The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to set an example by going green, too. The department has announced the creation of the Sustainable Operations Council, a task force charged with looking at ways to cut waste in all areas, from purchasing to transportation.
One goal is to attain a 40% recycle rate by the end of 2010. Aside from helping the environment, the effort is likely to save tons of money. The USDA occupies 89 million square feet of office space and manages 193 million ac