GSA and Other Federal Agencies partner to "make a business case for sustainability"
GSA’s Northwest/Arctic Region is partnering with the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies around the Pacific Northwest in a unique initiative to capture how federal agencies in this area are saving taxpayer dollars and the environment with their sustainability efforts.
Under the umbrella of the Seattle Federal Executive Board (SFEB), the Sustainability Spotlight was launched to show how federal sustainability efforts are saving taxpayer dollars and helping the environment; to share best practices, knowledge, tools, resources, and data among the local federal community in an effort to be efficient and effective on behalf of the taxpayer; and to measure the impacts of the agencies collective actions.
The effort was selected as one of six White House Office White Council on Environmental Quality Green Gov spotlight communities. Over the course of the next year, the SFEB and participating agencies implement behavior change campaign on specific areas including energy savings, green meetings, transportation and purchasing. Working together with the partner agencies and the Council on Environmental Quality, the SFEB will:
- create an online platform to collect energy saving and green meeting data, tools and resources from participating agencies
- share the information gathered through a variety of communication channels including the SFEB and the Green Gov Spotlight site
- develop additional resources agencies need to support energy saving and green meeting initiatives
- partner with the Federal Green Challenge and existing Green Teams to expand energy saving and green meeting programs
- aggregate regional financial impact based on the information submitted
- publicize economic and environmental results