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GSA Senior Sustainability Officer leads discussions, builds partnerships in LA
Regional Administrator Ruth Cox recently visited Los Angeles to participate in a variety of sustainability meetings in support of her new role as GSA's Senior Sustainability Officer. Cox attended the Los Angeles Federal Regional Council meeting to discuss California’s drought response with over 60 government officials. Hosted by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Water District, they discussed how various federal agencies in California are responding to the historic drought, shared best practices and explored water savings opportunities, highlighting GSA’s significant achievements in this area. GSA’s operations in California have already achieved a 22 percent reduction in water consumption since 2007, with aggressive plans to reduce by an additional 10 to 15 percent.
The visit concluded by meeting with Nancy Sutley, the new Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer for the LA Department of Power and Water (LADWP), and her team to discuss an expansion of our partnership. Ms. Sutley is the former Director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and a strong supporter of GSA’s efforts in sustainability. LADWP is already providing technical advisory services and financial incentives to GSA, but there is more the two organizations can do together to strengthen their shared commitment to energy saving, clean power and sustainable procurement projects. GSA continues to be active in several environmental projects in the LA area, including participation in the Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge and a large, multi-phased Energy Savings Performance Contract for continued improvement of our LA Service Center portfolio’s energy and water performance.
Follow the Energy Star National Building Competition
The EPA's annual Energy Star National Building Competition is on for 2014, and this year there is a twist: It's a team event. How do buildings form a team? By joining up with other teams owned by the same entity, of course! The Pacific Rim Region will compete and demonstrate exemplary energy and water savings by teaming 56 of our properties. Follow along with us on Twitter (@US_GSAR9) with hashtag #ESNBC.
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Regional Administrator Cox presents at NALEO Conference
On June 26, Regional Administrator Ruth Cox gave a presentation about GSA’s Land Ports of Entry (LPOE) program to a packed conference room at the National Association of Latino Elected Officials Conference in San Diego. The breakout session was entitled “U.S. and Mexico Bi-National Issues: Exploring Challenges and Opportunities Together” and featured other panel experts including the Mexican Consul General for San Diego, Remedios Gomez Arnau, and former California State Senator, Denise Moreno Ducheny.
With 44 border stations along the U.S. - Mexico border and over $500 billion in annual trade, Mexico is the second largest market for U.S. exports. In her presentation, Ms. Cox explained the importance of LPOEs and the critical role they play in the U.S. economy as gateways of commerce, culture and people. “The United States and Mexico share more than just a physical border. Our land ports of entry play a vital role in not only the security of our nation but also in facilitating economic trade and prosperity, cultural exchange, and connecting families and binational communities,” said Cox. She highlighted the significant amount of binational coordination required to expand and improve infrastructure at our nation’s borders.