GSA’s Green Project
The General Service Administration has made considerable efforts to become more energy efficient and cost effective through their green project. The strides the agency has taken to reflect their green attitude include: renovating their buildings, changing their technology infrastructure, and cutting down on energy consumption.
According to an article by the Environmental Management & Energy News, “Siemens Government Technologies is on schedule to complete, by October, a $39 million energy-efficiency project that will allow the federal General Services Administration to monitor and control dozens of buildings, in four states, from one location.” The article further stated this “project is part of GSA’s larger smart building strategy to reduce energy use,” where “agencies must meet a goal of reducing energy consumption in federal buildings by 30 percent by 2015.”
Similar to Siemens’ contract, the General Service Administration has reached out to other contractors, such as IBM and water management company Phigenics to attain the environmental friendly goal by 2015. The costly measures the agency is willing to take will be returned by the $2 million they are expected to save annually from cutting back on their energy consumption.
One of GSA’s tactics to save energy has been to emphasize its technology infrastructure. Parallel to GSA, other agencies have turned to information technology to help become more energy efficient. From smartphones to cloud computing, information technology has largely contributed to GSA’s green future.