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GSA Climate Adaption Team Awarded GreenGov Presidential Award

Senior White House Administration officials recently recognized eight GSA program managers as national award winners, in a ceremony at the White House on November 5. The GSA Climate Adaption Team comprised of National Capitol Region, Region 6, and Central Office employees, received the Climate Champion Award for their project, “Preparing for a Wicked Future: Adapting to Climate Change.”

The Council on Environmental Quality 4th Annual ceremony recognizes civilian and military personnel, agency teams, facilities and programs that have taken innovative steps to reduce energy and carbon pollution, curb waste and save taxpayer money in federal agency operations, was mandated by President Obama’s Executive Order 1351, that directs federal agencies to improve energy efficiency, increase the use of renewable energy, and reduce greenhouse gas pollution as part of Presidentially-mandated priorities.

In support of GSA’s efforts to help federal agencies prepare for the impacts of potential climate change, the National Capital Region’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Robin Snyder, and FAS Enterprise Development Specialist, Ruth Starr, were co-hosts of a series of preparedness workshops for federal stakeholders to review impacts of climate change on existing mission- related infrastructure. The sessions advanced organizational readiness and ensured that climate risk to federal agency missions are properly considered in all aspect of operational management. As a result of the workshops, several federal agencies are working with local communities to ensure effective mitigation and preparedness strategies are developed and implemented.

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