Contractor Sustainable Practices
In Section 13 of Executive Order 13514, GSA was asked to consider the feasibility of working with vendors and contractors to track and reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to the products and services purchased by the government. As part of this initiative, we are requesting that vendors and contractors complete the Sustainable Practices Survey.
Industry partners have highlighted that sustainable practices result in increased operational efficiencies and reductions in costs and business risks, thus forming an important element of best value solutions. This brief survey, which should take less than 5 minutes to complete, will help GSA gauge the sustainable practices currently existing in the marketplace and allow us to develop appropriate contracting policies reflecting these practices. Additional information about this initiative as well as information and resources on sustainable practices can be found here.
It is not necessary to gather new information about products, product suppliers, or other third party companies in order to complete this survey. This survey asks only about the firm’s own sustainability practices. Completion of this survey is not required. However, completion of this survey is encouraged and can be submitted any time.
Unless otherwise indicated by contract documents, the practices discussed in this survey are not required by GSA and will not contribute to the selection of contractors. GSA is requiring or evaluating contractor sustainability practices in a limited number of pilot procurements. Contractors should not invest in these practices because of an expectation that they will help attract GSA business. Rather, if used appropriately, these practices may help contractors reduce energy costs and business risks, operate more efficiently, and improve overall employee and customer satisfaction.