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    Author(s): Rachelle S. Meyer; David L. Nicholls; Trista M. Patterson; Rachel E. White
    Date: 2013
    Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-886. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 28 p.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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    We reviewed energy efficiency measures in facilities across the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, examining opportunities and obstacles, and identifying factors of project success. The adoption of energy efficiency measures at Forest Service sites was seen to be most likely when decision control was local to the site and when budget timing and structures were familiar to decisionmakers and planned for in advance. The role of information diffusion is an important factor in both the planning and demonstration phases of energy efficient projects. The findings presented can help other Forest Service units and other governmental agencies reach the ambitious energy reduction goals stated in Executive Orders 13423 and 13514. Higher returns on investment and more informed decisionmaking can be supported by better data documentation (pre- and postinvestment) and research into life-cycle analyses of project benefits. Much of the work summarized in this paper addresses minor purchasing decisions and energy saving equipment; however, future developments will likely include larger-scale projects, including new construction of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified buildings and new renewable energy projects. Resources to aid Forest Service personnel in making energy use decisions are summarized.

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    Meyer, Rachelle S.; Nicholls, David L.; Patterson, Trista M.; White, Rachel E. 2013. Energy efficiency in U.S. Forest Service facilities: a multiregion review. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-886. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 28 p.


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    Energy efficiency, federal government, energy conservation, lifecycle analysis, carbon emission reductions.

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