GSA Drives Innovative, Job-Creating Sustainable Industries
February 8, 2011
On the one year anniversary of GSA Administrator Martha N. Johnson’s swearing in, GSA continues support of green industries essential to the country’s economic prosperity.
WASHINGTON – This week marks one year since Martha N. Johnson was sworn in as Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration. In the past year, GSA has contributed to the nation’s economic recovery and energy-savings by investing in sustainable, innovative technologies.
In 2011 under Johnson’s leadership, GSA will continue to expand its support of sustainable industries that will set the foundation for future prosperity.
“GSA stands at the crossroads of government and industry. We are uniquely positioned to help spur growth in the clean-energy economy that is absolutely essential to our country’s economic prosperity,” Johnson said. “From high-performance green buildings, to advanced technology vehicles, to more efficient procurements, GSA will continue to pursue job-creating, innovative, industry-growing, green initiatives.”
High Performance Green Buildings
“Over the past year we’ve been hard at work making federal buildings more sustainable. Not only have we put thousands of people to work at construction sites and innovative companies around the country learning new, valuable skills, we’ve also invested in technologies that form the backbone of the country’s emerging green economy,” Johnson said. “That investment is already paying off. We are seeing small, innovative businesses grow and create jobs while we are decreasing energy bills at federal buildings around the country saving taxpayers millions of dollars.”
GSA’s modernization projects and new construction use the best and latest in sustainable technologies. Externally, the buildings are being fitted with cutting-edge technologies, including green and reflective roofs; solar panels; temperature-adjusting envelopes; and high-insulation, high-performance windows. Internally, GSA is investing in smart, localized metering, energy-saving heating and cooling systems, and low-flow plumbing. These innovations will immediately improve the performance of federal buildings and save millions of taxpayer dollars in the long term.
“We’re just getting started,” Johnson continued. “We are going to continue to make our federal buildings more sustainable and higher performing to ensure that we can meet the president’s goal of reducing the federal government’s greenhouse gas pollution by 28 percent by 2020.”
Advanced Technology Vehicles
In 2010, GSA purchased 23,000 more fuel-efficient vehicles for the federal fleet, including almost 9,000 hybrid-electric cars. This year, the agency will continue to make investments in fuel-efficient vehicles, including the first purchase of 100 plug-in electric vehicles for the federal fleet.
“The president set an ambitious goal of putting 1 million advanced technology vehicles on the road by 2015 – to put us on a path to reducing oil consumption by 785 million barrels by 2030,” Johnson said. “This year, we will build on those investments by purchasing even more fuel-efficient cars – including at least 100 plug-in electric vehicles. This investment will help spur growth in the emerging domestic plug-in market.”
More Efficient Procurements
In 2010, GSA launched the GreenGov Supply Chain Partnership and Small Business Pilot, a collaboration project between the federal government and its suppliers to create a greener, more efficient supply chain. This partnership will leverage the federal government’s purchasing power to incentivize private-sector innovation of sustainable products and services. Federal suppliers that join the partnership agree to voluntarily measure and report their organization’s greenhouse gas emissions, allowing the federal government to better understand its full environmental footprint while eliminating inefficiencies in the companies’ operations. Small businesses that have enrolled in the pilot will receive technical assistance and support through GSA to measure, report, and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
“The primary goal of the partnership is to work with industry to develop a phased, incentive-based approach to move government purchases toward sustainable products and companies, in order to reduce our environmental footprint and more effectively use taxpayer dollars,” Johnson said.
GSA, which serves as the federal government’s landlord, is responsible for more than 360 million square feet of space and purchases more than two-thirds of the federal fleet, and roughly $95 billion in federal procurements pass through GSA and GSA procurement tools each year.
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.