GSA Study Promotes Sustainability

11/21/2008 |

The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) recently released the first comprehensive document undertaken by a federal agency regarding acquiring, constructing, operating, and maintaining sustainable buildings. Sustainability Matters is a collection of case studies and industry best practices that address GSA's green initiatives and strategies at all stages of a building's life-cycle.

"Sustainability in building design, construction, and operation is fundamental to our agency core mission of providing superior workplaces at the best value for the American taxpayer," says David L. Winstead, GSA's commissioner of public buildings. "We want to be part of transforming the building industry so that ‘green' is the only way of doing business."

With the findings from this study, GSA works toward accomplishing the goals of the Energy Policy Act of 2005; the President's Executive Order 13423, "Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management"; and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

The full text of the study is available at under "Sustainable Design Program Documents."

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