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GSA, White House Council on Environmental Quality co-host sustainable communities round table in San Francisco

By Alex Randolph

Round table discussion

GSA with its 360 million-square-foot portfolio and $50 billion supply chain has a unique
opportunity to drive innovative solutions into broad deployment.

On November 24, Regional Administrator Ruth Cox and White House Council on Environmental Quality Federal Environmental Executive Kate Brandt hosted a distinguished and diverse group of Bay Area sustainability stakeholders for a round table discussion on the nexus between environmental innovation and entrepreneurship. The purpose of the round table was to connect representatives from the private and public sectors who share in a common goal of creating a more sustainable community and to gather information regarding ongoing initiatives in the San Francisco - Silicon Valley region.

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) plays a pivotal role in the federal government’s implementation of President Obama’s environmental and energy policies. Increasing the sustainability of the federal government will help strengthen the economy and will ensure a healthy environment for future generations. As the United States emerges as a leading supplier and consumer of clean technologies, GSA with its 360 million-square-foot portfolio and its over $50 billion supply chain, has a unique opportunity to drive innovative solutions into broad deployment.

“As we implement the President's sustainability policies, GSA has a great opportunity to affect economic growth and establish ourselves as a worldwide green technology innovator,” said Regional Administrator Cox during her opening remarks. “Our efforts not only help mitigate the effects of climate change, but also help create jobs in the sustainability market and cleantech sectors for American engineered, American manufactured and domestically fueled products and locally delivered services.”

Round table participants shared their expertise and experience about how environmental innovation is a driving force in Bay Area and Silicon Valley economic development. The discussion provided valuable insights from a broad range of sectors influencing this market. By creating and maintaining relationships with others in the sustainability field, GSA has an opportunity to maximize their role and share best practices across organizations.

“The dialogue today was very helpful in learning about the leadership in sustainability taking place in California in the federal, state and local government and the private sector,” reflected Ms. Brandt after the discussion. “I am looking forward to continuing the exchange of ideas and receiving valuable feedback from stakeholders as we craft and implement the President's Federal sustainability goals over the next two years.”

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