters, smiles and goodwill fostered at this
successful event. Additional information is available on our
web site (http://www.epa.gov/geaVearthday/earthlOO.hrm). /
 EARTH DAY AT GED BRINGS
 COMMUNITY TOGETHER

 by Clay Peacher, National Health and Environmental
 Effects Research Laboratory, Gulf Ecology Division,
 Pensacola, Florida

 In 1996, EPA's Gulf Ecology Division (GED) began
 opening its doors to celebrate Earth Day, showing the public
 who we are, what we do, and how we are working to protect
 the environment. The program was built around EPA
 volunteer efforts to reach the following goals:
                A high five goes out to Region 5
               i for its Earth Day activities. The
               ' Region's web page features Earth
               Day information, activities and
      energy saving tips under this year's Earth Day
      theme, "One Planet, In Our Care,
      Irreplaceable". To see how Region 5 is doing
      its part, visit http://www.epa.gov/region5/
      earthday.htm.

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 AWBERC SUCCESSES A MODEL FOR
 FACILITIES

 by Rhonda Hampton, Andrew W. Breidenbach
 Environmental Research Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

 Since the late 1980s, FMSD staff has made energy
 conservation a top priority at the U.S. EPA Andrew W.
 Breidenbach Environmental Research Center (AWBERC) in
 Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cincinnati staff takes great pride in
 the success of the energy conservation measures at
 AWBERC.

 The AWBERC is a 10-story laboratory and office facility
 (approximately 350,000 gross sq. ft.) constructed in the
 early 1970s. The facility has many unique features, one of
 the most important being a one-pass air HVAC system.
 This system heats or cools outside air, distributes it
 throughout the building, and then exhausts it directly to the
 atmosphere. No  conditioned air is recirculated. Although a
 necessary health  and safety feature, this requires a
 tremendous amount of heating and cooling energy - much
 more so than if the air were recirculated as it generally is in
 non-laboratory buildings.  The one-pass air system is the
 biggest component of the facility's energy consumption.

 Below is a brief description of the energy conservation
 projects which have been completed:

    Night Set Back.  One of the most effective energy-
    efficiency improvements we have implemented is night
    set-back of the HVAC system, when airflow rates are
    reduced during nighttime unoccupied hours. This
    allows us to save approximately half the heating,
    cooling, and  ventilation costs we would experience if
    we operated at full capacity around the clock.

   New HVAC Control System. A new Johnson Metasys
    control system was installed in 1995 to replace the
    original (early '70s) Honeywell system. This system
    monitors and controls the operation of all mechanical
    systems in the AWBERC facility. One of the energy
    conservation features of this system is the capability to
    program night set-back of the HVAC system.

   Green Lights. Although lighting energy consumption at
    AWBERC pales in comparison to that required by the
    HVAC system, we implemented a very successful
    Green Lights project at AWBERC in 1996. The entire
    facility (interior and exterior), was upgraded with
    energy-efficient lighting.  The project involved the
    installation of T-8 lamps, electronic ballasts, reflectors,
    timers on corridor fixtures, occupancy sensors in single
    offices; and the delamping of fixtures in offices and
    corridors. The project resulted in energy savings of
    approximately $5K/month, and the initial cost was
     reduced with an $80K rebate from the local utility.

    Absorption Chiller. A new high-pressure absorption
     chiller was installed in 1997 to supplement existing
     electric chiller capacity. The new chiller is 10 percent
     more efficient than the approximately 25-year-old
     machine it replaced.

    Elevator Modernization.  The five-passenger elevators
     were updated with new controls in 1997. The new,
     micro-processor based system is more efficient than the
     20-year-old system it replaced, the cars are dispatched
     more efficiently - the closest car is sent to answer the
     calls.  Although this project was not implemented
     solely for energy conservation, it resulted in improved
     energy efficiency for the building's elevators.

 In addition, several projects are in the planning stages and
 should be implemented during fiscal year 1998 (FY98) or
 FY99:

    HVAC Rebalance.  Under a current Building and
     Facilities (B&F) project, we are performing a complete
     building-wide rebalance of the HVAC system.  The
     original reason for doing this project was to reduce the
  .   face velocity of our 160 fume hoods from 100 feet per
     minute (fpm) down to 80 fpm full open. In the course
     of completing this project, we sealed approximately 900
     mechanical access doors in the building, and we sealed
     some supply duct leakage. In short, we are doing a
     thorough "tune up" of our HVAC system, ensuring it is
     operating at peak efficiency. This project also will
     eliminate the introduction of unconditioned, humid air,
     and the amount of outside air infiltration, saving energy
     by reducing the need to overcool/reheat for
     dehumidification.

