U.S. General Services Administration Public Buildings Service—"Implementation"

December 1, 2002

The General Services Administration's (GSA) Public Buildings Service (PBS) effectively uses a variety of tools to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and help Federal agencies meet Executive Order 13123 requirements. Through its extensive national network, PBS built a nationwide program to help all Federal agencies meet energy reduction goals by guiding GSA regional offices in making energy efficiency improvements. GSA categorizes its buildings according to energy efficiency needs, prioritizes project implementation, and provides technical advice or direct funding to regional offices.

PBS highlights include: implementation of seven photovoltaic projects to reduce peak demand; installation of almost $50 million in energy retrofits to achieve savings of more than 1 trillion Btu; awarding of 23 energy savings performance contracts and 21 utility energy services contracts to finance priority projects that will save almost 535 billion Btu annually, enough power to supply 5,300 typical households for a year; incorporation of Model Green Lease provisions; incorporation of sustainable design principles; and purchasing green power. In FY 2001, GSA purchased 8 gigawatthours of green power, equivalent to almost 7 hours of power used by the entire city of Washington, D.C. By the end of FY 2002, GSA estimates it will purchase 14 gigawatthours of green power and anticipates the total green power purchases in FY 2003 will exceed 32 gigawatthours.

Team Members:

Denise C. Broskey
Linda L. Collins
Karen M. Curran
David B. Eakin
Mark V. Ewing
Donald R. Horn
Kenneth M. Shutika
Laura H. Strohbach
Steven W. White
Debra W. Yap

Members of the U.S. Department of Commerce team