The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 19th annual report of overall U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions today, showing a 3.4 percent decrease in 2012 from 2011. The Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks, which is submitted annually to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, presents a national-level overview of annual greenhouse gas emissions since 1990. Read the rest of this entry

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The Office of the Federal Environmental Executive is pleased to announce that the nomination process for the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s 2014 GreenGov Presidential Awards will begin on Monday, April 14th. We invite Federal civilian and military personnel to participate in the Awards to celebrate extraordinary achievement in the pursuit of President Obama’s Executive Order 13514 on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance. The GreenGov Presidential Awards honor exceptional Federal personnel, teams, projects and facilities, and programs that exemplify President Obama’s charge to lead by example in sustainability. The Awards nomination submission period will be from April 14th – May 23rd. Click for more information.

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Performance Metrics for the New Fleet Manager

 

By Larry Fredrich, Mercury Associates

I have worked with federal fleet managers for over fourteen years and often ask them how they came to be a fleet manager.  They typically answer “The previous fleet manager quit; I was here, applied, and got the job” or “I was working as a mechanic when the job was posted; it was a higher pay grade so I applied, and got the position.”  They are often promoted from within due to their extensive experience or initiative to reach a higher position within the organization. They now run multi-million dollar operations utilizing their practical experience gained on the job. The demands of the job force them to self-educate very quickly, and most adapt to the rigors of their work environment. Read the rest of this entry

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Corrosion Risk Prompts Ford Recall

 

Ford is recalling nearly 386,000 Escape sport utility vehicles from the 2001-4 model years because a corrosion problem could result in a loss of steering. The company is also recalling 49,000 vehicles from the 2013-14 model years because the seat backs are not strong enough, the automaker said in a news release on Friday. Read the article.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today issued a final rule requiring rear visibility technology in all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds by May 2018. This new rule enhances the safety of these vehicles by significantly reducing the risk of fatalities and serious injuries caused by backover accidents. Read the press release.

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GSA FLEET UPDATE

 

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Thank you for making GSA Fleet your preferred vehicle

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would like to share some new and exciting offerings and

program announcements happening at GSA Fleet.

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During this webinar, participants will learn about the top 10 resources that the Clean Cities Technical Response Service uses to answer common questions related to alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, and other petroleum-reduction strategies. This webinar is Sponsored by DOE.

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We recently recognized that some were unable to open the embedded links to the training in our most recent reminder about the availability of the EPAct 2005 Section 701 eTraining. As an alternative, please open the training by visiting the following link and clicking on the first training link listed:

https://federalfleets.energy.gov/information_resources#training

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2014 GreenGov Presidential Awards

 

 2014 GreenGov Presidential Awards Informational Webinar March 27th

REMINDER: On Thursday March 27th, 2014 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm (EST) the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive will host an informational webinar on the 2014 GreenGov Presidential Awards. Topics will include the goals of the GreenGov Presidential Awards, the seven award categories, the rules and guidance of the process, and how to develop a nomination. Note that this Webinar is open only to Federal agency employees and military personnel, as nominations must be written and submitted directly by Federal agencies. To RSVP and receive webinar access information, please email Emily Kent at ekent@ceq.eop.gov and provide your name, agency, and position. Space for this event is limited. Please provide your RSVP by 5:00 pm (EST) on Monday, March 24th.

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Auto Collision Tips

 

An auto collision can be an emotional and exhausting experience. Many motorists drive defensively, take driver education courses and prepare for stressful driving situations, but unfortunately vehicle collisions still occur. Read what AAA has to say on what to do when you are involved in a collision.

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