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GSA Sends Sustainability Plan to White House

Screen shot 2010-06-03 at 9.38.00 AMYesterday, GSA Administrator Martha Johnson was the keynote speaker at a Potomac Officer’s Club luncheon at the Ritz Carlton in Tyson’s Corner, Va.

Johnson spoke about the agency’s goal of Zero Environmental Footprint, which she called both a “big hairy audacious goal” (BHAG) and this generation’s “moon shot.” Johnson, who was nominated by President Barack Obama this past February said, “Yes, we CAN” achieve this lofty goal.

The deadline for GSA’s new sustainability plan to be submitted to the White House was last night at 5 p.m. Johnson held the nearly 100-page plan in front of the audience during yesterday’s luncheon and she said, “GSA is not just talking about it; we’re doing it.”

Johnson called GSA the “storefront” and a catalyst for other agencies. Moreover, she spoke about the shared work ahead with the private sector and that GSA, which is now on the front lines of Obama’s agenda, cannot achieve the sustainability goals alone. There needs to be more collaboration, not just participation, Johnson said. She said she believes there needs to be a clear distinction between these two forms of open government.

Johnson also spoke about a recent trip to Georgia with some of GSA’s top leaders to build new sustainability ideas. Additionally, she also talked about GSA’s plans to hire a large amount of new talent in the coming months and become “the cool place to work.”

Check out video recap here: http://blog.executivebiz.com/martha-johnson-gsa-administrator-speaks-at-poc-luncheon/10097

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