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Federal Govt Shifts to Hybrids & Green Procurement

President Bush issued an executive order requiring federal agencies to cut their energy consumption, shift federal fleets to plug-in hybrid vehicles, and expand procurement programs to focus on environmentally friendly products, GovExec reports.

Under Bush’s order, agencies operating fleets of at least 20 motor vehicles must reduce their consumption of petroleum products by two percent a year through the end of fiscal 2015. Bush said such agencies would begin buying new plug-in hybrid vehicles “as soon as they hit the market.”

Bush’s order requires agencies to reduce their overall energy use by three percent annually through 2015 and to cut water consumption two percent annually over the same period. It mandates that agencies expand procurement programs focusing on environmentally friendly products, including bio-based products.

The White House Office of the Federal Environmental Executive issued a fact sheet (PDF) on the president’s order.

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