Energy Conservation

As the nation’s largest energy consumer, the federal government establishes policies for improving energy management in an effort to reduce building operations costs, lower emissions that contribute to air pollution and global warming; and conserve resources. Agencies can get assistance to meet their energy reduction needs from GSA's Rocky Mountain Region.

The Rocky Mountain Region is actively involved in improving energy management. For example, the Denver Federal Center (DFC) purchased Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs), reducing fuel consumption and air emissions. Additionally, the Center replaced a backup generator with a hydrogen fuel cell, eliminating petroleum use and hydrocarbon emissions.

Sustainability and Environmental Management Program


  • Reduce energy usage
  • Expand the use of renewable energy


  • Reduce energy usage by 2.5% per year for the next 10 years for a 25% reduction, using 2015 baseline data [EO 13693]
  • Implement renewable energy projects
  • Ensure all new and remodeled construction projects incorporate LEED Gold design standards and specifications
  • All new Federal Buildings and major renovation projects shall be designed so that fossil fuel consumption is reduced to meet targets set in EISA 2007

Federal, State, and Local Policy and Regulations

Additional Resources

Procedures and Forms

For more information about this program contact:
Andrew Olsen: or 303-236-5376
Tyler Cooper: or 303-236-2966

Last Reviewed: 2021-07-14