GSA outlines role for green buildings office

The General Services Administration has designated its two-year-old Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings as the lead agency to promote, coordinate and advocate for green building activities throughout the federal government.

Under the economic stimulus law, the office will develop environmental standards and practices for federal facilities, according to a plan GSA posted on Recovery.gov May 18. Green buildings use technologies, designs and practices that reduce their environmental impact and lower energy consumption.

Under the stimulus law, the agency is spending $5.5 billion for new construction, repairs and alterations, and energy modernization.

Officials said they expect to name a permanent director for the office by July 31 and are creating a federal green building advisory committee and a research plan.

About the Author

Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

Featured

  • Defense
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) reveal concept renderings for the Next NGA West (N2W) campus from the design-build team McCarthy HITT winning proposal. The entirety of the campus is anticipated to be operational in 2025.

    How NGA is tackling interoperability challenges

    Mark Munsell, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s CTO, talks about talent shortages and how the agency is working to get more unclassified data.

  • Veterans Affairs
    Veterans Affairs CIO Jim Gfrerer speaks at an Oct. 10 FCW event (Photo credit: Troy K. Schneider)

    VA's pivot to agile

    With 10 months on the job, Veterans Affairs CIO Jim Gfrerer is pushing his organization toward a culture of constant delivery.

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.