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Absolute Zero: US Is Closer to Building Zero-Net Energy Communities

Government Technology
November 12, 2014
By Janice King

The construction of new energy-efficient buildings for the American Public University System (APUS) offers insights into how cities and the private sector can work together on energy-efficient development. 

APUS worked closely with local officials and community members while developing its building plans. “For any local government, I would encourage them to be open to change and new types of building design and construction,” said Michael White, vice president of tax, budgeting and facilities management at APUS. “But organizations will have a more positive reception if they are sensitive to the local area and design buildings with compatible architecture.”
Local governments and developers can take advantage of federal funding programs for energy conservation to cover some project costs. Additionally, “State environmental departments can provide guidance as a company goes through all the regulations and permitting processes to construct a green building,” said Mike Gunia, APUS associate vice president of facilities.

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About American Public University System

American Public University System, recipient of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education and five-time recipient of the OLC Effective Practice Award, offers more than 200 online degree and certificate programs through American Military University and American Public University. More than 70,000 alumni worldwide have benefited from APUS's relevant curriculum, affordability, and flexibility in pursuing and earning degrees in such areas as business, information technology, and security and global studies. For further information, visit

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