Obama, the Green President.

Posted by: Mitchell H. Kirsch 0 comments

The President of the United States is serious when he says the environment is a top priority of his administration. This week, the President’s walking-the-talk on green issues comes through General Motors, and interestingly enough, the White House.

At a GM plant in Ohio, President Obama hailed the new fuel economy standards that would decrease greenhouse gases and provide clear directions for auto designers.

“For too long,” the president told the autoworkers, “our auto companies faced uncertain and conflicting fuel economy standards. That made it difficult for you to plan down the road. That’s why, today, we are launching—for the first time in history—a new national standard aimed at both increasing gas mileage and decreasing greenhouse gas pollution for all new cars and trucks sold in America. This action will give our auto companies some long-overdue clarity, stability, and predictability.”

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Innovative American products, saving communities through higher employment, AND green technology – what’s not to like?

Green technology, it seems, will even make it all the way to the White House;
The Obama administration will pursue LEED certification for the executive mansion, certifying it as a green building.

Although the White House won’t be the first historic building to undergo a green renovation, it will likely be an extremely difficult project. The building will be retrofitted with energy efficiency upgrades, water efficiency upgrades, products with low or no VOCs, eco-friendly cleaning products and much more.

[…] the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the organization that manages the LEED rating system, has offered to provide guidance to the White House as it pursues LEED certification. “LEED certification of the White House is absolutely possible and viable,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and president of USGBC.

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