GSA's Green Buildings Fight Climate Change
WASHINGTON – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) continues to exceed its green goals, supporting the Obama Administration’s climate action plan. The agency received top marks on the Office of Management and Budget scorecard, the government’s benchmark to identify and track agencies’ progress toward cutting waste, pollution, and costs in federal operations.
GSA’s green efforts help combat climate change by mitigating emissions from buildings, fleet, and supply chain. In the long run, this reduces our vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, including sea level rise, heat waves, drought or severe weather events.
GSA’s Green Efforts Make the Grade
- GSA reduced energy usage in buildings by nearly 25 percent from 2003, avoiding $238 million in energy bills from 2008–2013.
- GSA reduced water usage in buildings by nearly 28 percent from 2007, avoiding $18 million in water bills from 2008–2013.
- GSA reduced petroleum use in its vehicle fleet by nearly 50% compared to 2005.
- By 2015, GSA will reduce energy intensity by 30%
GSA’s Senior Sustainability Officer Ruth Cox said the agency is leading the way when it comes to sustainability:
“GSA’s success in reducing energy, water and greenhouse gas while increasing cost savings, greening the supply chain, and driving job creation in the sustainability market sector, will help mitigate climate change.”
For the full scorecard, visit Sustainability Scorecard 2013.