GSA Recovery Act Projects Help Prepare Workers for Jobs of Tomorrow
GSA # 10609
July 16, 2009
Contact: Maryanne Beatty 202-501-1231
High-Performance Green Buildings Save Money, Protect Environment and Create Green Jobs
WASHINGTON – The U.S. General Services Administration’s use of high-performance green building technologies will create jobs in emerging green industries and drive the growth and innovation that will ensure American leadership in the new energy economy of the future, GSA told federal lawmakers today.
In testimony before the House Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, Kevin Kampschroer, Acting Director of GSA’s Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, discussed GSA’s mandate under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to convert federal buildings across the country into higher performing, more efficient green buildings.
“The jobs created by these projects will provide practical experience in high-performance technologies, green construction and building operations,” Kampschroer said, “and the federal government can, though its example, influence and accelerate the adoption of sustainable building practices across the country. By updating buildings across the country we not only save taxpayers money through more efficient performance, but also institute important measures that will help protect our environment for generations to come.”
To learn more about how GSA’s green buildings save taxpayer money, protect the environment and drive the growth of green industries, read Kampschroer’s full testimony at gsa.gov/news.
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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 11 percent of the government’s total procurement dollars and $24 billion in federal assets, including 8,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 213,000 vehicles.
GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 480 historic properties, and as manager of USA.gov, 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? GSA’s High-Performance Green Buildings use up to 45% less energy and 39% less water than conventional office buildings.