The federal government is leading the nation's effort to combat the climate crisis and to spur the creation of good jobs and stimulate clean energy industries by revitalizing federal sustainability. GSA is developing robust and resilient capacity to manage climate change risks and secure federal real property and supply chain investments. To learn more about GSA's all-of-government approach to sustainability, climate and clean energy visit gsa.gov/sustainability-priorities.
Climate: Avoiding the Unmanageable and Managing the Unavoidable
By addressing climate risks, GSA is creating innovative economic opportunities that advance clean energy goals, create jobs, develop healthy and prosperous communities, and save taxpayer money. GSA has committed to 100 percent renewable electricity sources for its federally-owned real estate portfolio by 2025. This is an important first step towards the federal government's commitment to 100 percent 24/7 carbon pollution-free electricity by 2035.
The U.S. Global Change Research Program provides a gateway to authoritative science, tools, resources and webinars to help manage risks and respond to changing environmental conditions. GSA developed a resource on SFTool that decodes climate science's unique vocabulary and serves as a primer for building personnel new to the topic of climate change or looking for additional resources.
Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental policies. Extreme weather events, reduced air quality, and sea-level rise may exacerbate environmental and public health challenges facing minority communities and low-income communities.
The GSA Administrator is a member of the National Climate Task Force, formed by Executive Order 14008 to chart progress on administration initiatives and goals focusing on tackling climate change, creating good-paying union jobs, and achieving environmental justice. GSA's Chief Sustainability Officer coordinates agency-wide sustainability goals, the annual climate and sustainability plans, and monitoring of agency progress in meeting those goals.
Enhancing Resilience by Adapting to the Observed and Expected Changes in Climate
GSA screens all capital projects for sensitivity to the observed and expected changes in climate to inform adaptation actions. GSA created a workshop process in 2014, Enhancing Resilience and Reducing Vulnerability to Observed and Expected Changes in Climate, based on NASA's seven-step process, to combine best practices from the federal community to address changes in climate and help users to identify risks and develop strategies to secure vulnerable real property investments and supply chains.
Climate Change Risk Management Plan
GSA's Climate Change Risk Management Plan describes steps to make operations and assets climate-ready. GSA will work to address the impacts of climate change, such as extreme heat and sea level rise, using a risk management framework. This will allow us to integrate the plan's actions and goals into our enterprise risk management processes, ensuring the impacts of climate change are assessed and managed throughout GSA.
Buildings: The Structure of Tomorrow
With over 8800 federal assets under management, GSA paves the way in sustainable buildings for the government and private sector. From net-zero design, to green building certifications, to green roofs and advanced building technologies, we are proving every day that healthy and productive workplaces, a smaller environmental footprint, and reduced costs go hand-in-hand.
This video takes a look at some of the green building practices GSA uses to help the environment and save taxpayer's money. At GSA, sustainability is helping federal agencies meet their missions today, without sacrificing their ability to serve future generations.
Products & Services: See More Green
GSA acquisition solutions include a full menu of green products and sustainable services—helping agencies save time and money, while meeting sustainability and mission requirements.
Use the Green Purchasing Compilation on SFTool.gov to identify federal green purchasing requirements, review sample solicitation language, and learn where to buy compliant products. Agencies can create custom pages with shortcuts to frequently used products.
GSA works with service contractors of all types to incorporate green products and practices into their offerings. We also offer a wide array of solutions to directly address environmental issues, such as waste management and energy metering services.
Adopting commercial practices for managing supply chain emissions through supplier engagement can encourage efficiency and reduce costs and risks for agencies and industry alike.
Fleet: Fast Forward
GSA Fleet is the mandatory source for purchasing non-tactical motor vehicles. We work continuously with our suppliers to offer the federal marketplace the most current, commercially-available, advanced technology vehicles resulting in a greener, more fuel efficient fleet. GSA is committed to helping agencies meet federal sustainability requirements and will continue to make accessibility to zero emission vehicles and vehicle-related products a high priority.
GSA Fleet provides safe, reliable, low cost vehicle solutions for federal agencies and eligible entities. GSA Fleet's suite of offerings include vehicle purchasing, vehicle leasing and short-term rentals.
GSA offers more than 1,500 commercially available models of alternative fuel vehicles with a variety of fueling systems, from electric to hybrid systems to bi-fuel compressed natural gas pickup trucks. View GSA's ZEV fact sheet [PDF - 279 KB] for more information on zero emission vehicle offerings available today.
Workplace: A New Way of Working
GSA is creating a 21st century workplace to support wellness, drive down costs, and increase productivity. We help other agencies create a new model of the federal workplace.
Total Workplace is GSA's integrated approach to sustainable design, flexible workspace, and office technology. To date, Total Workplace has helped agencies save over $70 million while reducing space, cutting carbon, and supporting productivity.
How can a building promote health and wellness? GSA partnered with the City of New York and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2011 to develop a new building health and wellness rating system called Fitwel.
Visit SFTool.gov to learn how GSA offices across the country have designed workplaces to foster community, comfort, health, and a sense of place.
Results: Making It Count
At GSA, transparency is an important value and a key component of our sustainability initiatives. GSA measures and reports on sustainability as directed by the White House Council on Environmental Quality's Office of Federal Sustainability.