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Executive Summary

Sustainability and the GSA Mission

Sustainability is a central component of the GSA mission and drives our efforts to support a government that more effectively meets the needs of the taxpayer by using resources more efficiently. Sustainability initiatives drive innovation at GSA and helps GSA identify new practices and technologies to better meet customer needs.

GSA Overview

GSA is the government’s landlord, providing office and other workspace services for the federal government. GSA owns or leases over 9,600 real property assets, maintaining an inventory of more than 370 million square feet of workspace for over one million federal employees. GSA is also a central procurement agency for the federal government, offering over 12 million products and services to other federal agencies. GSA plays a key role in developing and implementing administrative policies that affect all government agencies and is a leader in developing citizen-driven information and services and citizen engagement tools. GSA is funded primarily by reimbursements from other federal agencies for the goods and services that GSA provides. GSA had an estimated business volume of $65.7 billion in FY 2011, which represents more than 15 percent of the federal government’s total procurement spending. In FY 2011, GSA had annual obligations of $23.6 billion and employed over 12,000 people.


In FY 2011, buildings for which GSA directly pays utilities used over 184 trillion BTUs of energy, costing GSA over $422 million, and emitting over 1.8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e). GSA emissions from its internal fleet, which consists of over 1,200 vehicles, were more than 3,800 metric tons of CO2e (mt CO2e). GSA scope 3 emissions from contracted wastewater treatment, waste disposal, electricity transmission and distribution losses, and employee commuting and business travel accounted for over 148,000 mt CO2e. GSA also purchased over 3 billion gallons of potable water.

FY 2012-2013 GSA Sustainability Priorities

GSA remains committed to leading the federal government towards a more sustainable future. GSA recognizes the important role it plays in facilitating sustainability goal achievement for other federal agencies. GSA will continue to identify and make available innovative, cost-effective, and sustainable solutions for federal agencies. GSA will also continue to examine ways in which it can use its sustainability efforts to improve the transparency of its operations; reduce costs and eliminate waste; improve accountability and agency performance management; and fully integrate sustainability into its day-to-day operations. In FYs 2012 and 2013, major areas of internal focus will be identifying ways in which GSA can improve tracking and assurance for its sustainability goals; enhance accountability for these goals; and deliver better data on cost savings and efficiencies created by sustainability initiatives. GSA’s external focus will be on developing new or improved products and services to aid other agencies in meeting their sustainability goals, and improving their mission performance while lowering costs of operations.

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