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Sustainability in the Heartland

In response to Executive Order 13514 and the creation of GSA’s Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan, GSA’s Heartland Region is working to improve performance in its federal building and automotive fleet inventories, integrate sustainable decision-making into its business processes, and educate federal employees and the public about sustainable behaviors.

The Heartland has robust programs dedicated to exceeding federal sustainability targets in waste diversion and food waste composting; green procurement; electronic stewardship; and water and energy conservation.  Contact the GSA Heartland Region to obtain sustainability services or learn more about program offerings.

Cutting costs and space
GSA is reducing the amount of space the federal government owns and operates in order to save money and reduce its environmental footprint. Through innovative and sustainable workplace strategies, GSA is working to cut space by 40 percent and save taxpayer dollars used for utilities, maintenance and a host of other operating expenses. Check our our Workplace Effectiveness Research Publications.

Other cost-saving efforts:

  • If your agency has a data center, we can help save you money. The Wireless Sensor Network Data Center Project at the Goodfellow Federal Complex in St. Louis achieved $30,000 in annual cost savings by measuring cooling system efficiency, air pressure, circulation and other factors; analyzing the findings; and making changes to improve efficiency. The simple payback on the project is 3.4 years. The project was part of GSA’s Green Proving Ground, a program to evaluate innovative green technologies and their future use in the public and private sectors. Learn more about this data center project
  • Through energy and water conservation efforts, the region realized nearly $4.2 million in utility cost avoidance in fiscal year 2012 from fiscal year 2011.
  • Region 6 GSAers and tenants have stepped up solid waste diversion efforts, and now taxpayers will save more than $77,000 annually in trash service costs at three Heartland federal properties.

Tools for federal agencies
When planning your work spaces, use GSA’s Sustainable Facilities Tool to learn about sustainable workplace strategies and to research and compare green products. Contact GSA for help with procuring green goods and services, planning your next sustainable space or reducing your space and environmental footprint.

Other ways GSA and its Heartland Region are making a difference:

  • We have reduced Scope 1 and 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 25.4 percent since 2008.
  • The region has decreased energy usage by 20.2 percent since 2003.
  • Seventeen buildings have advanced meters through the Smart & Sustainable Buildings Program, allowing the Heartland Region to analyze real-time utility usage data. Seven more are in-process.
  • The region has decreased water usage by 14.3 percent since 2007.
  • In 2012, the Heartland recycled more than 50 percent of its solid waste, totaling 2,162 tons of materials.
  • The Heartland Region owns two U.S. Green Buildings Council  Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified assets (one gold and one silver) and has LEED Commercial Interiors certified space in another federal property.
  • The Public Buildings Service leases space for other federal agencies in 17 buildings that have achieved LEED (six gold, eight silver and three certified designations).
  • More than 14 percent of Heartland buildings meet The Federal Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings.
  • A Green Purchasing Plan is in place to facilitate the procurement of environmentally preferable products and services, and 95 percent of the region's contracts comply with the GPP.
  • The Heartland is looking at climate adaptation issues as they relate to sustainability of property assets. Partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture at 8930 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, Mo., GSA’s Public Buildings and Federal Acquisition services worked to explore creation of a climate adaptation plan, with specific attention being paid to two climate factors -- drought and extreme temperature -- as a pilot for GSA’s Climate Adaptation Policy.
  • The region has increased employee telework, decreased travel and began utilizing more video teleconferencing in order to save taxpayer dollars, eliminate emissions and improve air quality.
  • GSA is working with industry partners, academia, nonprofits and other federal agencies to green the supply chain for products and services.

To see how GSA is meeting the triple bottom line check out our scorecard or other agency scorecards.


Brad Nies
(816) 823-3422

energy, efficiency, sustainability, heartland