The White House getting a solar roof

In what represents a core belief in Washington that the United States needs to shift towards renewable energy technologies, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced yesterday plans to install to install solar panels and a solar hot water heater on the roof of the White House Residence.

The announcement came around the first annual Greengov symposium held yesterday at George Washington University. The symposium had keynote speeches from Chu, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Janine Benyus, president of The Biomimicry Institute and co-founder of the Biomimicry Guild. The symposium was to honor the executive order signed one year ago yesterday by President Obama asking agencies throughout the federal government to develop green technologies, cut pollution, and save taxpayer dollars in the process.

The Greengov symposium will continue over the next couple days, coming to a close on October 7th.