The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is making some new moves towards sustainability. The Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings has moved from the Public Buildings Service to GSA’s Office of Government-wide Policy, and GSA’s Public Buildings Service established a new position of Chief Greening Officer.
The move by the GSA follows an executive order on sustainability, issued by President Obama in October 2009, calling on the federal government to “lead by example” in helping the nation’s infrastructure become greener.
“GSA continues to answer President Obama’s call to create a more sustainable government by becoming a leader in innovative, greener solutions and technologies for federal agencies,” said GSA Administrator Martha N. Johnson. “As part of Government-wide Policy, the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings will broaden its reach to provide federal agencies with the necessary measurement tools and policies they need to meet their own sustainability mandates under the Executive Order.”
According to the GSA, the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings sets policies and standards for building construction, operations, and maintenance across government. It was established by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to ensure all federal buildings meet sustainable design and energy-reduction targets mandated in the Act.