     Chiller Replacement.  The AWBERC facility is getting
     two new centrifugal chillers to replace the original
     (early '70s) chillers. The original chillers were rated at
     a full-load efficiency of 0.78 kW/ton, and the new
     chillers are rated at 0.62 kW/ton. The new chillers are
     also much more efficient at partial  load.

    Boiler  Controls.  New boiler controls will automatically
     set the most efficient burn rate, saving on fuel
     consumption.  The new design will incorporate an
     economizer cycle, further reducing fuel consumption.

Other projects to be completed in the next two years include
replacing the elevator motor-generators with state of the art
technology (Silieone Controlled Rectifier Drives), replacing
the rear entrance with a revolving door, and caulking
windows to replace worn weather sealing.  Some other ideas
for energy conservation, which will be implemented when
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ventilation for AWBERC and the adjacent 6,000-square-
foot Research Containment Facility, parking lot lighting
upgrades, additional occupancy sensors, a small summer
boiler, cooling tower upgrades, and boiler stack heat
recovery. Anyone interested in obtaining additional
information regarding any of these projects can contact
Rhonda Hampton at (513) 569-7270. /
                      Conservation
                         Calendar
                    Executive Order
                          Update
PROPOSED CHANGES TO EXECUTIVE
ORDER 12873 MAY STREAMLINE
FACILITY REPORTING

In recent months, the Federal Environmental Executive
released draft proposed changes to Executive Order (E.O.)
12873, Federal Acquisition, Recycling, and Waste
Prevention. The proposed changes would update the E.O.
by incorporating lessons learned and addressing revised
regulations. The changes may streamline facility reporting
in response to environmental directives, consolidating the
reporting requirements of the so-called "greening the
government" executive orders. These orders include E.O.
12843, Procurement Requirements and Policies for Federal
Agencies for Ozone-Depleting Substances; E.O. 12844,
Federal Use of Alternative Fueled Vehicles; E.O. 12845,
Requiring Agencies to Purchase Energy-Efficient
Computers; E.O.  12856, Federal Compliance with Right-to-
Know Laws and Pollution Prevention; E.O. 12873, Federal
Acquisition, Recycling, and Waste Prevention; E.O. 12902,
Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation at Federal
Facilities; and E.O. 12969, Federal Acquisition and
Community Right to Know.

The proposed changes to the E.O. may establish
performance goals and requirements to track progress in
pollution prevention, and may emphasize responsibilities to
be delegated if environmental efforts are to be successful.
The E.O. also may revise certain definitions to be more
consistent with statutes or regulations.  These types of
changes may clarify ambiguous terms, assist agencies in
formulating guidance to comply, and incorporate lessons
learned to help others steer clear of past pitfalls. While it is
unclear exactly what the E.O. revisions will be or when a
new order will be issued, EPA's pollution prevention
program will effectively address any resulting directives.  It
is anticipated that any changes will only assist our program
in moving forward and in promoting better ways to prevent
pollution. /
If you have questions about the activities below or want to
publicize an event, call the Clearinghouse at (202) 260-9803.
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JULY
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TeleFEMP VI: Energy Technology Solution for
the '90s and Beyond, Teleconference*
Building Business Workshop, Los Angeles,
CA**  
Building Momentum Workshop, St. Louis, MO**
Building Owners and Managers Association
(BOMA), Philadelphia, PA#
Building Know-How Lighting Upgrade Sessions,
Seattle, WA**
Building Know-How Lighting Upgrade Sessions,
Dallas, TX**
Building Momentum Workshop, Cincinnati,
OH**
Building Know-How Lighting Upgrade Sessions,
Detroit, MI**
AUGUST
3-5       Energy '98: Breaking the Barriers, Bellevue,
          WA (see http://www.energy98.gsa.gov) A
6         Building Business Workshop, San Francisco,
          CA**
23-28     Energy Efficiency in a Competitive Environment,
          Pacific Grove, GAJ

*   Jacinda Davis, (202) 289-2201
**  Energy Star Hotline, 1-888-STAR-YES
#   Phil Coleman, Lawrence Berkeley National
    Laboratories, (202) 484-8485
A   Rick Klimkos, Federal Energy Management Program,
    (202) 586-8287
J   Rebecca Lunetta, American Council for and Energy
    Efficient Economy,  (202) 429-8873

More information on upcoming workshops may be found at
http://www.epa.gov/appdstar/buildings/schedule.htmland
http://www.ebuild.com.

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