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GSA Study Builds Strong Case for Sustainability

GSA  # 10557 

November 19, 2008 
Contacts:  MaryAnneBeatty, (202) 501-1231

Melissa Williams (202) 501-1231


WASHINGTON - The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) released the first comprehensive document undertaken by a federal agency regarding acquiring, constructing, operating and maintaining sustainable buildings. Sustainability Matters is a collection of case studies and industry best-practices that address GSA’s sustainability initiatives and strategies at all stages of a building’s lifecycle.

“Sustainability in building design, construction and operation is fundamental to our agency core mission of providing superior workplaces at the best value for the American taxpayer,” said GSA’s Commissioner of Public Buildings David L. Winstead. “We want to be part of transforming the building industry so that “green” is the only way of doing business.”

GSA takes the opportunity and responsibility to lead by example and demonstrates how to create sustainable buildings by intelligently integrating energy efficient and environmentally sound decisions and technologies into building designs. GSA uses the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Buildings Council, as a tool to evaluate and measure its achievement in sustainable design.  The goals are to conserve resources and create more productive and healthier work places.  

As GSA works toward accomplishing the goals of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the President’s Executive Order 13423, “Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy and Transportation Management,” and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the agency strives to leave a legacy for America that will outlast our lifetimes.

The full text of Sustainability Matters is on GSA’s website at under sustainable design program documents.


GSA provides a centralized delivery system of products and services to the federal government, leveraging its enormous buying power to get the best value for taxpayers.
• Founded in 1949, GSA manages more than one-fourth of the government’s total procurement dollars and influences the management of $500 billion in federal assets, ] including 8,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 208,000 vehicles. 
• GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 425 historic properties, and as manager of, the official portal to federal government information and services.
• GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and E-Gov travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.

Did You Know?  Currently, GSA has earned a LEED rating for 25 buildings.  LEED—Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—is a green building rating system used by GSA to evaluate and measure its achievements in sustainable design.       

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