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GSA Unveils New Sustainable Workplace Design Tool

February 7, 2011

Online resource helps federal agencies and private sector developers utilize innovative, cost-effective green building strategies.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. General Services Administration today launched an interactive online tool that will help building managers identify and prioritize cost-effective strategies to make office buildings and workplaces more sustainable. The sustainable facilities tool,, makes it easy for both government and private-sector property managers to learn about sustainable practices and compare options for their renovation projects.

“Before creation of this site, there was no one-stop tool for learning about such a wide breadth of sustainable products and options available for retrofitting and renovating buildings,” said Stephen Leeds, GSA’s Senior Sustainability Officer. “Now, users can make informed decisions based on the best practices GSA has learned over many years of experience with sustainable building.”

The sustainable facilities tool features 3-D interactive walk-throughs of office interiors and material comparisons, where it prompts users to consider multiple aspects of office performance. It suggests dozens of detailed material and system choices to help green the workplace. The website also features sustainable metrics, links to essential regulations and guidelines, case studies, and an easy-to-navigate user interface.

“With this tool, we are sharing GSA’s experiences using innovative tools and strategies to reduce the environmental footprint of our buildings with the rest of the government and the general public,” Leeds said.

Since the 1970s, GSA has been a leader in the creation of new sustainable buildings and the modernization of historic properties for the federal government. To help build the clean-energy economy of the future and create jobs, GSA has accelerated investments in sustainable technologies that will reduce energy and water use, and save taxpayer money in the future. The sustainable facilities tool captures this extensive experience in reducing the federal government’s environmental footprint and makes it available to the public. In doing so, GSA believes both government and private-sector building managers and developers can benefit from the agency’s real-world experience with proven environmentally preferable materials, technologies, and systems.

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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.

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