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Doan Keynotes 2007 GovEnergy, Participates in Local Volunteer Effort

GSA # 10385

August 3, 2007
Contact:  Deborak K. Ruiz, (202) 501-1231
deborah.ruiz@gsa.gov

MaryAnne Beatty, (202) 501-1231
maryanne.beatty@gsa.gov

New Orleans, LA – GSA Administrator Lurita Doan, honoring President Bush’s challenge to all Americans to volunteer more of their time and service to worthy causes, will join a home repair project on Sunday in the Zion neighborhood in her hometown of New Orleans.

The effort is associated with the 2007 GovEnergy Conference, which Doan will open with a keynote address on Monday morning. Doan said the neighborhood project was organized by the Zion City Community Development Corporation—a local, non-profit grass roots organization that educates homeowners and renters about energy conservation products.  Doan and conference attendees will visit several homes and install “energy toolkits.”  The kits include “low tech” energy devices such as fluorescent light bulbs, shower heads and weather stripping.  Residents will also receive energy conservation materials prepared by GSA and the Department
of Energy.

“This experience is very rewarding for two reasons.”  Doan said. “First, as a New Orleans native, I’m always pleased to be able to give back to my community.  As Administrator, I’m also proud that GSA offers so many energy-efficient goods and services. These offerings not only help conserve precious resources, they also help our client agencies meet their environmental goals.”

The 2007 GovEnergy Conference is geared to help federal agencies reduce energy use and costs and to meet requirements outlined in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.  GSA is a co-sponsor of the event with the Departments of Defense, Energy, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Administrator Doan will officially open the conference on Monday, August 6, at the breakfast plenary session.  Her remarks will focus on how GSA can assist federal agencies in their energy conservation efforts.

The conference is now in its 10th year and will run through August 8th.  For more information, visit www.govenergy.gov.

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Founded in 1949, GSA serves as a centralized procurement and property management agency for the federal government.  GSA manages more than one-fourth of the government’s total procurement dollars and influences the management of $500 billion in federal assets, including 8,300 government-owned or leased buildings and 205,000 vehicles.  GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 420 historic properties, and as manager of USA.gov, the official portal to federal government information and services. GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and E-Gov travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.

Did You Know?  The Federal Government is the largest single consumer of energy in the United States.  Federal buildings account for 30 percent of the Government’s energy use.

 

 


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