2-Day National Summit Supports Customer Intimacy, Sustainability

By Stacy Buechele
General Services Administration

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2011 — Sustainability and partnerships were at the heart of a recent National Executive Client Summit hosted by GSA Public Buildings Service Commissioner Bob Peck.

The theme of “Building Our Future through Strategic Partnerships” set the tone of the event, which promoted collaboration and partnerships between GSA, the agency’s clients, and private industry.

The event, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on April 27-28, was moderated by Joseph Michelli, best-selling author; with a keynote address presented by Roger Staubach, executive chairman of the board with Americas, Jones Lang LaSalle.

More than 100 guests, representing more than 35 client agencies such as the State Department, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, and the Department of Energy, attended a series of panels on current real estate topics. The subject matters included asset management challenges, strategies for the new workplace, reduction of the federal carbon footprint, and the future of facilities, in addition to tours of the Cisco Telepresence Center and the Environmental Protection Agency’s sustainability efforts at the Ariel Rios Building.

PBS partnered with Federal Acquisition Service to present the innovative workplace exhibit, which showcased creative workspaces and demonstrations of the smart buildings tool and carbon footprint tools. In Amanda Fredriksen’s opening remarks, she shared an overview of FAS solutions the federal real estate professional would find beneficial.|

The planning committee piloted a GSA green events matrix to track their event’s green efforts, developed an environmental impact statement, and devoted a large portion of the event’s website illustrating the summit green initiatives.

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