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How GSA Going Green Affects Government Contracting

GSA Going GreenThere has been a lot of news over the past few years about the GSA going green. Government contractors may think this is just a nice initiative to help our government agencies be more sustainable, but it actually has a significant impact on doing business with a GSA Schedule.

Executive Order 13514, “Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance,” set forth in 2009 implemented repercussions for GSA Schedule holders and companies currently pursuing certain GSA Schedules. The order  lays out the following procurement target for federal agencies: 95% of all new contracts, including non-exempt contract modifications, require products and services that are energy-efficient, water-efficient, bio based, environmentally preferable, non-ozone depleting, contain recycled-content, non-toxic or less-toxic alternatives.

The government’s goals to become more energy efficient affect what products your company can offer under certain Schedules and Special Item Numbers (SINS). Under Schedule 56, Building and Building Materials/Industrial Services and Supplies, there are a few SINs that require products to be Energy Star qualified of Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) designated. One SIN in particular, SIN 206-4 for Energy Saving Lighting, Energy Efficient and/or Environmentally Friendly Lamps (light bulbs), Lighting Fixtures and Accessories, Indoor Emergency Lighting, Reading Lights, Lighting Sensor Systems, requires nearly all products (where applicable) to be energy efficient. The Solicitation documents states:

For SIN 206-4, Lighting Fixtures and Accessories, Indoor Emergency Lighting, Reading Lights, Lighting Sensor Systems, either by new offer or modification must meet the following Government standards. For SIN 206-4, all light bulbs including fixtures with light bulbs, must meet Energy Star or FEMP requirements (where applicable), and be qualified Energy Star of FEMP compliant.   

Therefore, if your products don’t meet these guidelines, or if you don’t know if they do, then you risk having your GSA Schedule proposal or modification to add products rejected. Do you know if your lighting products and other building materials and industrial supplies meet the stated requirements? Want help figuring out if they do? Contact us for assistance in determining if your products meet solicitation guidelines and the proper procedures for adding them to your GSA Schedule.

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