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Green-tech innovators: The federal government wants to be your guinea pig

The General Services Administration on Monday put out a call for “green” technologies that the federal government can potentially use in its buildings.

(Photo by Green Mountain Energy Company/George Nikitin) (Photo by Green Mountain Energy Company/George Nikitin)

The agency, which manages the federal real-estate portfolio, plans to use its own facilities “as a test bed to evaluate the viability of emerging building technologies and practices to save energy, water, and reduce operational costs,” according to a statement.

The GSA said it is seeking technologies that can be donated or provided to the government through testing agreements, with a submission deadline of Dec. 9. The request comes as part of the agency’s Green Proving Ground program, which seeks to find ways to make federal buildings more resource-efficient.

The GSA owns and leases more than 9,200 facilities, all of which could potentially be used for testing innovations.

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Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.



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