GSA’s Green Building Design Efforts Help Reduce Carbon Output
November 18, 2010
GSA Administrator Martha Johnson attended the GreenBuild 2010 conference in Chicago Nov. 17, where she explained the importance the agency’s green building design plays in reducing carbon emissions, saving energy, and lowering costs.
GSA manages more than 360 million square feet of federal office space in 9,600 buildings. Buildings use a huge percentage of U.S. electricity, and the federal government is the nation’s largest consumer of energy, using enough annually to power nearly 41 million homes for a year. Sustainable buildings help save the taxpayer an abundance of money in utility costs.
The agency’s buildings are being used as green proving grounds, where new technologies can be put to work, rigorously tested, and evaluated. With the help of partners, GSA is developing creative ways to make its building portfolio a world-class collection of low-footprint, high-efficiency monuments to sustainability.
GreenBuild is the world's largest annual conference and expo dedicated to sustainable building design and construction.