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EPA Recognizes GSA for Achievements in Sustainability

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Federal Green Challenge recently recognized GSA for leadership in reducing the federal government's environmental footprint and advancing sustainability in two Pennsylvania federal buildings—the Robert N.C. Nix, Sr. Federal Building in Philadelphia and the William S. Moorhead Federal Building in Pittsburgh.

The annual Federal Green Challenge is a national effort challenging federal agencies throughout the country to lead by example in reducing the federal government's environmental impact.  More than 400 federal facilities, representing nearly 1.6 million federal employees, participated in the Challenge.  The Challenge focused on six target areas: waste, electronics, purchasing, energy, water, and transportation.

GSA was recognized for improving the target area of waste in the Moorhead Federal Building, where facility waste diversion increased by over 10% in 2013 through several initiatives:

  • GSA’s Property Management Team collaborated with Moorhead tenant agencies to create a “Green Team” with over 50 members
  • Decreased overall waste generated at Moorhead by nearly 80 tons
  • Decreased the amount of waste going into the local landfill by 65 tons
  • Implemented an Earth Week campaign that raised tenant awareness regarding waste diversion through recycling displays, presentations, and guest speakers

GSA improved the target area of energy in the Robert N.C. Nix, Sr. Federal Building in 2013, reducing energy consumption in the facility by 3.3%.  GSA achieved this reduction by collaborating with our operations and maintenance staff, touring the building to monitor lighting usage, actively pursuing areas for energy conservation, and implementing a tenant awareness program within the facility.

“GSA's achievements in the Federal Green Challenge reflect the agency's commitment to making a more sustainable government,” says GSA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Sara Manzano-Díaz.  “Meeting the Federal Green Challenge goals in the areas of waste and energy contribute to reducing the environmental footprint and results in cost savings to the American taxpayer.  Sustainability is one of GSA’s most important priorities.  GSA is committed to creating more energy efficiency and cost-saving opportunities."

This article is part of the Summer 2014 issue of the FOCUS newsletter. Please visit the Focus Newsletter page to read our newsletter. To subscribe to FOCUS, complete the online subscription form.


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