By Kevin Kampschroer, GSA Director of Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings and Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
With hundreds of thousands of facilities and vehicles spread across the globe, the United States government is one of the world’s largest consumers of energy. This highlights how important it is for federal agencies to lead by example in conserving energy and slashing carbon pollution.
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) are committed to making the federal government go green by helping agencies implement solutions for energy-saving buildings, sustainable transportation, and renewable electricity generation. Last week, GSA and EERE signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that highlights how we will work together and with other agencies to reduce energy use throughout the federal government. These strategies include:
- Encouraging the use of Energy Savings Performance Contracts and Utilities Energy Services Contracts.
- Enhancing technology demonstrations in federal buildings by leveraging the Energy Department’s National Laboratories and GSA’s Green Proving Ground.
- Identifying mutual goals to shorten the time between research, development, demonstration, and deployment into federal procurement including GSA Advantage.
- Improving fuel efficiency of federal vehicles and increasing the use of alternative fuels.
Collaborating on the implementation of the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act Facility Manager Training Program.
- Developing a standard approach for building management systems.
- Integrating new technologies by using GSA supply sources to purchase energy management services, renewable energy, and other clean energy products and services.
- Increasing the use of renewable energy throughout the federal government and supporting renewable energy purchases.
- Developing a common set of metrics and measures for energy management that can used at every agency.
- Publishing and sharing best practices that support the use of performance-based contracting, integration of new clean energy technologies, use of energy management tools, and other ways to help agencies achieve their sustainability goals.
As a leading energy consumer, the federal government must walk the walk when it comes bringing about institutional change that benefit taxpayers and the environment. By taking the steps outlined in the MOU, GSA and EERE are helping agencies move toward the path of sustainability. Go to GSA.gov/sustainable and Energy.gov/eere for more on GSA’s and EERE’s efforts.