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Hear the story behind and how a redesigned interface with local information and resources helped save energy and money.

Last summer, the Energy Department launched the new — moving the site to Drupal and providing users with a redesigned interface with local information and resources to help save energy and money.

As part of the Obama Administration’s Campaign to Cut Waste, the reform initiative is a significant step forward in the Department’s effort to improve digital communications while eliminating wasteful spending – so far by more than $10 million annually.

This presentation tells the story of what we did, how we did it and why, including:

  • developing content strategies for multiple audiences,
  • creating clean, user-centric design,
  • using Drupal as an enterprise CMS solution and
  • the power of going local with content, design and technology.

As Secretary Chu noted at the time of the launch, “Our goal is to make easier to use, more transparent and more participatory. This next phase is part of our ongoing commitment to empower consumers and businesses with information, tools and services they need to create jobs, save money and find opportunities in the new energy economy.” I’ll discuss how we’re meeting that goal and where we’re going next.

Session Details
Elizabeth Meckes (Department of Energy)
Session Status: 
Afternoon Keynote

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