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Press Statement by Administrator Doan in Support of Presidential Executive Order

January 24, 2007
Contact:  MaryAnne Beatty (202) 501-1231
maryanne.beatty@gsa.gov

Statement by Lurita A. Doan, GSA’s Administrator, in Support of Presidential Executive Order
to Strengthen Federal Environmental, Energy and Transportation Management.

Washington, DC - Today President Bush signed an Executive Order that challenges all federal agencies to lead by example in the drive to move our nation closer to energy security and improved environmental performance.

I am pleased to pledge GSA’s full support to this critical effort.  Like the President, I believe Americans look to their federal government to set a high standard when it comes to conserving energy and protecting the environment.

Energy efficiency and environmental protection are already paramount concerns at GSA whether the task at hand involves construction of a new federal building, supplying government vehicles to other agencies, or utilizing alternative energy sources. GSA, through the Energy Center of Expertise, reduces federal utility costs by promoting optimal energy use. GSA brings value to organizations by offering strategic energy management programs that result in increased net operating income and enhanced asset value of real properties. Our resources are offered to all federal agencies and non-profit organizations.

Several specific achievements follow:

  • As of 2006, GSA reduced the overall energy consumption of its federal inventory by 4.7 percent compared to 2003 in response to goals set in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The agency achieved this reduction by directly investing in energy and water conservation opportunities with paybacks of 10 years or less.
  • Over the last four years, GSA has purchased a total of 949,984 Mega Watt Hours (MWH) of energy from renewable sources through competitive power contracts and through the use of green power programs offered by local distribution companies.
    • The Binghamton Federal Building in New York State is the first federal facility in the nation powered by 100% renewable energy.  The power flows from a new wind turbine installed at the Fenner Wind Farm in the town of Fenner, NY. This project not only demonstrated GSA’s commitment to energy independence and environmental stewardship but also helped to spur economic growth of a new industry in a small community economy.
    • GSA awarded a contract to Pepco Energy Services of Arlington, VA to supply the National Park Service’s Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with electricity generated from 100% wind resources. The three-year contract will supply approximately 28 million kWhs of renewable energy to the two landmark sites. Through this procurement, GSA and the National Park Service were able to demonstrate environmental leadership and generate a significant amount of positive interest in the purchase of renewable energy
  • GSA considers opportunities for solar and other renewable energy in its building design and retrofit programs. The Facility Standards for Public Buildings (PBS P100.2) incorporates language for solar/renewable energy sources to be considered in the proposed design.
  • In Fiscal Year 2006, GSA received and estimated 3,285 MMBtu (thousand million British thermal units) in energy use from self-generated renewable projects. Approximately 543.7 MWW of the total came from GSA’s 12 Solar Photovoltaic (PV) installations, 600 MMBtus came from GSA’s two solar thermal projects, and 830 MMBtus came from the one completed geothermal project. 
  • In Fiscal Year 2006, GSA funded two new PV systems. The first is a 40 kW array at the Trenton Courthouse Annex. The 2nd is a 300 kW Building-Integrated PV system at the National Archives and Records Administration facility in Waltham, MA.
  • GSA incorporates sustainable design principles into the planning, design, construction, and operation and maintenance of all federal buildings.
  • GSA utilizes lease provisions that encourage energy efficiency and sustainable design in buildings leased by the federal government.

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Founded in 1949, GSA serves as a centralized procurement and property management agency for the federal government.  GSA manages more than one-fourth of the government’s total procurement dollars and influences the management of $500 billion in federal assets, including 8,300 government-owned or leased buildings and 170,000 vehicles.  GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, acting as a steward of more than 420 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-travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.  

Did you know?  As of Fiscal Year 2006, GSA has reduced energy usage in BTus/GSF of 4.7 percent from the new 2003 baseline established in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.