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GSA announces first “Chief Greening Officer”

Poaching from the private sector, the General Services Administration has named its first “Chief Greening Officer” to aggressively pursue “innovative sustainable practices within GSA’s large portfolio of government-owned and leased buildings.” Eleni Reed has moved over from real estate giant Cushman and Wakefield to lead the GSA in “greening” the nearly ten thousand government-owned or -leased buildings in its portfolio.

It’s a positive step, and a move toward addressing President Obama’s ambitious 2009 Executive Order ordering increased sustainability in federal operations. As GreenBiz’s Joel Makower points out, Reed’s position focuses on green buildings, but will have larger reverberations – the GSA itself hopes its CGO will “drive GSA’s efforts to be a green proving ground and a market-maker for state-of-the art and emerging technologies.”

With an annual budget of roughly $20 billion and oversight of more than a quarter of federal spending, the GSA‘s decisions have enormous effects across the US every day.

2 Responses to “GSA announces first “Chief Greening Officer””

  1. hampton:

    Another example of the “small” things that are happening all over the administration, little-noticed by most of us. These things just didn’t happen for years, and now they are; wish the government could get more credit for them. This is what the Executive Branch can do.

    comment at 14. June 2010
  2. UG Reader:

    I agree with Hampton, this is great news!
    I’m anxious to see Reed’s plan evolve into some action.

    comment at 16. June 2010

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