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GSA Administrator Martha Johnson Partners with Seattle-Area Industry Leaders to Talk Dollars and Sense of Green Buildings

Discussion highlights business case for green buildings, lessons learned to date, and next steps.

GSA # 10789

April 18, 2011
Adam Elkington, 202-441-9210

WASHINGTON – Today, GSA Administrator Martha N. Johnson joined leaders in business, design and construction, and academia in Seattle to share information about the business case for operating buildings with clean-energy technologies.

“GSA has been leading the way on building practices that are helping to boost our clean-energy economy, reduce our energy consumption, and save taxpayer dollars,” said Johnson. “Members of the business community are also making notable strides in sustainable building and operations. Today's discussion proved to be an excellent exchange of ideas that will lead to further innovation for all parties involved.”

GSA officials met with Seattle-based representatives from McKinstry, Starbucks, NBBJ Architects, and the University of Washington to discuss the business case behind government and corporate decision-making to go green, lessons learned to date, and data that can be collected and shared in the future.

“There is a lot of innovative green building work happening in both the public and private sectors. Today’s round-table provided us with an opportunity to share lessons learned and talk about how we can best work together moving forward,” Johnson added.

GSA is the federal agency responsible for nearly 10,000 government-owned and leased buildings across the country, and is investing more than $5.5 billion to convert federal buildings into high performing green buildings.

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