GSA: Federal Building Practices Take Sustainability to New Level
The federal government will be champions of sustainability, GSA Administrator Martha Johnson said July 20 at the White House Clean Energy Economy Forum on Sustainable Buildings.
"The economy of the 21st century will be renewed and built on pillars of sustainability,” Johnson said. “To that end, the president is keen on building a green federal government that innovates and works with the best of the private sector.”
The forum – convened by White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Ronald Sims, and Johnson – brought together White House officials, federal agency experts, and community and private sector leaders to discuss initiatives that will help build the country’s clean energy economy, create jobs, and enhance America’s competitiveness.Johnson noted GSA’s significant role in guiding and leveraging the purchasing power of the federal government to test, prove and bring to scale new ideas and technologies.
“GSA’s reach is broad as well as deep," she said. "We touch both the river of government acquisitions as well as a significant portion of the buildings portfolio in which the government works.”
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has helped with this agenda, Johnson said, by giving the agency $5.5 billion to spend on modernization and investments, largely in boosting sustainable performance in its federal buildings inventory. GSA has already put $4 billion of that money – nearly four times as much as ever before – to work pursuing smart and sustainable development.