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September 17, 2012
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Kathleen Hogan joined representatives from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and state and local elected officials to celebrate the opening of the new zero net-energy residential test laboratory. | Photo courtesy of NIST.
New Zero Net-Energy Facility: A Test Bed for Home Efficiency

The Energy Department partners with NIST to prove homes can produce as much energy as they consume.

September 14, 2012
The James Webb Space Telescope is a large, infrared-optimized telescope that is anticipated to launch in 2018. The spider-like sheets and tubes of wires you see here are the Optical Telescope Simulator (OSIM) for the telescope itself. OSIM will help scientists prepare the Webb telescope for flight by generating a beam of light that the telescope optics will feed into its actual flight instruments. 
 
In this photo, engineers have blanketed the OSIM with special insulating material to help control its temperature while it goes into the deep freeze testing of the Space Environment Simulator at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The simulator will mimic the environment that the telescope will experience in operational orbit, more than 1 million miles from Earth. | Photo credit: Chris Gunn/NASA.
Photo of the Week: The Webb Telescope's "Golden Spider"

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August 1, 2012
Dot Harris, Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, speaks about her engineering career to Native American students at the Intertribal Youth Summit on July 30. | Photo Credit: AnneMarie Ashburn, Department Of Energy.
Native American Students in STEM Fields: A Critical Need for our Country

The Office of Economic Impact and Diversity's Dot Harris recently met with youth from Tribal Nations around the U.S. to discuss the benefits of STEM education.

May 1, 2012
Greater application of CO2-EOR could yield a significant boost to the U.S. economy, including increased economic activity, improved balance of trade, job creation, and reduced oil imports.
Adding “Utilization” to Carbon Capture and Storage

The Office of Fossil Energy is doing their part to advance the all-of-the-above energy strategy by continuing to work with industry to safely, responsibly and sustainably develop our nation’s fossil energy resources.

May 1, 2012
The team of James Wei, Andrew Jin, Andy Xu, Allen Guo, and Will Chang from  Daniel Wright Middle School, in Lincolnshire, Illinois, built the fastest Lithium-Ion Battery Powered Model Car at this year's competition. At sub-6-second runs, their vehicle easily advanced to victory, being a full second faster than its closest rival. | Photo by Jack Dempsey, National Science Bowl.
Middle Schoolers Face-Off in Model Car Challenge

Forty-four teams entered the middle school Lithium-Ion Battery Powered Model Car Competition, and two teams distinguished themselves, one for speed and the other for design.

March 9, 2012
Peter O’Konski, Director for the Department’s Office of Administration; Lauren Hall, Office of Administration; Mel Williams, Associate Deputy Secretary and Director of the Office of Management, Ingrid Kolb cut the ribbon on the new Headquarters Mobile Work Center. | Energy Department file photo, credit Ken Shipp.
Faces of Energy: Peter O’Konski Builds a Better Forrestal and Germantown

Success for Peter O’Konski is often marked by people forgetting that he’s there – when they aren’t too cold or too hot and when their mail, car and printing arrives on time.

February 27, 2012
Andrew Heidloff, representing start-up company Iowa Powder Atomization Technologies, is one of America's Next Top Innovators. Secretary Chu announced the winners of the competition today at the 2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit. | Photo courtesy of ARPA-e contractor Dave Meyer.
Secretary Chu Recognizes America's Next Top Energy Innovators

Secretary Chu recognizes the America's Next Top Energy Innovators who were chosen out of 14 participating companies based on a public online vote and an expert review.

December 19, 2011
Natural Phenomena Hazards (NPH) Workshop

The Energy Department Natural Phenomena Hazards (NPH) Workshop, sponsored by the Chief of Nuclear Safety and the Chief of Defense Nuclear Safety, was held October 25-26, 2011, in Germantown, Maryland. The workshop brought together approximately 80 experts involved in the characterization of, and mitigation against, natural hazards that can impact nuclear facilities.

November 3, 2011
New cool roofs installed on the Energy Department’s headquarters building in Washington DC in November, 2010. | Image credit Quentin Kruger, Energy Department
Leading By Example

Four specific ways the Energy Department is leading by example to become more sustainable and energy efficient.

October 18, 2011
CX-007064: Categorical Exclusion Determination

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CX(s) Applied: A1, B5.1
Date: 10/18/2011
Location(s): Easton, Maryland
Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory