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Buildings and Fleet Energy Efficiencies Put GSA on Path to Meet

GSA #10354

May 14, 2007
Contact: Viki Reath,  (202) 501-1231
viki.reath@gsa.gov

Washington, DC – The U.S. General Services Administration operates its buildings at 5 percent below comparable commercial buildings and pays 12 percent less for utilities, GSA Administrator Lurita Doan testified at Friday's House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on "Climate Change and Energy Independence: Transportation and Infrastructure Issues.”

GSA reduced energy consumption of its inventory by 4.7 percent in Fiscal Year 2006. The reduction is consistent with the goal of President Bush’s January Executive Order 13423 requiring a 30 perecent reduction by FY 2015.

“I am proud of the leadership GSA has demonstrated in the federal community to meet or exceed targets set in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and by President Bush’s Executive Order,” said Administrator Doan.

Additional GSA environmental achievements and future plans include:

• GSA’s Alternative-Fuel-Vehicles (AFVs) inventory consists of 62,424 AFVs and 351 Hybrid Energy Vehicles, amounting to 31 percent of the total GSA Fleet. 
• GSA uses wind, solar and other innovative renewable energy sources in its buildings.
• Award-winning, energy-efficient buildings that incorporate sustainable design principles, such as the Charles E. Bennett Federal Building in Jacksonville, Fla., which cut energy consumption by more than 60 percent, a savings equal to the amount needed to provide energy to 208 homes for one year.
• GSA leads the development of alternative workplace arrangements for the federal community and, along with the Office of Personnel Management, is a co-lead agency for federal telework.
• GSA is working with USDA to identify opportunities to increase use of biobased products.
• GSA, the Customs and Border Protection and Federal Highway Administration are developing “survivability” strategies for land Ports of Entry, potentially taking remote Ports of Entry "off the grid."
• GSA is working to integrate power controls into IT operations.

For more information, visit “Go Green: GSA Environmental Initiatives,” at www.gsa.gov/green.

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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 8,500 government-owned or leased buildings and 205,000 vehicles.  GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 425 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 eGov travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.

Did You Know?  The Statue of Liberty’s welcome sign is lit through wind energy procured for the National Park Service by GSA.