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GSA Making Strides Toward Meeting Energy and Sustainability Goals

Agency receives top marks on all measured sustainability goals.

GSA # 10790

April 19, 2011
Sara Merriam, 202-525-9139
sara.merriam@gsa.gov

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. General Services Administration released its fiscal year 2010 scorecard on sustainability and energy performance showing the agency earned top marks for its progress in improving energy efficiency, cutting costs, and reducing pollution. Using the scorecard as a benchmark, GSA will continue to identify and track the best opportunities to make further progress toward meeting its sustainability and energy performance goals. Under Executive Order 13514, President Barack Obama directed federal agencies to lead by example in clean energy; and to meet a range of energy, water, pollution, and waste reduction targets. 

"As the government's workplace solutions provider, GSA is uniquely positioned to help federal agencies meet their sustainability goals, as well as its own," said GSA Administrator Martha N. Johnson. “The progress reflected in our scorecard shows that we’ve already made significant strides toward reducing waste and increasing efficiencies in our operations. I am pleased to say that GSA is well on its way toward meeting our sustainability goals and ultimately establishing a zero environmental footprint for the agency.” 

GSA, which owns and leases nearly 10,000 federal buildings nationwide, has partnered with industry to make federal buildings more energy-efficient through the use of innovative technologies such as solar panels, advanced lighting systems, geothermal technology, and low-flow plumbing systems. As a result, GSA now derives 12.5 percent of its energy from renewable electricity sources, including 2.5 percent from new sources, has reduced water intensity by nearly 9 percent against a target of 6 percent, and reduced energy intensity by 16 percent against a 15 percent target. 

By purchasing more fuel-efficient vehicles, including hybrids, GSA has reduced its agency fleet petroleum use by 22.5 percent against a 10 percent target. Additionally, GSA has doubled the number of hybrids in the federal fleet over the past year. 

In addition to being on track to meet its own sustainability goals, GSA works with other federal agencies to help them meet their sustainability goals. GSA assists agencies with incorporating sustainable building practices and procuring fuel-efficient vehicles for agency-owned fleets. 

GSA will update its official sustainability plan based on scorecard benchmarks, which is required by Executive Order 13514. The GSA Sustainability Plan is due in June and will be posted publicly on the Web.

View GSA’s scorecard at http://www.gsa.gov/graphics/admin/GSA_ombscorecard_FY2010.pdf.

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As the federal government's workplace solutions provider, the U.S. General Services Administration works to foster an effective, sustainable and transparent government for the American people. GSA’s expertise in government workplace solutions include:
• Effective management of government assets, including more than 9,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 215,000 vehicles in the federal fleet, and preservation of historic federal properties;
• Leveraging the government’s buying power through responsible acquisition of products and services making up approximately 14 percent of the government’s total procurement dollars;
• Providing innovative technology solutions to enhance government efficiency and increase citizen engagement; and,
• Promoting responsible use of federal resources through development of governmentwide policies ranging from federal travel to property and management practices.