Editor’s Note: As steward to over 1500 Federal buildings — including many irreplaceable historic buildings in low-lying and other at-risk areas — the U.S. General Services Administration is sensitive to the threat of climate change. Fortunately, as the government’s leading supplier of utilities, buildings, and vehicles GSA also has opportunities to protect our environment.This week, to celebrate Earth Day 2016, we will be highlighting GSA’s efforts to combat climate change and protect our planet.
On April 20, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) celebrated the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day by partnering with the Department of the Interior and the Office of Personnel Management to host an Earth Day Fair in Washington, DC’s Rawlins Park. The theme of the fair was “Trees for the Earth.”
National Capital Region Administrator Julia E. Hudson represented GSA at the festivities along with GSA’s National Capital Region Sustainability Office and the GSA Central Office Green Team.“As a federal leader in Sustainability, every day is Earth Day here at GSA,” said Administrator Hudson. “GSA’s commitment to cutting carbon emissions through building renovations, renewable power and efficient fleets remains an integral part of our mission.”
The participating federal agencies hosted over 20 interactive educational exhibits to showcase their efforts to fight climate change and protect the environment. The Trees for the Earth was more than just a theme for some of the booths. The National Park Service had one such booth with interactive maps educating attendees about our national parks across the country.
The event was open to the public, and with over 200 participants it was a huge success. To learn more about GSA’s making a more sustainable government visit: www.gsa.gov/sustainability.